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This page contains published articles by other writers that featured Richard Pavlicek, Mabel Pavlicek (wife) or Rich Pavlicek (son). Titles in Italics denote general interest without bridge hands. Bracketed letters (J = Rich Jr.) show person featured.
1969-79
Young Star Rising [R]
Hand of the Season [R]
Duck Dooms Declarer [R]
Winning at the Wire [R]
Second Hand Low Sometimes [R]
Bridge Player’s Fortune Is Marked by Cards [RM]    
Nerves of Steel [R]
Double Trouble [R]
Beating the Unbeatable [R]
The ‘Count’ Is True Bridge Nobility [M]
Stop! Thief! [R]
Local Teacher Wins Open Pairs [M]
A Little Thinking Pays Big Dividends [R]
1980-89
Masterful Technique [R]
The Most Unusual Notrump [MJ]
They Came To Play for Points [J]
A Gem of a Squeeze [M]
Pavlicek Wins Vanderbilt [R]
A Good Deal [RMJ]
Teen Earns Coveted Rank [J]
Like Father Like Son [J]
One IMP the Hard Way [R]
The Sounds of Concentration [MJ]
Born To Play Bridge [J]
Master of the Game at 14 [J]
Teen-ager Plays His Cards Right [MJ]
The King Has Entered the Building [J]
A Crowning Achievement [RJ]
It’s the Moves That Challenge [R]
Teens Take Top [J]
1990-99
Inspired Defense Dooms Contract [R]
Cutting the Communication [RJ]
House of Cards [RMJ]
Full Disclosure in Bridge Scoring [R]
Dad on the Ropes [RJ]
Have Cards, Will Travel [RM]
Expert Planning [R]
Partnership Profile [RJ]
Son Gives Dad a Hand [RJ]
2000+
Pavliceks Top LM Open Pairs [RJ] Junior Shines [J]

In 2005 Richard retired from tournament play and bridge teaching to be with and care for Mabel, who is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Rich Jr. has also curtailed his bridge activity, because of parenthood and vocational responsibilities.

[August 2011]. Mabel is holding on pretty well physically, but cognition is virtually zero. The sound and video motion of a large-screen TV keeps her content, and she loves her meals. Seeing her comfortable keeps me happy. I really miss the top-level bridge competition and long to return, but for now I have to play the cards I am dealt. Thanks to all who have expressed kind regards. –RP

[August 2012]. The passing of Neil Armstrong evoked some fond memories, as Mabel and I were married shortly before the 1969 moon landing. Some people swear this was no coincidence — which reminds me… In all our manned flights to the moon, have we ever learned anything useful? I don’t think so. Therefore, I wrote to NASA with a solution: On future flights only send up astronauts with Alzheimer’s, and we can be sure of it. –RP

[November 2012]. A helpful aid in caregiving is to keep a patient’s hands occupied to deter scratching. Yesterday I put a six-inch rubber ring (sold as a dog toy but who’s counting) in Mabel’s left hand and a golf ball in her right hand then went to fix dinner as usual. When I returned they were perfectly switched. How she managed this with her limited faculty is a mystery (never happened before), but I could read the feisty look in her eyes to say, “So there!” –RP

[April 2013]. “Meeska, mooska, mouseketeer…” (If you don’t know the next line, you’re too young.) Sad to read today of the passing of Annette Funicello, my childhood idol of the Mickey Mouse Club era. Oh, the memories, glued to the TV set, watching the roll call and silly antics. My mom, of course, thought I was keen on Mickey, but it was the womanly development of Annette that picqued the interest. Certainly I was abreast of the situation. “…Mouse cartoon time now is here!” –RP

[September 9, 2015]. The angels came. Saddest day in my life.

[October 14, 2015]. Mabel’s birthday. Honey, I Miss You


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