Dolores and John’s
Induction in our SWCD Hall of Fame by Jerry Stannard
HOF ACTUAL PRESENTATION REMARKS BY INDUCTOR!
Had the Golden Globe Awards (2007 01 15)
Had The Hall of Fame Inductions!!
John L. Brown – FSA Hall of Fame Recipient – January 15, 2007 by
is my sincere privilege to mention some highlights about our fellow
shuffler and recipient of the FSA Hall Of Fame Award – Reverend John
there are many John Browns in North America. So many, that when John
attempted to establish a screen name for his new computer last year it
wasn’t sufficient to add his initial for his middle name so he tried
“Rev” John Brown and it worked. Now although there may be many
John Browns in North America, we know that none, but none, could be
like our colorful and talented John Brown.
first encounter with John was January 22, 1994. The evening before
driving to Trailer Estates for a Pro tournament I received a call from
my Southern District partner to tell me that he had taken his wife to
the hospital and would be unable to play on the Monday. So as I was
looking for a partner – guess who was also looking for a partner to
enter his first Pro Tournament in Florida. That’s right a very young
looking enthusiastic bubbly guy wearing a wooden cross with a smile a
mile wide named John Brown – READY TO GO! In that tournament we placed
second place in consolation, earning John one half point towards his
Amateur Status. He then completed his Amateur Status in a one-year
period. During a second one-year period year he completed his Pro
Status. His first Pro point was earned at Sebring, on February 10,
1997. This was a very slow start compared to the year 2002/2003, when
he earned 40 points, contributing to his goal which he is celebrating
has been and continues to be an ACHIEVER. Be it as – a class
president; high school valedictorian; flying an airplane at age 16;
obtaining his private license for carrying passengers in an airplane
at age 17; being elected as Outstanding Farmer in Indiana at age 28;
returning to university, at age 33, and graduating as an Ordained
Minister; serving as a Chaplain of the Children’s’ Home in Berea,
At this time, John volunteered to offer “garden therapy”
where he had as many as 80 emotionally disturbed gardeners using up to
51/2 acres of land for vegetables. He also supervised more than 100
Big Brothers and Big Sisters for 12 years; was a teacher; and even
attended a Peace Rally in Russia with his daughter – Donna, who we are
pleased to see, is here with us tonight.
you know John you soon realize that he is a “fountain of
knowledge” a walking encyclopedia a regular “Mr. Google”. Talk
about – politics, literature, history, geography, world travel, the
comics, farming, comparative religions; how to grow lima beans; and
yes ask the name of the invasive vine that is blanketing the trees in
the southern states and John has the answer – Kudzu. Also, almost any
topic mentioned reminds him of a good joke.
as we know John’s energy and drive to ACHIEVE did not stop when he
SHUFFLEBOARD – John has –
won the US National Amateur Singles held in Winter Haven in 1996.
won the FSA, State Pro Walking Singles in Leesburg in 2002.
played in 3 Pro Masters Tournaments
earned his 200 plus points by playing with many, many different
a special big total of 34 points earned with Allan Hamilton.
the biggest credit by far goes to John’s Individual efforts since he
has earned one third of his total points by walking, walking, and
again walking in 12 Singles competitions.
finale to his achievement was when Ben Coy and John won first place in
Betmar to give John the final 5 points to make the magic total of 202
points for the FSA Hall Of Fame Award.
continue John –
was President of the South West District two years.
played 4 times on the US – International team
was State Delegate for the S W District to the FSA
at present serves as Regional Representative for the US National S.
with Al Hamilton as his partner this Can-Am team won the CNSA Doubles
in Chatham, Ontario – not ONCE but TWICE!
been very successful in summertime shuffling in Lakeside, Ohio winning
two National Doubles with Walt Wadel – and in addition to all of the
above, for the past 8 years, John has been managing to find time to
write a regular weekly article on Shuffleboard happenings which
appears in the Bradenton Newspaper, and not merely reporting results
and announcing upcoming events but giving many human interest stories
about shufflers, as a “color commentator” for shuffleboard.
– and again in addition to all of the above John has been very
active in helping players to find partners – by his sign-up sheet for
upcoming tournaments. Without a doubt John’s accomplishments
contributing to the sport of SHUFFLEBOARD IN FLORIDA have been a
demonstration of intelligence, talent and perseverance.
only is it of some note what John has accomplished but there is more
that he could have accomplished with a little more cooperation.
example, Trailer Estates courts might now have an installed roof over
their courts if that young upstart John had got his way a few years
back. But have no fear John is still working on that idea and as usual
it is hard to keep a “good man down”.
is no doubt that John is a “bundle of energy and brains“. Can you
imagine living with a guy like that? Well therein lies part of the
secret for his achievements – that is, his intelligent and devoted
wife and partner for the past 50 years – one of our best Shuffleboard
Tournament Director ever – the wonderful lady Dolores Brown.