The Naples Bridge Center is pleased to welcome its newest
bridge teacher; Pat Harrington. Since her birth in Albany, New
York, Pat has lived in the chilly Northeast. In 1998, she and
her husband Paul decided to enjoy the warmth and sunshine of
full time residency in Fort Myers.
Pat has been involved in the ACBL's teaching program since
its inception in 1986, wearing several hats concurrently. She
has been a teacher, a teacher-trainer in the TAP program, and
author of the Play 'n' Learn series in the ACBL Bulletin.
Her most recent project for the ACBL was the Club Play course
which provides practice sessions following the Club Series course
for beginners. Pat also serves as the Business Secretary and
Treasurer for the American Bridge Teachers' Association. Before
going into Bridge as a profession, Pat taught math at the secondary
and community college levels. She finds bridge teaching a lot
While teaching up North, Pat developed several courses for
her students and now hopes to share them with her Naples students.
She and Paul began a weekly lesson game in Albany which grew
from a game for 0-5 point players into a training ground for
future Life Masters. The hardest part of leaving Alabny was turning
that game (which had grown to over twenty tables) over to a friend.
Pat keeps in touch with many of her old students via e-mail and
bridge on the Internet.
Pat's mother taught her the rules and play bridge in the early
seventies. After reading Sheinwold's Five Weeks to Winning
Bridge and making friends with a duplicate player, Pat promptly
turned around and taught her mother the real rules. Another thing
which makes living in florida so exciting is that the friend
who introduced Pat to duplicate (and changed her life) now lives
in nearby Nokomis.
In addition to bridge, Western Square Dancing is a favorite
hobby of the Harringtons, and they have met many wonderful people
through both activities. They look forward to expanding their
circle of friends at the Naples Bridge center.
A Bronze Life Master, John is a familiar figure in our club.
Born in Cincinnati, he was an Editor and Correspondent for Time
Magazine for over 20 years. In addition to being the first and
only Bullfight Columnist for Sports Illustrated, John has written
for Life Magazine, Fortune and the Reader's Digest.
John has lived in eight countries and speaks four languages.
John moved to Naples in 1993 from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico,
where he had a small bridge club. He has also served in executive
goverment posts and was the communications coordinator for the
team that developed the Canada-US Free Trade Area, a precursor
John began playing bridge at Denison University in Ohio. He
syas that he should have majored in it, as he spent more time
at the bridge table than in study hall. "Finally,"
he says, "I'm getting some sue out of my college education."
John has five children scattered between Quebec and the American
West, with two grand-daughters, located in Virginia and Santa