Walter Trice: Walter was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (12/17/48) where his Dad had worked on the Bomb. He had the usual Tennessee childhood, which I believe includes shooting b'ars, attending high school with Elvis, and dating Dolly Parton. He attended Wesleyan University from 1966-1970 majoring in mathematics ("How many papers does it take to roll one of these suckers?").
Finding no available openings at The Village Voice for mathematicians, Walter went to work for an insurance company (1970-1988). He spent a few of those years (82-85) with a software company in Indianapolis. It was there he learned backgammon, and might have stayed, a happy Hoosier, but it was discovered that he knew how to spell potato, and the natives ran him out of town.
Since 1988 he has lived quietly in the Massachusetts woods, meditating, and writing backgammon articles and software.
He is a top rated palyer, on FIBS, in KG's list, and in Yamin's Giant 32. He is winner of many tournaments including: Indianapolis 4/91, Indianapolis Labor Day 1993, and the NEBC Championship 6/91 (defeating Bill Robertie in a best out of seven series of 9 point matches).
Walter credits Herb Gurland, Wilcox Snellings, and Paul Weaver with teaching him the most about the game.
Jake Jacobs: My Life story is more prosaic. I was born 6/25/53 in Chicago. My Daddy did his part in making things go boom by producing 3 sons during the 1950's. I dropped out of Roosevelt University in 1969, but have since attended UICC, the Honeywell Institute, Oakton Community College, and Ewha Korean Women's University in Seoul, and acquired an AA in philosophy along the way.
I have tried my hand at various things including: law clerk, computer operator/programmer, pizza delivery, cab driver/dispatcher, blackjack player, telephone sales, video store manager, actor, magazine editor, film production, pit boss/casino manager, screenwriter, club manager. I seem to be running out of new occupations, but some of the ones left on the listcosmetic surgeon, CEO of a Fortune 500 companypay well.
In April 1987 I traveled to Seoul, Korea, where I was first introduced to Oriental verbs, and Oriental women. I have been trying to conjugate them ever since.
I started playing backgammon at 3 A.M. one Saturday morning in June of 1979. I was in a bar, I was bored, and someone was looking for a game. I won 4 Heinekens, and decided to study the game before I lost them back.
Generous fellow that I am, I prefer to let other people win tournaments, but I have managed to win the very first Nevada State Championship (1/84), the Pattaya Open International Championship (2/96), the Midwest Championships (3/96), and the U.S. Open (8/96).
The people I owe the most to as a player are John Elliott, my brother Munchkin, Tim Wisecarver, Craig Chellstorp, and Michael Maxakuli. [See the Jake Jacobs's personal web page.]