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Petition to Recall Bill Goichberg from the USCF Executive Board

To the USCF Delegates and Alternates:

Nobody campaigned harder than I did to make Bill Goichberg the USCF
President. Goichberg wanted to be USCF President for many decades and
I felt that he deserved the chance. However, now, Bill Goichberg has
been USCF President for three years. Every year of those three years,
the USCF has suffered serious financial loses, even after juggling the
books to make the losses seem to be less than they really were. Bill
Goichberg is unwilling to take the steps that need to be taken to stop
these horrific losses which are, number one, to cut staff. Rather than
cutting staff, Bill Goichberg wants to cut Chess Life magazine and
Chess Life for Kids magazine. He even wants to stop sending membership
cards to the members.

There has been a tremendous outcry from the long established members
of the USCF against these changes proposed by Bill Goichberg. Yet,
Goichberg will not listen. The Executive Board voted 6-0 without any
significant discussion or debate to adopt the Goichberg “New Plan”. In
view of the tremendous outcry of protest, some of the board members
are starting to get cold feet, but not Bill Goichberg. He is going
forward full speed ahead with his plan. He is supported by Board
Member Randy Bauer, who is even more radical than Bill Goichberg.
Bauer wants to scrap Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids immediately,
without further ado.

The Goichberg “New Plan” will come to a vote at the USCF Delegates
meeting in Dallas on August 9-10, 2008. Do not think that it is a
simple matter of defeating his motion and all will b e sweetness and
light thereafter. Goichberg is known for his persistence. He will try
again and again. I have seen this happen many times. If the delegates
vote this down, at the first meeting of the board which takes place
right after the delegates meeting, he will propose the same thing
again, this time labeling it as a “promotion”. Perhaps you are not
familiar with these promotions. The by-laws wisely give the delegates
the exclusive power to set the dues. The Executive Board cannot change
the dues. However, the Executive Board or the Executive Director on
his own can offer promotions. Goichberg has used this loophole in the
by-laws to offer promotions to move the dues up or down as he sees
fit. Thus, the by-laws have become a dead letter.

Goichberg says that his plan to turn Chess Life and Chess Life for
Kids into online publications will “save” the USCF $86,000. However,
Hanon Russell, who owns USCF Sales which he bought from the USCF in an
outsourcing deal and who has signed a contract under which he is to
pay the USCF $150,000 per year and which gives him the right to
publish ads in Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids magazines, has
written two letters to Bill Goichberg stating that he considers the
“New Plan”, if implemented, to be a breach of his contract with the
USCF. Translation: If the delegates approve the Goichberg plan on
August 9-10, 2008, the USCF can no longer expect to receive the
$150,000 per year from Hanon Russell. Thus, the supposed “savings”
will be more than wiped out.

I have known Bill Goichberg since 1961 and everybody who knows him
agrees: Once Bill Goichberg has an idea in his head, he will never
back down, he will never change it. Trying to convince Bill Goichberg
that he is wrong is just a waste of time. Thus, the only course left
open is a recall petition.

I am aware of the risks of a recall petition. The number one risk is
that Goichberg has a lot of enemies, but some of his enemies are even
worse than Goichberg is. There are certain people out there who are
truly bad, evil people who would like to get their hands on the USCF
and the $3.2 million in annual revenues that the USCF receives.
Goichberg may be misguided, but he is not malicious. Goichberg really
does not want to harm the USCF. He just has poor judgment. There are
those who really do want to harm the USCF and there is a significant
danger that a recall of Goichberg will deliver the USCF into their
hands.

In spite of this significant risk, I believe that a recall of
Goichberg should proceed. The reason is that the USCF will not survive
the Goichberg plan. Goichberg first became USCF Vice-President in the
1996 USCF Election. For most of the years since 1996, Goichberg has
held the positions of either President, Vice-President or Executive
Director. During that time, the USCF has lost more than two million
dollars, whereas up to 1996 the USCF was highly profitable. I am not
blaming Goichberg entirely for the $2 million in losses. Certainly
not. Many people should share that blame. However, the fiscal year
ended on May 31, 2008 and the USCF racked up another 6-figure loss. I
believe that the loss will turn out to be in the range of $200,000.
Rather than taking appropriate steps like cutting staff and expenses,
Goichberg wants to cut the magazines and the membership cards.

The USCF cannot survive another year of a Goichberg presidency. His
term of office ends in August, 2009 and it is certain that he will run
for another four-year term. (There used to be a rule that the USCF
President could not succeed himself, but all such rules were abolished
in 1999). It is certain that there will be a tremendous effort to stop
Goichberg from being re-elected in 2009, but that will cost a lot of
time and money with no assurance of success.

Thus, what needs to be done is a petition to recall Bill Goichberg
needs to be started now. This is necessary to save the USCF from
financial ruin.

I am not the right person to start this recall campaign. Therefore, I
am asking others to come forward to form a committee to accomplish
this. I do believe that this recall campaign will ultimately be
successful and that Goichberg will ultimately be thrown out, but
somebody has to start it.

Sam Sloan
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On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 1:41 PM, Randy Bauer
wrote:

Perhaps I'll file an ethics complain against Sam Sloan for the
blatant lie that "Bauer wants to scrap Chess Life and Chess Life for
Kids immediately, without further ado."

A total fabrication - but what else is new coming from Sam Sloan?

Randy Bauer

Randy Bauer says above that he is not in favor of the immediate
scrapping of Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids.

If this is true, Mr. Bauer certainly managed to fool at lot of people
when he wrote comments such as what he wrote on May 18, 2008, when he
wrote about Chess Life:

"IT IS A DINASOUR. GET OVER IT.
"Time to move on.
"Randy Bauer"

Or, how about the following comments by Randy Bauer:

BINFO200802986 Date 2008-05-22 From randybauer2300

"No, that is NOT fair. I don't understand why people can't understand
the difference. A member who chooses the Regular membership STILL
GETS CHESS LIFE. They get it via a secure website and get its entire
contents. THEY JUST GET IT ELECTRONICALLY.

"Why is this so hard for people to grasp?

"Randy Bauer"


BINFO200802983 Date 2008-05-22 From randybauer2300

"Please note that this is NOT about eliminating Chess Life as a major
marketing asset. This is only about how it is delivered."

From: Randy Bauer [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 6:45 PM

"The world has changed, and adaptation is necessary. The option
developed by Bill Goichberg provides opportunities to maintain a
connection with members - they will still get the full contents of
Chess Life (not just the content on the USCF website) but it will be
delivered electronically. They may get it with the great interactive
tools that allow one to play the games over the computer without use
of board and set. They will also get a paper newsletter. We will
make even further effort to stay in contact with them via email."

================================

Somehow, a few people concluded that when Randy Bauer wrote, "IT IS A
DINASOUR. GET OVER IT", he did mean to suggest that we get rid of
Chess Life.

For example, Al Lawrence wrote to Randy Bauer:

"I'd suggest that, before scuttling Chess Life, you and your
colleagues do some research. Perhaps contacting other organizations
whose members have something in common with us to see how sister
organizations have wrestled with this question could help. This would
be relatively cheap. Perhaps you've already done this."

Frank Brady wrote:

"If I were still on the USCF Board, I would definitely vote
against turning Chess Life into an online publication. And for what
it's worth, I have both an online and a home-delivery subscription to
The New York Times, and I rarely ever read the on-line version. I
might also point out that many marketers are giving up on e-mail and
online approaches, because it's just not working. They're reverting to
the old tried and true direct mail efforts."

"Dr. Frank Brady, President
"Marshall Chess Club"

None of the above letters have any effect, except that Randy Bauer
wrote insulting replies to Al Lawrence, Frank Brady and Hanon Russell,
among others.

Sam Sloan
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Default Petition to Recall Bill Goichberg from the USCF Executive Board

A DINOSAUR?

Sam is correct to say that a reasonable
extrapolation from Randy Bauer's statements is that he
regards Chess Life as a dinosaur, and in our modern world
of business, dinosaurs are no longer treated so gently as
they were by evolution. They are meant to expire quickly.

The other side of the coin is that neither Sam
nor I can see inside the man's heart.

No one argues that business dinosaurs should be
coddled. I, for one, would favor immediate
destruction of Chess Life and play the part of Cato
the Elder in advocating a peace for the magazine based
on Delenda est Cathargo, sowing its ashes with salt, IF
I believed the old whore no longer attracted customers.

The issue is whether there is a better membership
package for the USCF at this time than requiring CL
for the regular membership and certain other categories.

I am convinced that Sam is correct in saying
that the proposal for a de facto end of Chess Life
is utter madness. Reducing the bloated staff in
Crossville is surely a better option.

As I judge the matter, the only possible sense
behind this proposal is to smooth the skids under the
USCF and prepare for a lowball bid from Bill Goichberg
to establish the USCCF.

Yours, Larry Parr



samsloan wrote:
On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 1:41 PM, Randy Bauer
wrote:

Perhaps I'll file an ethics complain against Sam Sloan for the
blatant lie that "Bauer wants to scrap Chess Life and Chess Life for
Kids immediately, without further ado."

A total fabrication - but what else is new coming from Sam Sloan?

Randy Bauer

Randy Bauer says above that he is not in favor of the immediate
scrapping of Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids.

If this is true, Mr. Bauer certainly managed to fool at lot of people
when he wrote comments such as what he wrote on May 18, 2008, when he
wrote about Chess Life:

"IT IS A DINASOUR. GET OVER IT.
"Time to move on.
"Randy Bauer"

Or, how about the following comments by Randy Bauer:

BINFO200802986 Date 2008-05-22 From randybauer2300

"No, that is NOT fair. I don't understand why people can't understand
the difference. A member who chooses the Regular membership STILL
GETS CHESS LIFE. They get it via a secure website and get its entire
contents. THEY JUST GET IT ELECTRONICALLY.

"Why is this so hard for people to grasp?

"Randy Bauer"


BINFO200802983 Date 2008-05-22 From randybauer2300

"Please note that this is NOT about eliminating Chess Life as a major
marketing asset. This is only about how it is delivered."

From: Randy Bauer [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 6:45 PM

"The world has changed, and adaptation is necessary. The option
developed by Bill Goichberg provides opportunities to maintain a
connection with members - they will still get the full contents of
Chess Life (not just the content on the USCF website) but it will be
delivered electronically. They may get it with the great interactive
tools that allow one to play the games over the computer without use
of board and set. They will also get a paper newsletter. We will
make even further effort to stay in contact with them via email."

================================

Somehow, a few people concluded that when Randy Bauer wrote, "IT IS A
DINASOUR. GET OVER IT", he did mean to suggest that we get rid of
Chess Life.

For example, Al Lawrence wrote to Randy Bauer:

"I'd suggest that, before scuttling Chess Life, you and your
colleagues do some research. Perhaps contacting other organizations
whose members have something in common with us to see how sister
organizations have wrestled with this question could help. This would
be relatively cheap. Perhaps you've already done this."

Frank Brady wrote:

"If I were still on the USCF Board, I would definitely vote
against turning Chess Life into an online publication. And for what
it's worth, I have both an online and a home-delivery subscription to
The New York Times, and I rarely ever read the on-line version. I
might also point out that many marketers are giving up on e-mail and
online approaches, because it's just not working. They're reverting to
the old tried and true direct mail efforts."

"Dr. Frank Brady, President
"Marshall Chess Club"

None of the above letters have any effect, except that Randy Bauer
wrote insulting replies to Al Lawrence, Frank Brady and Hanon Russell,
among others.

Sam Sloan

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Here is the response posted by Randy Bauer:

On Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 5:59 PM, Randy Bauer
wrote:

And the quote where I said, as Sam Sloan suggests, that I favor
immediately ending publishing Chess Life and Chess for Kids is where?
Answer: it doesn't exist.



Instead, Sloan engages in his usual ludicrous "analysis" (no
wonder the guy is lousy chess player) to lead to a conclusion
that . . . also doesn't exist in any realistic world. The guy is a
flake, and anybody who takes him seriously needs professional help.



I've said over and over that Chess Life will continue to exist,
but some members will get it electronically. End of story. For that
matter, even dinosaurs existed for thousands of years.



Randy Bauer

--- On Fri, 6/20/08, Sam Sloan wrote:

From: Sam Sloan
Subject: Petition to Recall Bill Goichberg from the USCF
Executive Board
To:
Cc:
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Date: Friday, June 20, 2008, 4:42 PM


On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 1:41 PM, Randy Bauer
wrote:

Perhaps I'll file an ethics complain against Sam Sloan for
the blatant lie that "Bauer wants to scrap Chess Life and Chess Life
for Kids immediately, without further ado."

A total fabrication - but what else is new coming from Sam
Sloan?

Randy Bauer


Randy Bauer says above that he is not in favor of the
immediate scrapping of Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids.

If this is true, Mr. Bauer certainly managed to fool at lot of
people when he wrote comments such as what he wrote on May 18, 2008,
when he wrote about Chess Life:

"IT IS A DINASOUR. GET OVER IT.
"Time to move on.
"Randy Bauer"

Or, how about the following comments by Randy Bauer:

BINFO200802986 Date2008-05-22 From randybauer2300

"No, that is NOT fair. I don't understand why people can't
understand the difference. A member who chooses the Regular
membership STILL GETS CHESS LIFE. They get it via a secure website
and get its entire contents. THEY JUST GET IT ELECTRONICALLY.

"Why is this so hard for people to grasp?

"Randy Bauer


BINFO200802983 Date2008-05-22 From randybauer2300

"Please note that this is NOT about eliminating Chess Life as
a major marketing asset. This is only about how it is delivered."

From: Randy Bauer [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 6:45 PM

"The world has changed, and adaptation is necessary. The
option developed by Bill Goichberg provides opportunities to maintain
a connection with members - they will still get the full contents of
Chess Life (not just the content on the USCF website) but it will be
delivered electronically. They may get it with the great interactive
tools that allow one to play the games over the computer without use
of board and set. They will also get a paper newsletter. We will
make even further effort to stay in contact with them via email."

================================

Somehow, a few people concluded that when Randy Bauer wrote,
""IT IS A DINASOUR. GET OVER IT." he did mean to suggest that we get
rid of Chess Life.

For example, Al Lawrence wrote to Randy Bauer:

"I'd suggest that, before scuttling Chess Life, you and
your colleagues do some research. Perhaps contacting other
organizations whose members have something in common with us to see
how sister organizations have wrestled with this question could help.
This would be relatively cheap. Perhaps you've already done this."


Frank Brady wrote:

"If I were still on the USCF Board, I would definitely
vote against turning Chess Life into an online publication. And for
what it's worth, I have both an online and a home-delivery
subscription to The New York Times, and I rarely ever read the on-line
version. I might also point out that many marketers are giving up on e-
mail and online approaches, because it's just not working. They're
reverting to the old tried and true direct mail efforts."

"Dr. Frank Brady, President
"Marshall Chess Club"

None of the above letters have any effect, except that Randy
Bauer wrote insulting replies to Al Lawrence, Frank Brady and Hanon
Russell, among others.

Sam Sloan
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A DINOSAUR?

Sam is correct to say that a reasonable
extrapolation from Randy Bauer's statements is that he
regards Chess Life as a dinosaur, and in our modern world
of business, dinosaurs are no longer treated so gently as
they were by evolution. They are meant to expire quickly.

The other side of the coin is that neither Sam
nor I can see inside the man's heart.

No one argues that business dinosaurs should be
coddled.


Yes, they do, and your following nonsense
is entirely typical of the coddlers!

I, for one, would favor immediate
destruction of Chess Life and play the part of Cato
the Elder in advocating a peace for the magazine based
on Delenda est Cathargo, sowing its ashes with salt, IF
I believed the old whore no longer attracted customers.


Ah. So long as (subsidized) Chess Life can attract even one
customer, then keeping it around isn't coddling!

Will Larry Parr ever tire of telling the outrageous lie?
Chess Life is not published to attract customers. Even
long-time magazine champion Bill Goichberg employs
the euphemism "communicating with the membership."
Chess Life is like TASS in the USSR. It is designed to
tell the people what to think and to promulgate a
failing chess culture. No doubt somebody like a
Parr desperately needs a GM Larry Evans to tell
him how to think and act each month, but few share
his "need".


The issue is whether there is a better membership
package for the USCF at this time than requiring CL
for the regular membership and certain other categories.

I am convinced that Sam is correct in saying
that the proposal for a de facto end of Chess Life
is utter madness. Reducing the bloated staff in
Crossville is surely a better option.

As I judge the matter, the only possible sense
behind this proposal is to smooth the skids under the
USCF and prepare for a lowball bid from Bill Goichberg
to establish the USCCF.

Yours, Larry Parr



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