Celebrating John McMurdie
John McMurdie has been playing bridge forever–he made Life Master in 1972. Last night in Sacramento, about 100 of his friends got together to celebrate his contribution to the game. Through 40 years of teaching, club owning, directing, playing and idiosyncratic column writing (his column in the Forum was my guiding light), John has been one of the pillars of bridge in the Sacramento area, and it is only fitting that he should get the commendation he richly deserves.
John has a PhD in Soil Science, so naturally he was a programmer for the Department of Justice. He was also in politics, on the Davis city council for years–after his first election campaign ended in a dead tie and he had to roll dice to get the seat. He also ran for the legislature 3 times, but never got the seat.
Of course, Ronnie, The General, John’s wife of roughly forever, was by his side.
The night was put together by Bill Corliss and Judi Calaham
The event began with a happy hour–which ran over 90 minutes, so it was very happy.
Then came dinner, the usual banquet fare. There were 11 round tables of 10 people, and a dais in front where the important people were.
There were photos and videos of John’s life:
Friends got up to talke about life:
The event was a smash, bringing together friends made over the last 5 decades. There was also family–here are two of John’s sons:. It was quite a challenge to photograph them–they’re both about 6’5″.
I had fun taking photos of the guests, here’s a gallery of everyone I could catch and an apology for the ones that got away: