EARL PINGEL wrote:
Jack Carey [b. 1/23/27 d. 9/24/13] used to let me win a game of chess every now and again. He felt if I didn't win one once in while I would no longer wish to play. He had to coach-me-up pretty good for me to get that win too. Still, I was never really sure till much later that he was actually loosing on purpose. You have to be a real master to throw a game of chess without it being obvious. Back in the day, when they would have dance contests all over LA, he and Annie Hirsch would almost always win. Then too, he was afraid people would get discouraged and loose interest in the dance. "People like to feel like they have a chance to win." Like he was in chess, Jack was more interested in the dance than in winning. "What if we scramble the partners?" This way people will show up because they might get to compete against him, with Annie as a partner or against Annie, dancing with Jack as a partner. It would be the "luck of the draw." Now we all compete in the contest Jack invented so he could compete without winning all the time. Who does that? Jack Carey did. This is how the "Jack and Jill" came to be. If this was all Jack did for us and WCS it would be enough but we all know he did so much more. Annie, you are in my thoughts. Jack, rest in peace my friend but, if I know you, a growing group of angels are walking around heaven mumbling, "walk, walk, triple, triple." — 9/25/2013
Times have changed: The form of competition described above was regarded by many as The Best when it was presumed that gender rôles were fixed. But times have changed; a better form of dance competition has arrived:
PAT ’n’ CHRIS MYSTÈRE
The names of self-selected competitors are placed in a hat from which a dancer's name is drawn. When a tossed coin reveals Heads, the dancer assumes the traditional rôle for that person's gender. That person then draws the name of the next dancer who will dance as the first person's opposite. Dancers drawn First, Third, Fifth, etc., dance one rôle; dancers drawn Second, Fourth, Sixth, etc., dance the opposite rôle. Each dancer's rôle shall be distinguished with a colored band, for example, on the Leaders' Left wrist and on the Followers' Right wrist.
It's unlikely that a better form of dance competition will ever be created.
May PAT ’n’ CHRIS MYSTÈRE be the norm.
From: Jitterbug; Vol. 4, Issue 2, April 1995
THE TOP TEN SIGNS YOU DIDN'T DO AS WELL
AS YOU THOUGHT IN THE LAST JACK AND JILL
By George Callas, Phœnix
[NOTE: George Callas quit smoking due to death.]
10. The shoe lady discontinues the style of shoe you dance in.
9. The person who promised to compete with you is standing on a nearby freeway
playing chicken with the semis.
8. The very worst dancer in the world says you were the only contestant on the beat.
7. The maintenance crew has to repair the floor where you danced.
6. Your partner's spouse gives you a hug and kisses you on both cheeks.
5. Forty minutes have passed and your partner still hasn't come out of the bathroom.
4. You wonder if the noise coming from the judges' area is snoring.
3. After your dance, people point and laugh at whoever is standing behind you;
BUT, when you turn around, there's no one there.
2. You would have preferred dancing to Baby Work Out then learned that you had.
And the number one reason:
1. Pieces of your partner's dress are still in your hand.
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