Excerpts from “A Table For Two” to be launched in August  (left) Dean Johnson and Marty Reisman prior to a fund-raising exhibition for the Knapp family at Kinnelon, New Jersey High School in 1975. (right) In the Spring of 1975, Dean arranged with Marty to play an exhibition to raise money for the Knapp family whose parents, brother, and grandmother died in a fire at their home on Christmas Day, 1974. Due to Marty’s generous contribution of his time, effort and talent the event was hugely successful for the Knapps and for which, by the way, Marty asked nothing in return.  deanjohnsonauthor.com

Excerpts from “A Table For Two” to be launched in August (left) Dean Johnson and Marty Reisman prior to a fund-raising exhibition for the Knapp family at Kinnelon, New Jersey High School in 1975. (right) In the Spring of 1975, Dean arranged with Marty to play an exhibition to raise money for the Knapp family whose parents, brother, and grandmother died in a fire at their home on Christmas Day, 1974. Due to Marty’s generous contribution of his time, effort and talent the event was hugely successful for the Knapps and for which, by the way, Marty asked nothing in return. deanjohnsonauthor.com

A Table For Two by Sally Prouty

A Table For Two by Sally Prouty

Life’s Dinner Menu is Served . . . At A Table For Two hors d’oeurves I was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 23, 1922. My first major challenge in life was to survive a life-threatening surgery to correct an abdominal condition at the age of 6 weeks. At age 4, I...

Divinely Inspired lives – Part IV

Divinely Inspired lives – Part IV

The first time I saw “Hunt” at Reisman’s after returning from the trip to Nassau, he said: “My caretaker, Tom Donohue, told me you visited Paradise Island. How did you like it?” “Rogers and I loved the tour that he and his wife gave us but even more we appreciated the...

Divinely Inspired lives – Part III

Divinely Inspired lives – Part III

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...

Divinely Inspired lives – Part II

Divinely Inspired lives – Part II

Transandean Associates was run by a man named Raul Gutierrez who had worked for Daniel Rogers Case in Colombia. He knew the business thoroughly – from the Colombian side to the American side. He handled bookkeeping and shipment of the transposition brackets and...

Divinely Inspired lives – Part I

Divinely Inspired lives – Part I

Rogers Case, whose company Dean joined in August 1961, was extremely wealthy – a multi-millionaire when having a million meant something. In 1954 Rogers inherited a company called Transandean Associates from his father, Daniel Rogers Case. Rogers came from a...

How the years fly by

How the years fly by

Scott and Austin Preiss April 2004 Exhibition at Galyans Sporting Goods in Norfolk, Virginia. Scott asked me to play with the oversized racket because he believed it would give him and Austin an advantage. On the right the 2017 event was Scott’s induction into the...

Friendships

Friendships

“Bobby, you have to get out of this crowd. You can do more with your life. You can say those big words.” It was best friend Carmine Cresenta giving Dean a heart-to-heart talk. Following high school Dean was part of a crowd that moved from Herm & Lou’s luncheonette on...