DID YOU KNOW?? UNTIL 1958 NO POINTS WERE AWARDED IN STATE TOURNAMENTS. COLONEL P.C. BULLARD ACCEPTED THE TASK OF NOT ONLY CREATING A POINT SYSTEM BUT GOING BACK TO 1928 TO RETROACTIVELY AWARD POINTS. THAT HUGE JOB INCLUDED FINDING OLD TROPHIES, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, HANDWRITTEN RESULTS AND WRITING TO OLD PLAYERS. IT TOOK OVER 100 HOURS OF WORK. AFTER THE JOB WAS COMPLETE JOKINGLY THE FSA BOARD PROMOTED HIM TO GENERAL.
Stan Speaks: Just to remind you of what Ken has done, and continues to do, I am now offering Induction Remarks by Earl Ball, on the occasion of Ken’s Induction into the FSA HOF.
With Ken’s Next “DID YOU KNOW”, I will give you Ken’s Reply.
It’s an honor for me to stand before you this evening with the opportunity to present to you one of our truly great players, Ken Offenther, for induction to the Florida Shuffleboard Association Hall of Fame as a player. As so many of our Hall of Famers, Ken, has accomplished and contributed so much more to shuffleboard and life. I’d like to tell you a little bit about other things. He was born in Kansas City, moved to the Bronx in New York City went to college at the University of Miami where he got his degree and decided to move to Los Angles where he worked in the mortgage business. Ken’s always been fascinated with puzzles and was able to get himself selected to take part in several game shows and was a five-time, undefeated Champion on “Wheel of Fortune”. He won a car and several trips to Europe. In time he went to work for Bank of America and moved back to South Florida. That’s where he picked up the Sport of Shuffleboard. Work interfered with his ability to play as often as he would have liked but he played in the South East Coast District often enough to qualify for a number of “Masters” tournaments; he’s won five times. The South East Coast District thought so much of Ken that they elected him State Representative 13 times and he represented their interest and the best interest of Shuffleboard very well. He played a few State Tournaments each season and made an appearance on the National scene from time to time too. In fact, that’s where I met Ken in 1999 in Hendersonville. Glen Peltier put us together for a State Tournament in St Pete. Ken carried me to a 3rd in consolation, I doubt he has ever worked harder; I was an amateur and didn’t get to keep the point. Ken has won a couple of National Championships but more impressively he has won a golden cue; emblematic of an International World Champion. He also has a runner-up to his credit.
In The Florida Shuffleboard Association, Ken got serious about five years ago after retiring. He not only won the points necessary to qualify for the Hall of Fame but he also qualified for the “Masters” three times and played in all three. He was also the alternate once. He must have thought the Masters was easy because he won the first 10 games he played and ultimately finished 2nd. Ken was a member of the 100 yr committee and did the research and most of the presentations for the Most Valuable Person Awards. He also compiled the latest version of the top 100 point scorers all-time for the Florida Shuffleboard Association.
All of these accomplishments and yet they are nothing less than we would all expect from Ken and I’m sure he isn’t finish by any stretch of the imagination.
It’s a pleasure and a great honor to present Ken Offenther for induction to the Florida Shuffleboard Association Hall of Fame
11/24/2013 Earl Ball