Greeting to all.
Bill Conner here.
Started with Squad Leader in 78 as a birthday present. Being a former Squad Leader, this was the game for me. In fact, Scenario 9 had my unit, the 509th PIB. Dove into COI right after. In 79, met up with hometown Bro and COI Most Valuable Player, Bob McNamara. Bob was running a Squad Leader Tournament and my gunning partner, Jim Kalmer(German Hero from Paratrooper), and I finished in the top 2. We became playtesters for Bob with COD, The Battalion Command Game and then GI. Bob was working on the Desert Module and had a contract but got the call from Don Greenwood offering employment at AH to work on ASL. They worked things out and we moved Bob and Barb down to Baltimore. The rest is history.
In 85(could've been 84 or ?) I went to the Squad Leader Open held in North Carolina and run by Don Munsell. Also met Ray Woloszyn and Rob Weissbard there. Besides the fact that I won, the Squad Leader Open was the first tourney which was Round-Robin and not single elimination. With many SL+ players only playing SL+, the single elim tourneys were not very fair in that half of the participants were finished and might as well go home after round 1. Sadly, Don was killed in a car accident shortly thereafter and (long story short) On All Fronts took over the SL Open. In December of 85 the ASLRB was published.
Darryl "Action Burk" Burk my SL+ (then ASL) playing partner suggested that I should run a tourney. At first we thought that it would be a combo tourney not just ASL but also SL-GI. We decided to go ASL only and ASLOK was born. We ran it for 10 years and played last in 95.
Since 95 our only ASL activity has been our yearly visit to ASLOK.
Red Barricades CGIII was always our favorite.
In December 94, I (along with Randy Rossi, Ray Woloszyn, Kurt Martin, Brian Martuzas) went to my favorite tourney of all time, Recontres which was held in Le Gleize across from the King Tiger and a BotB Musee. Lots of WW2 50th Anniversary doodoo was happening and I hit about 2 dozen museums while traveling. Great stuff!
Since 95, my aged parents required more and more my of assistance putting a crimp on my gunning time. Mom passed on November 19th in 2002 and Dad passed the same day 2 years later. Strangely my Dad's Brother, whose namesake I carry, was MIA on Nov 19,1944 during the Battle of the Hurtegen Forest. He was a BAR man in the 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division.
Dad and 6 of his Brothers(and 5 of his Sisters' husbands) all served in WW2. All served Overseas save the oldest Brother-in-law who had grandchildren at the time. I think our family was responsible for shortening WW2 by at least a week. :clown:
Dad rode into Normandy and Holland on Waco as part of the 82nd, did Bulge and Ludwiglust and ended up in Berlin until 46. He rejoined the Army and 82nd less than a year later, became a Paratrooper, and in 49 was sent to Germany where he served in the 1st ID and met my Mom(the Nazi). They married, moved back to the States, had me, moved back to Germany, had my Bro, moved back to Ft. Campbell, then to back to my Dad's hometown of Youngstown where Dad retired as a ROTC Instructor in 64.
Currently, I'm part of the 82nd Airborne Association Color/Honor Guard. We honor fallen Paratroopers with Funeral and Calling Hours Ceremonies.
Don't forget to take care Sgt. Conner 8-1 USA, Connerski 1-4-9 Polish, Lt Posson 9-1(it's supposed to be Poisson=Fish), Cpt Sakana 10-1 Japanese, and Col Yu 6+1 Chinese. The last 3 = Fish. Take care of Darryl's guys too; Sgt Burk 8-1 USA and Cpt Doa10-0(Action).