Boyd Bennett was my first table tennis coach here in Anchorage, Alaska. Boyd is the first inductee to the Alaska Table Tennis Hall of Fame. He turned 86 in Sept. 2014. Boyd was awarded Alaska's first Gold Ulu in the 1970 Arctic Winter Games. The FIRST Arctic Winter Games.
I became a junior Team Alaska Player in 1976 and he was my coach. I remember training at the downtown city gym on 6th & G Street. My first encounter with him was him coaching the junior players the "pendulum" serve. I serve used by world champions today. I too then teach my students the usefulness of the pendulum serve in deception and placement.
This interview was take at his home in Eagle River where he has built a special "parlor" for table tennis above his garage where guests are invited to play typically on Saturdays morning during the winter months. A gracious host with his wife, Shirley. He was coach for team Alaska from 1970 to 1984 or longer. Know for playing with sponge and medium pips and a wicked backhand flip that fools the best.
I purchased my first real racket from him when he would bring his suitcase of blade, rubber sheets and cases to weekly practices at the club meeting at Government Hill in north part of Anchorage.