Paradise Tennis was a game invented by a man named Huntington Hartford. Rogers and I knew “Hunt” as one of the regulars at Marty Reisman’s table tennis club.
One afternoon at the club, overhearing that Rogers and I were going to the Bahamas, Hunt told us about Paradise Tennis and suggested that we visit Paradise Island and give his game a try.
Hunt gave me the name and telephone number of the caretaker of the island to contact; his name was Tom Donohue.
When Rogers and I vacationed in Nassau on the way to Colombia in 1963, I called Tom. He came to the mainland in a small outboard to pick us up and we spent the day with him and his wife touring the island which was, but for a few cottages, deserted.
We learned from Tom that Huntington Hartford was heir to the A&P supermarket fortune and that he owned the Island! Hunt has since sold Paradise Island and it has become a major tourist destination in the Bahamas.

Rogers & Dean playing a game of Paradise Tennis, 1963. Photo by Tom Donohue. Beautiful Paradise Island, 2019.

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