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|Dec-24-09|| ||Petrosianic: <My object was not to defend the legality of what Fischer did; it was rather to point out how the authorities ignore scads of bigger, more harmful bad guys but chose to hound a smaller less harmful one.>|
Oh, you're right there. It's certainly hit and miss stuff. For proof of that, look at Fischer himself again. He not only didn't pay his taxes for 20 years, but in 1977 he TOLD a judge *to his face* that he wasn't going to pay any more until he got satisfaction against Darrach. Nobody noticed. Either the judge didn't pass the comment on to the IRS, or he did but they didn't notice. But when they <DO> notice, they're brutal. It's a crummy system, but ignoring everybody isn't a good alternative.
<I'll concede in advance all the harmful things he said and did throughout his life; I was very offended by his 9/11 remarks.>
Those remarks didn't get him in trouble <directly>. They weren't illegal, but they may have got him in trouble indirectly. After 1992, they seemed to forget about him again. He even got his passport renewed at a US embassy in the mid 90's without anyone knowing or caring that he was a wanted criminal. But possibly the 911 remarks got him onto some kind of list of people to watch more closely as possible security risks.
Fischer certainly had both the inclination and the money to fund terrorism if he had chosen to do so. And he had already tried to have a man killed by giving out his name and address over the radio and asking a sympathetic listener to go do the guy in. Even if we say that Fischer himself was all talk and no action (which I believe), we can't guarantee the same of those he might incite to violence. Sort of like the crazy lady who threatened Michelle Obama. It's probably all talk, but they can't take that chance, and we don't want them to. We just ignored clear warning signs with Major Hasan and look where it got us. Imagine how much angrier people would be if Hasan had been a wanted criminal that the government simply hadn't bothered trying to arrest.
I'm sorry it as far as it did, but Fischer created all his own problems. That he probably wasn't in his right mind and may not have been responsible is a terrible tragedy, but blaming others for it doesn't help things. But I do agree, that Fischer should not have been expelled from the USCF for his 911 comments. As a private organization they had the right to do it, but they shouldn't have. Actual convicted murderers are allowed to join the USCF, so why not Fischer?
Now Whitaker, who this page is supposed to be about, was just a crook, pure and simple. And, as a mere IM, not a strong enough player for people to make excuses for.
|Dec-27-09|| ||jerseybob: Yes, back on Whitaker: Not to paint with too broad a brush, but, what is it about getting a legal education that seemingly emboldens some people to think they can break the law, rather than UPHOLD it, as officers of the court should do?|
|Dec-27-09|| ||Ron: < jerseybob: Yes, back on Whitaker: Not to paint with too broad a brush, but, what is it about getting a legal education that seemingly emboldens some people to think they can break the law, rather than UPHOLD it, as officers of the court should do? >|
Those with legal education are human beings like anyone else. To be sure, there are examples of them breaking the law, but do you have any stats showing that the percentage of them breaking the law is higher than the general population?
On a related note, the number of aldermen in my hometown of Chicago being convicted must set some sort of record.
|Dec-27-09|| ||HeMateMe: burn, baby, Byrne.|
|Dec-28-09|| ||jerseybob: Ron: You come from Chicago (and this last 11 months I feel like I do too), so you don't need me to tell you about corruption, although as a New Jerseyan I could if I had to.|
|Dec-28-09|| ||HeMateMe: Jersey has corrupt Rabbis! I saw it on the evening news.|
|Dec-28-09|| ||jerseybob: Yep, we got 'em (and corrupt ministers and priests too, to be totally fair).|
|Dec-28-09|| ||HeMateMe: ...there it was on the evening news, the orthodox from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, being led away in handcuffs. Thats why I like this country--equal opportunity arresting.|
|Apr-09-10|| ||wordfunph: Norman Whitaker once beat Lasker in a simul and almost beat Capablanca.|
|Apr-09-10|| ||miguelito: his perfomance rating in the first US rated tournament ( american chess congress 1921 ) was 2398 + 227 = 2625 . i have a question , why the first US tournament was rated at 2398 .|
|Jul-31-10|| ||GrahamClayton: This newsletter has an interesting article on the "Whitaker Trap" in the Ruy Lopez Exchange variation:|
|Dec-12-10|| ||wordfunph: lifted from Chess Life & Review August 1975 by James E. Gates:|
On IM Norman Whitaker: One of the stories about him concerned a U.S. Correspondence Championship before World War II. A friend of his, who was competing in the tournament suddenly died. His widow needed money, and this gave Norman the idea of finishing his friend's games without letting anyone know. Whitaker wound up winning the tournament --- the first, won by a dead man!
|Dec-12-10|| ||perfidious: <wordfunph> An interesting pendant to the late Alex Kevitz conducting correspondence games under the pseudonym Palmer Phar so as not to give away anything.|
|Apr-05-11|| ||Caissanist: <HeMateMe: That book is expensive. $45,hard to believe, just an obscure hustler. No used copies around.>|
Wow, less than two years later, it's selling for $115 used. Forget stocks, I'm going to invest in obscure chess books.
|Apr-05-11|| ||HeMateMe: Ya never know what to save, till its too late.......|
|Jul-21-11|| ||Phony Benoni: Another extraordinary incident from the life of Norman Tweed Whitaker, from a report on the Western Championship in the November 1921 "American Chess Bulletin". The narrator is tournament referee Hermann Helms:|
<"The time limit, which was that in vogue at most of the leading clubs, namely 20 moves an hour straight, was found, every now and then, to be a bit too fast for some of the competitors and, on a number of occasions, the referee was busy watching the final seconds of the hour being ticked off by the clock. There was a number of very narrow escapes and notably that of Hahlbohm in his game with Whitaker in the second round. This was one of the most interesting incidents of the tournament. Very much like a runner making for the plate in a baseball game, Hahlbohm was declared "safe" at the end of the first hour. Whitaker, under the impression that the hour had been exceeded, demurred, but his claim was diallowed.
"Undismayed by the adverse decision, however, he induced his opponent the following day to consent to a replay of the game from the 21st move--somewhat unusual, to say the least, but agreed to by the officials only after the unanimous consent of all the players had been obtained in the interests of harmony. The ending was played a second time at the first opportunity with the result that Hahlbohm, extricating himself cleverly from what appeared to be dangerous complications, won even more quickly.
After this, Whitaker had no reason to dispute that he had been doubly and fairly beaten, and this he acknowledged manfully. In view of the fact that he thus scored losses in the first two rounds, his feat of finishing in fourth place must be regarded as one of the best performances of the congress.">
|Jul-26-14|| ||Joshka: Norman spent time with Fischer during the famous Log Cabin tour thru the South and eventually thru to Cuba. Brady talks about Norman being the only one from the club to hold an even score with Bobby! Does Hilbert give any account from Norman during his time playing Bobby and spending time with him traveling? thanks in advance!!|
|Sep-08-14|| ||ljfyffe: F.P. Pinsonneault(Trois Rivieres)-Norman Whitaker(Philadelphia) 1910 correspondence 1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nf6 3Nxe5 d6 4Nf3 Nxe4 5d4 d5 6Bd3 Be7 70-0 Nc6 8Re1 Bg4 9c3 f5 10Bf4 0-0 11Be2 Bd6 12Bxd6 Qxd6 13Nbd2 Rf6 14Nh4 Raf8 15Nxe4 dxe4 16f3 exf3 17Nxf3 Rh6 18g3 f4 19Ne5 Nxe5 20dxe5 Qb6+ 21Qd4 Qxb2 22Rab1 Qc2 23Rbc1 Qg6 24Bxg4 Qxg4 25Qd5+ Kh8 26Rf1 Qe2 27Rf2 Qe3 28Qd2 Qxe5 29Rxf4 Rhf6 30Re1 Qc5+ 31Kg2 g5 32Rxf6 Rxf6 33Qd8+ Rf8 34Qd4+ Qxd4 35cxd4 Kg7 36g4 Rf4 37Re7+ Rf7 38Re4 Kf6 39Kf3 Rd7 40Ke3 c6 0-1. Canadian Chess Correspondence Bureau.|
|Nov-05-14|| ||ljfyffe: <"In January 1974 Whitaker traveled to Augusta,
Georgia, and managed to find a way to attend the opening banquet of thr Korchnoi - Mecking Quarter Final Candidates match for the right to play then-world championship Bobby Fischer.
Whitaker had known Fischer in the 1950's, even traveling with Fischer to Cuba, where at Havana and other stops Whitaker played board one to Fischer's board two for the Log Cabin chess club team. Bill Parrish, a friend who attended the Korchnoi-Mecking match with Whitaker, was surprised that Whitaker had finagled front row seats for the contest."> JohnHilbert, Writings In Chess History, 2012.|
|Jan-13-15|| ||offramp: Try to track down an episode of Dragnet called The Big Grifter. |
I am certain that the lead character, the con man Wallace, is based on Whitaker.
|Apr-05-15|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: <offramp>, Dragnet was originally a radio show. I might have found the episode as part of a quartet at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89E...|
|Apr-05-15|| ||MissScarlett: Granted mug shots aren't meant to be flattering, and accuse me of confirmation bias, but one look at this shifty and dissolute visage and I'd immediately be on my guard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:...|
|Apr-06-15|| ||offramp: <An Englishman: Good Evening: <offramp>, Dragnet was originally a radio show. I might have found the episode as part of a quartet at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89E...|
I've heard the episode a few times and grown in my certainty that the villain in that episode is Whitaker. But, as a chess player I've probably lost my objectivity!
|Apr-17-15|| ||MissScarlett: <He was scheduled to play a match for the U.S. Chess Championship with Frank James Marshall, but failed to appear.>|
When and why?
|May-25-15|| ||wrap99: I recall from the tremendous bio Shady Side that NTW once played a game vs a young Jon Frankel in which he was busted but refused to move and just left the board for the clock to run down. Am I remembering rightly (I gave away a first edition of Shady Side) and can we get the game here?|
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