A very successful competitive career saw Ed Richards winning back-to-back foil National Championships, an Olympic team birth in 1964, and medals from three Pan American Games.
When he became a coach, he started out in the Boston area with his namesake club, Salle Richards. He also taught at Boston University, MIT and the Air Force Academy and was one of the coaching cadre for four Junior World teams.
Moving to the West Coast in the 1980s, Richards taught at Westside Fencing Center where he was instrumental in developing some terrific young talents including Derek Cotton, Al Carter and two-time Olympian Nick Bravin.
A number of things have come my way recently through various paths. Taken individually, they add to the collection in nice ways, but don’t necessarily give me the grist to crank out a full story around them.
Ebay can be tricky to navigate. Not in a general sense. However, sometimes real gems can be found that are hidden between the lines when sellers don’t have a clue about what they’re selling.
Charles Selberg, or Charlie as he was more commonly known, in 1966 established the fencing program at UC Santa Cruz, home of the Banana Slugs. More, Charlie Selberg was an artist.
As a member of the Hall of Fame committee for USA Fencing, I get a chance to participate in the annual ritual of determining, in the fairest way possible, who is to be considered for inclusion into that prestigious body. But in the long run, just like every member of USA Fencing, I only get one vote.
These snapshots were taken at the 1963 US National Championships held at the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The event ran flawlessly, “…a fact that we have come to expect from Southern California and its Chairman, Fred Linkmeyer.”
The mastermind behind the ultimately triumphant performance of the US Masters team at the 1970 World Fencing Masters Championships was, without doubt, Raoul Sudre, head coach at Cornell University.
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