Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in February 2008
Otto Hutter from Augsburg is for the first time represented
in our column, he celebrated his 45th birthday on February 7th. Some of
us have already met this enthusiastic collector in Forchheim
2004 who develops special activities in board work both in his club
and at regional level: he is not only the secretary of the Chess Society
Augsburg 1873 but also the 1st organizer of the Regional Chess Association
Swabia. On his club
homepage he has started a loose series of contributions to a club chronicle
which hopefully will still find some continuations.
Yuri L. Averbakh however has been a regular "guest"
in our birthday greetings, only one day later he could look back on 86 years.
A short time ago only he has once again proved his robust constitution when
he enriched the programme in Kórnik 2007 by a chess historical lecture.
Anyone who wants to learn more about him should look up our former greetings
Carlo Alberto Pagni now follows in our birthday list, our
correspondence chess expert from Milan celebrated his 77th birthday on February
13th. We already presented last year the essential dates and facts about
him and his extensive complete works on chess, therefore we gladly refer
once more to this entry. Will we meet
him again this May in Venice?
The doyen of our association comes from the US state New York, more exactly
from Bedford, he completed full nine decades on February 16th: Benjamin
("Billy") F. Levene. Those who attended our last year’s
New York meeting will easily recall him and his wife Hope, both have been
included several times in the galleries of our photo report (gallery
1 and gallery
Today Benjamin Levene is above all known as a collector of chess men
and sets, but in his younger years he was also an active player and
he was particularly enthusiastic about postal chess which is outlined
in the short contribution opposite from Chess Review 1944
(please click on the preview picture). There as well as in Christopher
West Davis' article from The New York Times 2003 [First,
There's One. Then Another, and Another ... – Closing
In on Chess] you will learn how everything had begun in 1930
in a Swiss sanatorium, the twelve-year-old Billy was coached there
by another famous patient – no less a person than André
Chéron! Moreover the NYT article lights up the extensive
collecting activity of Billy Levene.
After all Benjamin Levene himself has given a short overview of his family's
history and their over hundred years of devotion to dentistry in 2005 –
please read his illuminating "Portrait of a Dentist" in NYSDA
News – you will find it on p.16 of this online
We still wish our American friend many happy years in his retirement which
he will hopely enjoy in the best of health!
PS: You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!