Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in December 2006
time Santo Daniele Spina makes his debut in our column,
the professor of archaeology from Sicily celebrated his 41st birthday
on Decemer 2nd. A first introduction already occurred in the Publications
of our members, and the impressive list
of his chess publications can be admired online as well. Some time ago
– more precisely in February 2000 – he was "in the portrait"
of the magazine Fernschach International (incl. a photo at the
title page), likewise you will find a biographical note with further details
on Sicilia Scacchi Web. [Former links broken (12/2007).]
On December 8th the inevitable happened to Bert Corneth,
our current treasurer from the Dutch town of Leidschendam could look back
on half a century. From the famous "Letter to Bert" he is above
all familiar to us as a profound collector – unfortunately he is
extremely busy in his job so that he is hardly able to keep up his hobby,
and that’s also the reason why he will have to give up the treasurer’s
post next year. But we are always pleased to welcome him at our occasional
meetings such as lately at the MEC
book market in November, and also his visit
to Michael Negele in Wuppertal was recorded on our pages.
Dale A. Brandreth of Caissa Editions has really
reached three-quarters of a century now, he celebrated his special day
on December 17th. We have already met the publisher of outstanding chess
books in the Publications of our
members as well as in the 2004 issue
of this column, this time we can only present a (slightly updated) book
list of his company’s publications.
Once again our December’s senior is Kurt Landsberger,
his 86th birthday being imminent 3 days before New Year’s Eve –
as usual he will celebrate it while spending the winter in Boca Raton
(Florida). After repeated appreciations in this place (2003,
there’s not so much new this time – at least we can announce
that the biography of his great-granduncle William Steinitz has now been
published by McFarland in a (presumably enlarged) softcover
edition. We regret a little that Kurt’s visit (together with
his son) to the Emanuel Lasker Society on May 12th, 2006 in Berlin has
not been further documented.
You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!