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== August 2009 ==
== August 2009 ==
Story in the Kelowna Capitol News about Jesse's history in SCRABBLE and a current fundraiser where he takes on all comers.
A nice write up about Max Karten, who won Division 4 at NSC in Dayton, was at EastBayRI.com (a dead link as of 2009-10-01).
Juanita Scott Washington, known to her friends as Nita, was a charter member of the Jackson, Mississippi SCRABBLE Club #427. She attended the first meeting in November of 1994 and missed very few meetings in the years since, making the one-hour drive from Yazoo City regularly. For the last several years, she served as Club Director. She moved the club's tournament from Jackson to Yazoo City and attracted a good turnout with her well-known hospitality. Just one among her many loving touches was serving her homemade ice cream to everyone at the tournament each year. She was a fixture at southern tournaments. As a player, you never assumed you had a game won when playing Nita. Everyone in the club has had the experience of Nita's coming from 100 points or more behind to pull out a spectacular win. She was at the SCRABBLE club meetings in May, as usual filling everyone with her smile and enthusiasm for the game. She passed away in June at the age of 62, after losing a very brief battle with cancer. Club #427 will be naming their annual tournament in her honor.
Gary Moss reports that Maddy Kamen is the 2009 - 2010 Club #350 Scrabble Champion. Congratulations, Maddy!
Billie is a long-time player, formerly from northeast Arkansas, and now lives in Alabama.
Source: Tuscaloosa News, June 7, 2009.
Congratulations to Jim Geary on his 3rd place finish in the 2009 World Series of Poker event #11!
Source: Poker News, June 6, 2009.
Congratulations to Geoff Thevonot for winning The Austin Chronicle Adult Spelling Bee. The paper featured the competition in its sports column “Playing Through” by Thomas Hackett:
The Threadgill’s competition started with nearly 200 entrants. Each round cut the field roughly in half, until finally Thevenot was in a showdown with Dave Riddle, a lawyer from Pacific Grove, Calif. The word that tripped up Riddle was “onomatopoeically.” In case you’re wondering, that's spelled, “o-n-o-m-a-t-o-p-o-e-i-c-a-l-l-y.”
How do I know this? Because Geoff Thevenot said so.
Source: Playing Through by Thomas Hackett, The Austin Chronicle, May 29, 2009.