Have you ever heard of R.K. Nidy? He installed almost every court in the U.S.A. When Glenn Monroe said he wished he had the old courts from the first Lakeland club at the new Lakeland club I thought of R.K. Nidy. Then I thought of the silicone acrylic paint that he used. Years ago, in the corner of Sam Allens store were piles of silicone acrylic patio green paint. That was the only kind of paint that was used on the courts. It was an oil base paint. Nella seal was used on the surface. When a new court was to be painted, no Nella seal was used on the courts for one year. Then the court was painted with the same oil-based silicone acrylic that would penetrate right through the old paint. As time went on people decided to paint their own courts and used a water-based paint. That ruined so many courts and R. Nidy,s son Lynn told me, that forced to go to the sand surface. Today some people use an acrylic, but it is water based. If only R.K. Nidy was still alive today. Years ago, Sam Allen asked me if I would help Robert Nidy get in the Hall of Fame. I did and he is. We all should know and appreciate who R.K. Nidy was. Look down on the courts and see his name. I often do.
Glen Peltier. 2020 06 10.