If you have played duplicate bridge in Minnesota some time over the past 45+ years, then the odds are high you know Larry Oakey (TGLO). Larry has been involved in so many aspects of our game for decades - one might say he is truly the icon of Minnesota duplicate.
Everyone knows that Larry is an incredible player. As someone who was lucky enough to have TGLO as my regular partner for some years, I can attest to his enormous talents. I remember once looking at dummy, and thinking to myself "the only way to beat this hand is if Larry has the unsupported heart queen - and he leads it." No sooner did my brain form this thought, when - there it was; the queen of hearts. We could use up all the space in the Internet regaling people with stories of how Larry has shown his prowess at the bridge table!
Yet, as everyone knows, Larry's stellar bridge abilities are only one portion of the impact he has had on Minnesota bridge.
Larry is a master director. If you need it done, as well as humanly possible and in the blink of an eye - Larry is your guy. If you need some one to volunteer - no matter what the task - Larry is there. If you need someone to play with club players needing a game, filling in, solving any issue you can imagine - again, Larry is The One.
Away from bridge, Larry's other talents shine. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of movies. Any movie worth seeing (plus about 10,000 others in addition) - Larry's viewed it, knows the cast, the story behind the story, and so on. I don't know Larry's IQ - but, let's just say if you are a betting person, don't put up much moolah thinking someone else's number is higher than Larry's.
Now, despite virtually his entire bridge career playing with lesser mortals (as almost all of us are), Larry has earned over 10,000 masterpoints. And, in honor of Larry's "going over" and reaching Platinum Life Master, the Twin City Bridge Center is hosting a party to celebrate! The details are below - and note, this is one game and celebration you do not want to miss!
The Great Larry Oakey Goes Over 10,000 Masterpoints Celebration!
Friday, August 5th - 11AM
Twin City Bridge Center
Pot Luck - Bring Your Favorite Dish
See Everyone Friday!