Straight From The Horse's Mouth

Written by Judy Kay-Wolff




The West hand bid a No Trump - very early in the day

Two passes put the onus - in the hands of Mr. Kay

He thought and then Two Clubs he bid - (His purpose needs no mention)

With that the lady questioned North - if that was some convention

The humor in this story - is really quite a dandy

As Mr. Kay was playing with - the famous Mr. Landy






Judy Kay-Wolff's introduction to the poem:

Living in a high-rise next to the Sheraton Hotel in Center City Philadelphia in the mid-sixties presented many opportunities to socialize with visiting bridge friends as the adjacent hotel hosted most of our Sectionals and Regionals. On one occasion, I was kibitzing Norman playing with a New York luminary whose name was actually a household bridge word - if there ever was one!

Norman’s partner had motored in for the tournament and the Philadelphia contingent was ecstatic by his presence. In fact, the amusing repartee during the auction served as fodder for this poem.

In those days, there were no such obligations as 'Alerts' - so it was the responsibility of the person wanting an explanation to ask at his or her turn to call. With a straight face (repressing a smile), Alvin matter-of-factly responded to West’s inquiry, describing 2 Clubs as'‘Landy' - asking partner to bid a major. By the nonchalance of her 'Thank You,' we don't think she had a clue!


Judy Kay-Wolff, a Diamond Life Master, is no stranger to the tournament scene and has the distinction of being married to two Hall of Famers. She was wed to the late international star, Norman Kay, for nearly forty years and is presently married to eleven-time world Champion, former Dallas Ace, Bobby Wolff. A Philadelphian by birth, Judy who now resides in Las Vegas, has enjoyed many phases of our game spanning five decades - player, administrator, charity game organizer and amateur musical bridge show writer and director. Source.