Saturday shout out to ‘Original 9’ tennis players, 1970


I caught about 30 minutes of Billie Jean King and Boomer Esiason talking about the launch of equity and equality for women athletes.

The original nine played for one dollar each to launch the professional circuit.

Billie Jean King, Rosie Casals, Nancy Richey, Judy Dalton, Kerry Melville Reid, Julie Heldman, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kristy Pigeon and Valerie Ziegenfuss. 

(I have to admit it took me a minute to realize this is a reunion shot — then Stanford greatest product and Palo Alto education activist — responding to my prompt — Kathy Jordan texted back the original photo link

https://www.wtatennis.com/news/1558684/original-9-a-legacy-of-independence-and-empowerment

in a related story I realize that Jill of Palo Alto is the daughter of the first agent who launched professionalism in men’s tennis back in 1940.

Also since today is Chabot I will tie in the fact that a friend of mine said is DNA test reveals that he is 13 percent Jewish. I said claim you’re 18 percent Jewish

Or as Phil silvers says to Jonathan Winters 1963 mad mad mad: try me I’m pretty gullible

Kerry Melville Reid

Nancy Richey

Peaches Bartkowicz

Kristy Pigeon 

Kristy Pigeon 

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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