FROM THE EDITOR: Busy New Year!
by Linda Mojer
Season's Greetings! Happy Holidays! No, wait that was last
month; you're not reading this until well into January but
we've gone over that already. So, how are those resolutions
going? I've decided that I'm going to cave on the free time thing
I just don't have any, so I'm not going to pretend anymore. Here's why
The Internet. It's a form of torture. I'll be practically
out the door, but just as I get to the almost-blank,
all-but-turned-off, final screen I'll see that little icon for the
modem and think to myself "I'll just check my mail before I
leave ..." Ha! That's another hour right there, at least.
Then to the newsgroup [alt.sport.racquetball] to see if I really need
to address misconceptions in the cyber-field. Don't get me wrong
I love the instantaneous communication thing, but there's nothing like
a litte anonymity to bring out the best in people ... Finally, between
print issues, it's a race to get the websites updated, or I'll really
get an eye-ful!
U.S. OPEN. It's become its own lifeform. Not that I'm
frightened by 14-hour days I can take it but the mere
thought that it's going to grow ...! The television potential
alone, (with your help in getting ESPN to notice racquetball) is
staggering. If you'll turn to page five for the details, you can
become part of what we hope will become
massive letter-writing campaign to urge ESPN to produce and air
more racquetball events. If it's truly what you want, you have the
chance to make your feelings known.
Don't worry about me I've worked "in the truck"
before (making sure names are spelled right, records are correct,
hometowns are accurate and that the production crew knows what a "skip"
is). A worthwhile project!
National Singles. It now includes the national skill
level championships. That's right A,B,C & D level
competition will be offered in Houston this year! The U.S. OPEN will
no longer host a separate national skill level event, but it will
offer invitational [Level 5] competition. For the staff, our annual
Memorial Day assignment has just become a bit more interesting!
All year, it's the association's 30th anniversary. In April, the Pan
American Games Qualifier will be held in Winnipeg. All year, the
magazine will continue to develop and evolve. In July, the World
Championships will be played in Bolivia. All year, the USRA will try
to find new ways to make your racquetball better ... online,
on-screen, on Donner and Blitzen! Have a wonderful season, and
wonderful year I'll be the one trying to keep up with all of
it, and all of you! And enjoying every sleepless minute of it!
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