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Pop History: "Manny Isralsky: The Professor of Grand Slam U" (Cincinnati Magazine, November 1979)

Some people who read this may remember this time and place. A fluffy feature article in a local general-interest magazine surveying the bridge scene in the Queen City (Cincinnati) in 1979. Much of it focuses on the teaching activities of one Manny Isralsky, a local teaching guru who apparently taught thousands of pupils and published a book popular with local learners called Manny Sez. The article includes some looking over Manny's shoulder as he teaches, and claims that he was teaching 17 classes a week with 204 pupils. A few local players who reached the status of national champions during the golden age are also mentioned.

The description of his club/teaching facility mentions "wall to wall ashtrays". How times have changed.

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