I am so thrilled that I got to play games with and against these two superstars of shuffleboard. (Glen Peltier speaking) Just to watch them play each other in the masters was thrilling for me. They were the two big stars of the late 80s.
I never played with Charley (Bones) as he always played with Bob Jones. The team of Bones and Jones sent chills down our bodies. They were almost unbeatable. Charley was a great singles player. He could do it all. The team of Bones and Jones were both taught by Lyle Wood who played a mean game until his mid-eighties. I played many matches with Rosaire Biron (left) as a partner and against him. Rosaire played the most matches with Herb Holloway. Rosaire or Herb both did not want to clear the board. Every time Rosaire cleared he would say, I don,t like clearing. Rosaire did not travel if the courts were rough. He would not go to Lake Worth or Hollywood because of the rough courts. Rosaire was the best hider I have ever seen, except possibly for Russ Dehart. He would shave a block within an inch but never touch it. The closest masters was between Rosaire and Charley, Rosaire seemed to pick up the win each time, but just by a disc or two.
Rosaire won all his games in Ocean City New Jersey in the International, but at the time we all played as a team and no one mentioned individual records. These two men are from our past, but are very real to me. Pic on left is of the Winning ISA Canadian Men’s Team at Ocean City in 1985. Click on the pic to expand. Glen is at your extreme right, front row. Austin McDonald and Nick Klym are in the pic. I have the names of all, but cannot identify the others. Stan
BOB JONES Mt. Dora BOB JONES qualified for membership in our Hall of Fame in the 1989-1990 season by amassing 209 points in his career. Friendly, congenial Bob is one of the finest gentlemen players on the Pro circuit and should be no stranger to anyone who participates in state events. Probably the finest tribute to Bob comes from his very frequent partner, Charley Bone, who played with him in more than 140 tournaments over a 7-year period. Charley says their agreement was that each match consisted of two games, one at the head and the other at the foot. Over their long “partnership” never a harsh word was spoken. Charley adds that Bob “wasted” his youth on the pool tables and croquet courts, or he’d have been an even more formidable shuffleboard opponent. Congratulations, Bob! Welcome to the select circle of the World’s Greatest Shufflers!
CHARLES BONE ‘Charlie” is a member of the Mt. Dora Club in the Northern District since the late ‘60. His first win in the Pro Division was at Mid-Florida Lakes, a 2nd in the doubles. Later he placed first in the President’s Trophy Mixed Doubles at Peabody, Daytona. He won twice more the following year, a 4th and a 1st in the Florida State Open Singles. First place was no stranger to Charlie from that time on, as he was a dominant figure on the Florida Pro scene. This included Masters Competitions. By the conclusion of the 1986-87 season, he had amassed a total of 345 points! His most phenomenal season was in 1983-84 when he totaled 68 points and the most awesome was the fact that ALL of his wins (9 of them) were for 1st place! Four of them were in doubles and five were in singles, and he closed out the season with 1st place in the Masters as well. Charlie achieved a coveted Masters’ berth five times, winning that event twice and placing high the other times. He has limited his court appearances in recent years because of problems with exposure to our hot Florida sun. Hopefully, we’ll see more of Charlie in seasons to come.
Information supplied by Glen Peltier. Stan McCormack 2013 04 24. And re-posted 2020 05 31.