Glen Peletier Speaks: I try never to write about one person because there are so many great players but I feel I must honor one Lady that whatever I say cannot do her justice. Her name is Mary Eldridge. She does it all with no fanfare, no great speeches, just playing the game her way. She played at a very young age and was very successful. She moved away but never stopped thinking of the game.
I was playing when Mary came back to Florida and I was thrilled to meet this lady I had heard so much about. I watched her and I knew she was very disciplined. she did not seem to make wrong shots; she executed so perfectly. I was still in the learning stage but she still took time to help me with my shot selection. Mary believes in herself and will try any shot she feels is the right one no matter how difficult it is. With Mary it is the game that comes first. What she has done in St. Petes is a wonder in itself. It is hard for me to write about Mary because I feel no matter what I write I can never do her justice.
Glen Peltier. 2020 05 02. To add to Glen’s fine remarks, I will now give you equally fine remarks prepared by the 100th Anniversary Research Analyst, Kenny Offenther.
SHE WAS IN HER MID 20s ATTENDING ST PETERSBURG JR COLLEGE IN 1965
WHEN SHE JOINED THE CLUB AT MIRROR LAKE;SHE IS STILL THERE NOW- 48
YEARS LATER!! ALONG THE LONG ROAD SHE HAS—1) PLAYED IN 9 STATE
MASTERS,WINNING 5; 2) WAS 2ND VP OF THE FSA 3) LEFT SHUFFLEBOARD IN
THE PRIME OF HER PLAYING DAYS ONLY TO RETURN MANY YEARS LATER TO
PLAY IN OCCASIONAL TOURNAMENTS BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO LEAD THE
ST PETES CLUB. 4) WAS INDUCTED INTO THE FSA HALL OF FAME IN 1993.
HOWEVER; HER MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION WAS PLAYING A LEAD ROLE
IN CONVERTING THE CLUB FROM AN HISTORIC BUT FASTLY FADING AND BADLY
DILAPADATED CLUB, TO A CLUB WITH UNIQUE USES. SHE HAS PERSONALLY
TAUGHT MANY MANY SCHOOLCHILDREN AND CREATED AN INSTRUCTIONAL
WEBSITE, AS WELL AS FOUNDING “FRIDAY NIGHT SHUFFLE” WHERE PEOPLE OF
ALL AGES PLAY FUN SHUFFLEBOARD UNDER THE LIGHTS, WITH MUSIC
BLASTING, FOOD AVAILABLE, AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENT, ALL UNIQUE TO
MANY PUBLICATIONS HAVE WRITTEN ARTICLES ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHT SHUFFLE
AND MARY ELDRIDGE. THESE INCLUDE THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE
WASHINGTON POST, AND MOST RECENTLY THE TAMPA TRIBUNE.
WE URGE YOU All TO VISIT ST PETE AND MARY WILL PUT YOU TO
WORK!! SOMEONE ONCE SAID OF HER, THAT HER LOVE OF THE GAME, HER
WILLINGNESS TO HELP OTHERS, HAS MADE HER WORTHY OF ANY HONORS
SHE RECIEVES, SO LET US GIVE A MVP PIN TO MARY ELDRIDGE IN
RECOGNITION TO HER UNIQUE CONTRIBUTIONS TO SHUFFLEBOARD.