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Subject: Re: The Fidelity vs. ICD/Your Move Lawsuit... The Epic

Author: Al Lawrence

Date: 17:47:27 10/20/00

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My name is Al Lawrence. I'm the co-author of "Hoisting the Hippopotamus" on This month we offer an obituary/remembrance of Sid Samole. In
1984, I was Associate Director of the US Chess Federation and in charge of its
sales program. I was subpoenaed to give testimony in the Fidelity vs. ICD
lawsuit Steve discusses on this forum.

Obviously, there was indeed a lawsuit. However, at least one of the statements
made by Steve in his original posting seems incorrect to me. And a few others
seem unlikely. But this is ancient history and hardly worth the key strokes.
Steve is certainly entitled to his memories and opinions. At any rate, Sid and
Steve did not get along in business, at least not all the time.

I know Sid honestly felt that what he saw as a misrepresentation of the strength
of the Excelence cost Fidelity a lot of sales. I am certainly a personal
partisan at this point because I no longer work for USCF and miss my old friend
Sid very much.

I invite you to see a different perspective of Sid by visiting our column at

Cordially, Al Lawrence

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