The Legacy of Glen Peltier
I would like to tell a Dickens story, an adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Its called A Shuffleboard Story, and it’s about 3 ghosts that came to me in a dream. Each ghost represented Glen Peltier’s Legacy…..Past, Present and Future.
The first ghost that visited me was The Ghost of The Legacy of Glen Peltier Past. He took me to Canada, and I saw an honored young man in Ontario building clubs in Chatham Ontario. He taught new members, worked to get grant money, built courts. He became the CNSA President in 1985 as the sport grew and grew. The ghost then takes me to Florida, where I see Glen Peltier working with the FSA to grow the professional game throughout the state. I see Glen Peltier teaching on shuffleboard courts all over the state, visiting hundreds of parks and teaching thousands of players. He shows me Glen Peltier convincing Sam Allen to build a lighter cue, made of graphite, and The Buggy Whip Cue is born. He takes me to 1994 where Glen works hard to produce a video as another aid to teach new players. Then he takes me to 2006 and Glen is working tediously to pen the world’s best-selling book on shuffleboard — again to teach shuffleboard players. And the Ghost of The Legacy of Glen Peltier Past smiled.
The second night I was visited by the Ghost of The Legacy of Glen Peltier Present. This Ghost took me to the FSA website, and he clicked on the link to the lifetime points standings…..and there is Glen Peltier’s name on top, with 1,262 points. He shows me a Masters Records Book where Glen Peltier has qualified for 25 Consecutive Masters. He shows me where Glen Peltier has won 4 Masters. He takes me to the Clearwater Shuffleboard Club on a Wednesday, and there is Glen Peltier giving free lessons, as he has done for so many years. He sees Glen teaching hundreds of players….and The Ghost of the Legacy of Glen Peltier Present smiled.
The third night I was visited by The Ghost of The Legacy of Glen Peltier Future. It was the year 2113. He also takes me to Ontario Canada, but this time I am watching a family gathered around a large screen TV and the father is showing the virtual CNSA HOF to them his children, and to his parents as well. He is pointing to Glen Peltier and explains how this is one of the founding fathers of their family’s sport. The man then tells them that this is the man that wrote the book that later was downloaded as an app onto each persons smart phone.
The Ghost of the Legacy of Glen Peltiers Future then takes me to Florida, where the FSA is celebrating The 200th Anniversary of Shuffleboard in Florida. Everyone has on Celebration T-shirts, and Glen Peltiers image is on them. It is the Masters tournament and the contestants are in a heated debate over which record will be broken first….Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak, or Glen Peltiers FSA points total? You see, both records are still intact as of 2113. The Universe’s first Inter Planetary Shuffleboard Match between Earth and Mars is being held, and the winner will receive the Golden Bear Trophy, named after Glen Peltier. And the Ghost of The Legacy of Glen Peltier Future smiled. For this Ghost realizes that the future of shuffleboard, the game that everyone is playing now, is the real Legacy of Glen Peltier
What this all means to me is this……Shuffleboard is Universal. It is for the young, it is for seniors. It is for the handicapped — it is for the athlete. It is a culmination of what Glen Peltier did in the Past, what Glen Peltier continues to do Presently, and because of his efforts, The Future of Shuffleboard is the greatest Legacy of Glen Peltier.