Leo Sobel and Peter Tishman AFLA Treasurers, on the cover of American Fencing Magazine, July 1969
American Fencing Magazine, 1954: More about the A.F.L.A
article by Jose R. de Capriles
New York Athletic Club Stars: Charles G. Bothner, Rudolph Haubold & Georges Kavanagh
The Fencing Section of the New York Turn-Verein, first organized in 1850, is the oldest fencingclub in New York City and probably in the country. In celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year it will act as a host to a special AFLA competition for which it will supply medals and a suitable plaque.
On April 7th the Club’s highest athletic honor, the Veterans Award, will be presented to Fencing Chairman Jack Keane. A former football player, Jack began fencing instruction with Maestro Niederkirchner in 1957. So remarkable was his natural aptitude that he made the finals in the national foil championship in 1958. In 1960 and 1961 he gained the Metropolitan three weapon crown. Then in '62 he "switched blades," and specialized in saber. His progress in saber has been meteoric: he 'was a finalist in the 1964 Olympic Trials ; in '66 he placed second in the Hungarian Outdoor Championships ; and in '67 he took the Pan Am gold medal. Jack will be the first fencer ever honored by the Veterans.
Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Jr., a frequent donor and supporter of fencing.
This Ledger of The Fencers Club, New York c. 1896-1910; was purchased from Sanctuary Books in Manhattan.
Midwest Fencing Championships, Minneapolis Minnesota
May 4 and 5, 1957
The past year has seen a change in direction with establishment of the North American circuit of events. This circuit was established to achieve a critically important goal—that of providing our top fencers with stronger competition throughout the season beyond fencing one another in a “closed event”. Why? It was done to provide a sounder base by which we could select our best fencers to represent the U.S. in major national events: World Championships, Pan-American games and Olympic Games.
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