Let me explain the circumstances and the method of operation. We are playing in an exhibition hall. It is 10 miles long and 5 miles wide. In it are a milllion tables. Mist shrouds the far end of the hall. The control desk is a mile long and 1000 centrollers sit behind it. The method of arranging matches is intriguing: A match is not allowed to begin until the two players, the score sheet, and the table scoreboard are present, the table is available, and the correct time has been reached…

BCTTA LeTTers: June 1974

From the BCTTA Archives… is this 10-page, 7th edition of the BCTTA LeTTers publication from June 1974. The edition begins with head coach Frank Karika’s report on the BC men’s team’s less-than-stellar performance and the Canadian Closed. While brimming with the usual interesting stories, reports and editorials, this edition is home to Eric Calveley’s report on his experiences at the US Open in Oklahoma. To date, it is the only story of Homeric epic and scope to appear in a LeTTers edition. Also inside are:

  • Report on the BC Team at the Canadian Closed Championships by Frank Karika, titled “Team Unprepared”
  • Canadian Closed results
  • How BC athletes performed at the Canadian Closed in Whitehorse
  • Greg Eng reports on the BC Open where Eddy Lo is crowned BC champ
  • BC Closed results
  • “One Tournament Too Many”, a report on the Hungarian Open at Douglas Park CC
  • Chandra Madhosingh reports on the second annual BC Secondary Schools Table Tennis Championships (then titled the “Inter-High Table Tennis Tournament”)
  • A propsed tournament schedule for ’74-’75 by Les Baranyi
  • Announcement: two full feature table tennis clubs open in Seattle and Portland
  • Eric Calveley’s biting essay, titled “In Praise Of Apathy”
  • BCTTA President’s Report from Dan Gentry
  • Poor attendance at the annual BCTTA AGM where 17 people attended
  • A complete BC players ranking list
  • Letters to LeTTers: Eric apologizes in his inimitable style; a letter from a TT fan Medellin, Columbia asking to be placed on the mailing list for LeTTers (Wow!)
  • Canada’s performance at the US Open by Art Barran and Frank Karika
  • “My Oklahoma”, as essay-slash-report on his experiences at the US Open
  • “Beauty Is Youth”, a report on the Canadian Junior Championships from Chandra Madhosingh
  • A report by BCTTA Coaching Director, Art Ngai
  • BCTTA establishes an “associate” membership level
  • BCTTA officials list