Central Roller Club
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The world Cup Fly came to the eastern states in June 1991,when Don Lehman of Oregon the finals judge came to the eastern USA to judge our four finalist. At that time the World Cup Fly as we know it today was the international Fly. Doc Riemann of Idaho, was our continental coordinator that year. So, for the record,1998 will complete the 8th consecutive year our eastern states and Ontario Canada have participated in the World Cup Fly.
But let us go back a little farther. When Don Lehman judged our four finalist in June 1991,none of our eastern states or Ontario held regional fly's to select our finalist as required, since we did not have sufficient time to organize our huge region, and we did not have the required entry funds to pay our fair share for Don's plane fare back east. The time factor for us to enter the World Cup Fly in 1991 was overwhelming, but we desperately wanted to get started, and I volunteered to be the first Regional Director for the area. On January 7th 1991,Continental Coordinator Riemann sent me a letter directing us to organize our vast regions, and select our finalist by May 15th or "There is always next year" he said. We deemed that time frame impossible for 1991. What to Do? What to Do? We had no legal finalists, no organized regions, and no entry fee money. W. Carl Hardesty, Tony Dasaro, Tom Reid, and I had a meeting with a few other local flyers in attendance.
The previous year, 1990, we conducted our very first big regional fly in honor of present day NBRC Hall of Famer, Paul a. Vaughn, and named it the Paul A. Vaughn Invitational Fly. The region included a 500 mile circle with the center being Louisville, Kentucky. The eastern border was the coast, western border was Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and the Mississippi River. The northern border was Canada, but judge Tony Dasaro included Toronto, Canada, and judged their kits since the flyers requested that he come and do so. Our southern border was the northern Florida state line. The Paul Vaughn Fly kept Tony busy for 1 1/2 months with 59 entries. The fly rules were 11 bird kits. with individual birds scoring. The" Top Four Winners" of the Paul Vaughn Fly were Nick Loshuk, Ohio; W. Carl Hardesty, Kentucky; Wally Fort, Ohio; and Larry Hubbard, Kentucky. Bingo! During our meeting (mentioned above), we quickly agreed that these same four winners would represent our region in the World Cup Fly in 1991.So, the above four competitors are the first flyers to fly in the finals during the World Cup Fly in the eastern United States.
We had decided upon our first four finalists for our very first World Cup Fly competitions, but had no money to get the finals judge Lehman back east. We didn't quit though. We asked the fifty nine Paul Vaughn Fly competitors to donate what they could raise, and raised $100.00 of the $400.00 needed. At the time, all of the NBRC conventions from 1979 to 1993 were held in Louisville-Owensboro, Kentucky, and southern Indiana. NBRC president Jim Schneider, appointed Tom Reid and I as convention treasurers in 1990. We accounted for all NBRC convention funds, separate from the NBRC Treasury in a Louisville, Kentucky bank. We requested that the NBRC officers donate sufficient funds to help purchase the plane ticket for judge Lehman, out of our convention funds. The NBRC officers were reluctant to donate funds to the World Cup Fly, but finally decided to approve the expenditure, since it was for a good purpose, and supported the roller hobby.
I called Doc Riemann and offered him $350.00 for our share and he accepted. Jim Schneider, W.Carl Hardesty, and the NBRC deserves much credit for bringing our first World Cup Fly judge to the eastern states and Canada. After 1991 we got organized and needed no further financial help other than our share of entry Fee's. As the first Regional Director, I drew up region boundaries for all the Eastern USA, and Ontario Canada. In 1992 our north central region consisted of 13 states and Ontario, Canada, and our first official regional judge was Dave Goss from California. Our second World Cup Fly final judge was Max Runyon of Oregon. We have participated every year since 1991 with increasing entries each year. Our eastern states have two World Cup Fly Winners, Joe Roe and John Bender, both of Ohio.
In addition to those mentioned above there are others most worthy of recognition that influenced our eastern states to enter the world Cup Fly, in it's beginning. Dick Rickner of Oregon was the most influential in my opinion, to give the world, the World Cup Fly, by insisting that a World Cup Committee be formed, that included prominent flyers from all parts of the USA, Canada, and England. This committee was a decentralized group with power to make decisions that represented all regions of the world. Prior to that , all decisions mainly came from our Northwest Region, who had initiated and conducted all the Northwest International Fly's and International Fly. As far as I know, the roller Jockey's of Oregon and Washington state are the official creators of the World Cup Fly, as we know it today. I have been told that this northwest group of creative roller men had initiated and conducted large regional, and western international fly's maybe 7 to 10 years prior to our eastern states getting involved, or joining them. This same group has always been very futuristic and leaders in our great roller hobby. Rick Schoening of Montana, influenced me as early as 1985 , by writing articles in our roller journals, suggesting regional fly's through out the USA, and uniform fly rules. I sure liked the idea and was willing to help bring his idea's to reality in the eastern states. Many other flyers also liked the idea and we voted on flying larger kits under uniform fly rules, at the NBRC convention in 1991. The result of that vote was the signal that our eastern flyers would join the World Cup Fly competitions, and make it a success. They have kept their word ever since.
Yes, the eastern states and Ontario Canada have flown kits in eight consecutive World Cup Fly's after this year. But...we are not totally committed to 20 bird kit flying, with "turn" scoring. We have entered about 1/2 of the total World Cup Fly entries with increasing numbers each year. However there are many local roller clubs that still fly 11 bird kits, individual bird scoring, and most of our organized state competitions are still 11 bird kits. And still today, at least 1/3 more flyers enter their states fly's, rather than the World Cup Fly, or the NBRC fly. Ohio normally has 6-8 World Cup NBRC fly entries, and 20 -25 state fly entries. Indiana normally has 10- 12 World Cup- NBRC fly entries, and 18 -24 World Cup state entries. Iowa normally has 12- 15 World Cup-NBRC entries, and 20-25 state entries. Ditto for the southeastern USA. Compromise should be seriously considered in the future to prevent us from splitting our loyalties again commencing about the Mississippi River.
A grateful thanks to all organizers, judges, and flyers that have helped make our World Cup Fly a huge success since 1991, and before. Hopefully we can continue, and refine this important and largest of all roller competitions, for many years to come.
The World Cup, A realization of a dream .having always lived in geographical areas that prohibited frequent camaraderie between fellow roller enthusiasts, my experience in competitive roller flying was non-existent. I always envisioned a mechanism that would allow fanciers from all over a chance to compete in a real kit fly. I even wrote an article many years ago about the creation of a " Mega Fly". Not having the contacts or organizational skills required, the realization of an honest- to- god Mega- Fly was not thought of as something that would ever happen.
When I made a trip to England in 1987 the gap between English fanciers and us Yankees was extremely narrowed. Names became faces through the medium of video tape. Byron Gable and Al Luna along with myself, introduced you American Fanciers to your counter-parts in England. No longer were the legends just a name, but someone you could talk to about these rollers.
I truly believe that those videos started the whole thing.
The pilgrimages began to both countries. People of influence and determination were finally in a position to put their heads together in the same room and create something wonderful. The Pacific Northwest International kit fly was the largest organized competition involving two countries. Also with the largest geographical area to cover. I have no doubt that more kits were flown in some of the early California club flys, but they didn't have to cover such a large geographical area. The folks in the Northwest knew how to pull off a big contest. So of course it was logical for these seasoned troops to team up with the boys in England. ling.
The Northwest Roller Jockeys along with Idaho's doc Riemann had some discussions with Graham Dexter, George Kitson and others from England. If I leave anyone's name out, for Pete's sake, I'm sorry don't have a cow. They decided to try the big Grand - Daddy, a competition between three countries. Hey let's call it the World cup. I believe it was 1991. I have a pin for 1992, but I think 1991 was the first one.
Doc Riemann gets the credit for coming out with the 3-2-1 scoring system. Being a physics professor, his mathematical conclusions as to why this was a great scoring system was hard to argue with. Especially by people with M.R.D. (math retention deficit!), like myself. It was designed to let everyone get some kind of score and still allow the best kits to win. getting people to participate was crucial in order to have the monies to pull off such a large event. Plus everyone got a chance to see what it's like to have your team judged. I guess the only part of the scoring system to still be debated is the reluctance of judges to award high quality points. I have been guilty of this myself. The trend is changing, finally. Truly phenomenal kits are achieving 1.8s when only a few years ago, a1.3 was the maximum given. The world Cup, despite a handful of critics, has done more for the improvement of rollers in this country than anything else. Roller pigeons and egos tend to go hand in hand. No one wants to be embarrassed by their rollers. The more prestigious the judge is that comes around, the bigger the fear of embarrassment. Hence culls get the axe, like they should. I truly can't think of any negative aspects of this event. well maybe one, I haven't come close yet! "I'll get them next time", should be tattooed across my forehead! the future of the World Cup is very promising. South Africa wants to join and maybe Australia some day. Hawaii is close too. What a truly monumental accomplishment the World Cup is.
Long live the Cup!
[The World Cup Roller Fly In The East]
By Joe Marlett