Hi, to all bridge players whether SERIOUS or SOCIABLE—
This is a website and blog intended for both kinds of bridge players of any age, who would like to see a return to the golden age of bridge—1920s thru 1960s—when it was estimated bridge was played in 40% of American homes.
That can only happen, in my view, by “selling” bridge to the general public as a social card game, not just a game for serious players as the ACBL is mandated to do. In the 20s thru the 60s first Ely Culbertson and then Charles Goren did that—and became household names for millions of bridge players.
There needs to be created a Bridge Boosterism organization with a mandate to promote the GAME OF BRIDGE for the global populist game it has been in the past and can be again. Bridge is a classic card game, with a lineage that goes back hundreds of years to whist. It DESERVES to survive beyond the small world of the ACBL, duplicate bridge, masters points, and tournaments.
I’m a purely sociable player, and one of the millions of OLD ladies who first learned to play bridge back in the 50s. When my generation of social bridge players is gone, it will be the end. There’s been a clear link between the generations back to the late 1800s when whist became bridge-whist, then auction bridge and finally contract bridge, as the game passed from parents to children within families until the mid-1960s. That link has been broken, and the booster generation is the first “lost” generation of bridge players. That link has to be restored, and new links created to the 40-year olds and younger.
Serious bridge has the ACBL to keep it alive. Not good enough! Bridge Boosterism is needed to promote bridge for the unique and POPULIST game it once was at all age levels.
If you love the game of bridge, subscribe to The Bridge Table blog, and become a Bridge Booster. First priority? Get an organization started!
See link below to an article from the May 2014 issue of the ACBL Bridge Bulletin. I had intended to give up on my 94th birthday in March until Al Levy came to see me, and article was the result. And so I decided to continue another year at most in the hope some ONE or some group of people will pick up where I must leave off.
Maggy Simony: Bridge Crusader
Sociable and serious bridge –
can they grow together?
Al Levy presented ACBL’s Golden Age Master certificate to Maggy Simony and his article about her one-woman campaign to re-popularize “sociable” bridge appeared in the May 2014 Bridge Bulletin. To read the article click here.