Jul

21

 Last year our national checker tournament was held in Springfield, Illinois. I stayed over an extra day to visit the beautiful Lincoln Library and educational center. Near the site of the Lincoln Law offices was a lovely old book store. Soon as I opened the door I could smell the books that filled every aisle and stacked on the floors and on tables and chairs. What a delight! I bought a couple "still" iron banks while there. I asked to see their Checker books and found a dozen stacked on a chair. I bought them all which included a scarce hardbound HORSFAL's problem book and GOULDS and other early books at a more than fair price for the lot. Glad I had my car and not flying with the extra weight of the books. Amazon has its place as does the Kindle. However, nothing will ever take the place of one browsing through old books and the aroma of those books.

Regards,

Alan


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