Thank you to those who submitted questions. I'm sure my interview won't be as interesting as haggisv or reb, but here it goes anyway...How close do you think you are to your ideal bat?
Pretty close. I just need to figure out how to effectively harden the backhand of the Neubauer Barricade and I might be there -- provided it doesn't wreck the forehand.How much do you think the TT industry will suffer when you stop buying new equipment?
I believe my lack of recent TT purchases is a major factor in the worldwide recession.Which manufacturers do you think are the (1) best and (2) worst, when it comes to innovation, fair pricing and business practices?
Innovation: Best is currently Giant Dragon, Der Materialspezialist and Spinlord/Worst is liar Tibhar
Fair Pricing: Best is Giant Dragon/Worst is rip-off Butterfly
Business Practices: Best is Dr. Neubauer/Worst is liar TibharWhat other sports did you enjoy?
Boxing and golf as a participant. I'm a big fan of the NFL Oakland Raiders.What inverted backhand rubbers did you like?
The only inverted rubber I can really use (forehand or backhand) is Butterfly Tackiness D and only with 1.5mm sponge.Have you ever entered your Nationals or other major events?
I've played in a handful of USATT tournaments, but since I work weekends it's difficult.Have you played against any high level players?
I've hit with a number of them. Once I got an Olympian to drop a lot of LP blocks into the net. That was fun. We know some of your heros, but can you name some again please?
In TT it would be Dr. Neubauer, Steve Hall, LP blocker types.Whats your dream car? lol
Porsche 911Which members would you most like to play against? (or even meet?)
Too many to name.Have you played in any other country?
I've played in the USA and Germany.How did you get into this sport? and how old were you?
My parents got us a table when I was about 10 and I played for a few years. Then I played in college (where I was an aggressive forehand player). Then I didn't get back into it till I was 48. I turn 55 in two weeks.Who is Bob? (I know you've told it before, but many probably missed the funny story!)
See this link: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16655&p=181081&hilit=Who%27s+got+the+coolest+username%3F#p181081When not researching TT related things, what do you get up to in your spare time?
Besides table tennis, I'm passionate about technology, travel, jazz (I play the vibes), and go (the oriental strategy game).How many TT rackets do you actually own?
I've gotten rid of a lot of them now. Used to have a bunch.Do you play in a league?
I wish. In this country we don't have leagues in most places. This is the primary reason the USA is such a failure in table tennis.Assuming you are retired now, what was your career?
Not retiring anytime soon unfortunately. I work in the tech industry and am connected to the Internet practically 24/7. That's why I'm on here all the time.Do you mentor or coach anyone in TT?
My style is so unorthodox I'd probably do more harm than good.Who is your favorite international player?
Male: Liu Song, Female: Amelie SoljaHow do you define your style?
I'm a tactical player with LP on the backhand and inverted on the forehand. I have all the normal LP shots in my repertoire. I used to be heavily backhand-oriented, but now my forehand is a big part of my game.
I adapt to the opponent. If they're aggressive, I'm happy to push/block. If they play it safe, I'll mix in more sudden attacks.Although I know you read on my other forums and website, you seem to have made this forum your 'home'. Why?
Every forum has a personality. This one is unique in that it's a friendly place and as an LP player I have a lot in common with some of the great members here. What motivates you most about playing TT and improving your game?
I enjoy it for both the exercise and competitive aspects. I also enjoy that my level is continually improving.From what you've learned over the last few years, have you seen much improvement in your game? What are your goals?
Absolutely there has been improvement, slow going at times due to injuries, ITTF bans and a lack of practice partners in my area, but things are moving pretty fast now.
As for goals, since virtually all USATT tournaments are on weekends (when I'm not available) I mainly play at my local club. Next year I'll probably concentrate mainly on state seniors events. National seniors titles are pretty much out of reach since Seemiller is about my age. Maybe I can win a national paralympic event.Where do you think is the future of our forum, and where would you like to see it go?
The forum is pretty mature content-wise and well established in its niche. As long as there are pips and anti players, this forum will remain the go-to spot on the internet. What are the five most positive contributions the ITTF have made to table tennis in the last five years?
2. Run the pro tour
3. Organize for the Olympics
4. Maintain worldwide rankings
5. Conduct coaching seminarsAnd why are they good for the sport?
See above.If you were president of the ITTF, what measures would you like to see put in place?
Number one on the agenda would be to split the ITTF Pro Tour away from having any bearing on amateur table tennis. All these recent changes to the game are purely designed to make pro table tennis more appealing to spectators, but these changes are not in the best interests of recreational players. I would encourage the national associations to adopt the inclusive China model, where outside of ITTF-sanctioned competition you "run what you brung" in Hookshot's colorful way of describing it. What are some of your ideas for growing this great sport of ours?
Get more people playing. No one will be a fan of table tennis that doesn't play it and understand it. Things like the Bud Light Hardbat Challenge got thousands of people playing competitive table tennis who don't normally play competitively. The ITTF needs more of this, rather than threaten to sue fellow table tennis organizers.
I would also create educational programs to teach organizers in various countries to effectively market the sport. In addition, I would work with governments to implement table tennis programs selling the aspect that table tennis is an activity for life that keeps people healthier, thus reducing spiraling healthcare costs.Name 3 people who would you like to see as president of the ITTF, and why?
2. Dr. Neubauer who is already involved in the politics of table tennis and is a professional diplomat, unlike the unqualified thugs we have in there now.
3. I'd look at candidates from China since they're clearly the best at organizing this sport.