Another Great “Did You Know” by Kenny Offenther!! Ken Responds!!

DID YOU KNOW??—- SHUFFLEBOARD COURTS WERE INSTALLED AT THE WHITE HOUSE DURING FDR’s ADMINISTRATION.  IN 1945, A SHUFFLEBOARD PRODIGY FROM INDIANA BY THE NAME OF JOHN BROWN WAS INVITED TO DC TO PLAY. HIS OPPONENT WAS NONE OTHER THAN BESS TRUMAN, IN A CLOSE MATCH BESS HIT HER LAST HAMMER TO WIN, NO, JOHN BROWN DID NOT USE A DRIFT CARD AS A CHILD.

I promised you Ken’s reply to the supporting remarks by Earl.  It speaks volumes about Ken!!! 

THANK YOU EARL BALL-EARL IS NOW THE 5TH MOST SUCCESSFUL MEN’s PLAYER IN OUR 1OO YEAR HISTORY AND IS A GOOD FRIEND. I LOVE SHUFFLEBOARD– ALL YOU PLAYERS OUT THERE SAY IT WITH ME-I LOVE SHUFFLEBOARD!!! WHEN PEOPLE LEARN I AM A PRO PLAYER THEY ALWAYS ASK HOW MUCH CAN YOU WIN? I TELL THEM IF I PLAY WELL I MAY WIN 28 BUCKS. THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY I DRIVE HUNDREDS OF MILES EACH WEEK FOR THAT. I LET THEM KNOW THAT IT IS NOT A MATTER OF DOLLARS AND IT DOES NOT HAVE TO MAKE SENSE, BECAUSE SHUFFLEBOARD IS A PASSION. OVER THE YEARS IT HAS BROUGHT HUNDREDS, MAYBE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE INTO MY LIFE THAT I NEVER WOULD HAVE KNOWN OTHERWISE AND I LIKE 99.9PCT OF THEM!. IT HAS TRULY ENRICHED MY LIFE.
I HAVE SPECIAL THANKS TO GIVE, WHEN I WAS A 1ST YEAR AMATEUR WITH NO TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE I DROVE UP TO ST PETE TO PLAY IN A STATE PRO SINGLES EVENT WHEN I WON MY FIRST MATCH I WAS SURPRISED, MY SECOND MATCH WAS ON THE GRANDSTAND COURTS AND MY OPPONENT WAS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, GLEN PELTIER. I WON THE FIRST GAME AND A CROWD FORMED TO WATCH THE MATCH. AT THIS POINT ADULT DIAPERS WOULD HAVE HELPED. GLEN NATURALLY WON BUT HE WAS SO COMPLIMENTARY AND ENCOURAGING AFTER THE MATCH I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN HIS KIND WORDS. YEARS LATER AT TRAILER ESTATES FROM THE STAGE HE AGAIN MADE SOME GENEROUS REMARKS ABOUT ME, THANK YOU GLEN PELTIER.
I CONGRATULATE THE FOUR LADIES BEING INDUCTED TONIGHT- NICOLE AND SHIRLEY ARE 2 LADIES WITH WARM PERSONALITIES, JUDY ROSS IS A FORMER DOUBLES PARTNER WHO NEVER LOST HER COOL NO MATTER HOW BADLY I PLAYED. COLLEN AUSTIN WHO I WORKED WITH ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE REPRESENTS THE BEST OF SHUFFLEBOARD PEOPLE-SHE IS A GIVER. PLANNING THIS EVENT WERE THE HOLY QUARTET OF HELEN BIAGI, JOAN BUCK, COLLEEN AUSTIN AND LANDY ADKINS. STEVE BIAGGI USED HIS PERSUASIVE NEGOTIATING TACTICS FOR THE INCREDIBLE PRIZES-I THANK THEM ALL.
I WAS SELECTED 3 TIMES BY THE N.S.A.TO PLAY UNDER THE US FLAG IN WORLD SINGLES COMPETITION. MY GREATEST PRIDE WAS NOT IN THE WINNING OR LOSING BUT IN PLAYING FOR MY COUNTRY. IN DIEPPE CANADA, MARCHING INTO THE LARGE FACILITY IN THE PARADE OF COUNTRIES HOLDING THE U.S. FLAG, AND GREETED BY 500-600 PEOPLE INSIDE CHEERING, CLAPPING AND WAVING FLAGS WAS EMOTIONALLY OVERWHELMING.
SEVERAL PEOPLE ASKED ME LAST YEAR WHETHER THE MOST VALUABLE PERSON AWARD PRESENTATIONS WERE A LOT OF WORK. WELL, THEY WERE.–BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE A LABOR OF LOVE. HOW MANY PERSONS GET A CHANCE TO SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT GOOD PEOPLE FOR 23 WEEKS IN FRONT OF 90 TO 170 FOLKS? I THANK CHAIRMAN STAN MCCORMACK FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY.
SHUFFLEBOARD TEACHES MANY OF LIFES LESSONS ON AND OFF THE COURT BY WATCHING PEOPLE. HOPEFULLY I LEARNED I OR 2 OF THEM. YOU LEARN ABOUT DEDICATION THRU TIME SACRIFICES OF THE FSA EXECUTIVE BOARD FROM PHIL ON DOWN. FROM ALL THE DISTRICTS BOARDS DOWN TO THE SPEEDY COURT SWEEPERS OF BRADENTON LIKE JERRY EVERETT. YOU LEARN HUMILITY WHEN YOU LOSE A MATCH YOU WERE SURE YOU WERE GOING TO WIN. HOPEFULLY YOU LEARN TO WIN AND LOSE LIKE A CHAMPION. YOU WITNESS A HEART-WARMING EXAMPLE OF HOW TO LOVE AND CARE FOR A SENIOR PARENT BY WATCHING MY FRIEND JERRY STANNARD WITH HIS DAD GIB. FINALLY, YOU LEARN ABOUT COURAGE FROM PEOPLE LIKE JEANNIE ANDREWS, TERRI SMITH AND SUE INSIGNA WHO FIGHT SERIOUS HEALTH CHALLENGES WITH DOGGED DETERMINATION AS THEY PLAY WEEK AFTER WEEK ALWAYS WITH A SMILE ON THEIR FACE.
I AM HAPPY TO BE INDUCTED IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT AS I HAVE PARTNERED WITH MANY PLAYERS HERE AND EARNED MY 200TH POINT WITH YOUR JACK MOORE. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF RAY BUCK AND BOB SMITH YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS! I NEVER NEED BREAKFAST AT STATE TOURNAMENTS BECAUSE I GET MY NOURISHMENT FROM A GOOD LUCK KISS FROM CECILE MESSIER EVERY WEEK!
WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY GROWING UP 2 BLOCKS FROM YANKEE STADIUM IN NEW YORK I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN SPORTS AND DREAMED ABOUT BEING A PRO ATHLETE— AND THE ULTIMATE DREAM WAS TO BE IN A HALL OF FAME. I AM GLAD YOU ARE ALL HERE WITH ME TONIGHT WHEN THAT LITTLE BOYS DREAM CAME TRUE. THANK YOU ALL.
Ken Offenther, 2014 01 13.

 

 

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1 Response to Another Great “Did You Know” by Kenny Offenther!! Ken Responds!!

  1. john Houghtaling says:

    Another great story told by a great player!!!!!…

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