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A Bit of History

by Fran R.
 
When I arrived in Sun City, 1984, the racquetball courts were considerably different than
they are today. The floors were concrete and the courts were three walls with a screen in
the rear to keep stray balls from bouncing into the hall or onto the tennis courts. the courts
were not air conditioned, but Sun Citians played through the summer anyway.
 
Charley Osborn and I had never seen a racquetball court before, but decided that the game
could be a lot of fun. We bought some eye protection, a racquet, and some racquetballs. We
vowed to meet when no one else was around, but eventually we were caught and some of the
players invited us to join them. I remember those fine gentlemen players such as Doc G.,
Lou B., John C., Don L., and later on a couple of gentlemen from merry old England, Dennis C.
and Bill B. As bad as Charlie and I were, they still let us join them.
 
I don't really know who should get the credit for asking the recreational board to upgrade
the courts, but I would guess that Don L. helped it along. What a change when the back walls
were installed, the floors were covered with wood, and the courts were enclosed so they
could be air conditioned.
 
The game also changed. The back wall made all the difference in the world. The older players
took it all in stride and continued to play through the years until one by one they had to quit
due to knee or shoulder problems, or moving away.
 
Today we have these great courts and many new players enjoying the game, all the while
becoming more physically and mentally fit for a long life in Sun City.
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