2-4. Nonagenarian Notions: There is solace in the statistics of playing bridge

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I use Google-Alerts  to unearth bits of trivia on topics for this blog. Notwithstanding statistics that the number of sociable bridge players is dying off faster than those coming in–I mostly get a feeling of optimism from citations for nonagenarians.

In keeping with my persistent notion that the number of elderly, old and even old, old (over 80) bridge players should be celebrated by the ACBL and bridge establishment, Bridge Table Chronicles will regularly post news stories about them. Admittedly, often the occasion for the citation is an obituary or an article about someone special who just died.

Personally I don’t even find THAT disheartening–we all have to die eventually! And, remember, these are all at least 90–they’ve had their fair share of life.

Here’s a couple for today:

“She loved to play bridge” are the last words of an article in the Ocala Ledger about Onie Ponder who died at 112! Onie was the 21st-oldest person in the whole world. Is that not a neat name? Onie Ponder. I’ll bet she endured many comments over decades of playing bridge about pondering her hand, pondering what to play next.

When asked the secret to her long life back in September 2010 at her 112th birthday party, she said, “The Good Lord had something to do with it. He treats me pretty well.”

Alice Chadwick a centenarian in England, offers a somewhat different view. In an article, “Blackburn centenarian reveals secret of long life” (Lancashire Telegraph), for Alice it’s a dry martini every day before lunch. And, she says, she played golf until she was 90 and  “I still play bridge at the club and plan to do it for as long as I can.


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