Gene LindsayThe ACF (American Checker Federation) recently lost one of our Life ACF Members and a top Master player — Gene Lindsay of Tennessee. Gene was 52, never married and no children. He loved the game of checkers, as I and many others do as well. The ACF a couple of years ago hosted an International Match at the Plaza Hotel in Vegas and we paid for rooms and meals for visiting players from England, Scotland and Ireland and received some contributions to defray expenses. Gene told me then he had a dream of putting $100,000 into a trust account with the interest to be used to fund a tournament every five years — we'd alternate between their coming here or a team of Americans going to Europe to play. We discussed his idea at several tournaments.

The day Gene died of a massive heart attack I received in the mail from him a large packet of papers that he found from when he was ACF Secretary in the mid-1990s. That evening I opened the packet and was pleased at what he had sent and decided to call his cell and thank him. I got no answer so I called his home and Betty, Gene's companion of 20-some years, answered. Betty and I chatted and I told her I'd called to thank Gene for what he sent and Betty replied, "Alan don't you know?" and then told me Gene had died that morning at 10:30. I was shocked and speechless.

Nigel Davies adds:

Events like this put things into perspective, and there tend to be more of them as we get older. Of the things we leave behind personal wealth may be one of the most transitory, and I suspect there is strong mean reversion amongst the descendents of the wealthy.

This leaves things like 'creative output' and the effect (good or bad) we might have had on friends and family. And all this presupposes that we're not here to just have fun.





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