Fencers K - O

The people behind the mask

Land of the Lost Trophy

I’ve been perusing the pages of “The California Fencer”, later just “The Fencer”, a West Coast publication that circulated for a few years following WW2 and prior to the start of the national American Fencer magazine.

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Melbourne, 1956

The 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia comes up frequently around here.  It was, after all, the tournament from which many Hungarian athletes made the difficult decision to not return to their country.  The challenging notion of having to make such a fateful... read more

TFC MF, June 1984

I confess that it has been hard to sit down and find the wherewithal to come up with a story in the past weeks. Since the death of my first coach, Len Carnighan, it’s been frankly a challenge.

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Tough bouts with George Nonomura

At last year’s Nationals in San Jose, I was able to sit down with George Nonomura and chat about his fencing career. Now, George is, and has always been, one of the nicest, friendliest people around.  So when I posed the question about who might have been his nemesis... read more