Our Newest Life Master: Conrad Larkin

Conrad Larkin made life master this November while playing with his wife, Lynn Blumenthal. He grew up in Vermont. While in elementary school he started playing a card game called “whist” on Friday nights with his family as part of a fund raising endeavor. He graduated to poker tournaments which now have gone by the wayside, being replaced by bridge tournaments. Conrad started playing bridge in March 2010 after Lynn bought him lessons at the Bridge Gallery with Kathy Venton. He suspects that his passion for bridge was Lynn’s plan so she could start going to tournaments without feeling guilty leaving him at home. Conrad earned his first red point (though he had no idea what that meant) days after he finished the Beginner bridge course. He was dragged up to the Reno Nationals where Lynn found him a partner, and he earned his first point in the 49er game. Apparently not realizing Conrad would become addicted to the game, Lynn forgot to enroll Conrad as an ACBL member before the 300 MP rule changed to 500. This is why it took him so long to make life master. It took a few years, but his excuse is that he has had a full therapy practice in between tournaments.

by Cecelia Zachar

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