Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 6
May 1, 2008
ITTF Museum Newsletter
May Day
In Switzerland and Norway May 1 is celebrated as Ascension Day. Throughout much of Europe May Day is Labor Day, a holiday for workers. But no holiday for the Museum - the work never ends ...

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Online Table Tennis
History Journal
Spring 2008 issue released!

A magazine devoted to the history of Table Tennis and its memorabilia is available free as a pdf download via the ITTF Museum website, or by direct link: Magazine

The Table Tennis Collector is published 4 times a year, and is enjoyed not only by collectors across the globe, but also by those who are fascinated by the colorful history of our sport - over 1 million pages downloaded since the ITTF Museum began its publication in 2006.

Check out the latest issue: Spring 2008 Each issue is packed with 24 pages of historic information: research articles, vintage photographs, exhibit reports, and regular columns on auction trends, books and Table Tennis philately. The new issue also contains a review of the first movie about Table Tennis, produced by the first ITTF President, Hon. Ivor Montagu in 1928, which can be viewed in the ITTF Museum.
Visitors flock to the ITTF Museum

With the long-awaited arrival of the Spring season comes a significant increase in visitors to the ITTF Museum. United Nations Under-Secretary Willi Lemke, who is also Chairman of the famous Werder-Bremen football team, met with the ITTF staff concerning his role in fostering peace and development through sport. Willi then enjoyed a tour of the ITTF Museum, taking particular interest in the Ping Pong Diplomacy exhibit. He promised to arrange a photo of Werder-Bremen star Diego playing Table Tennis for our Celebrity Photo Gallery. Thank you Willi !

Help us create a world class museum for our sport! Contact the curator to do your part to help improve our museum:
Donation by Appreciative Visitors

Two families from Sweden visited in April, including Nils Torell, a young player of great potential. As a 10-year old he recently played none other than his mentor, Jan-Ove Waldner! Nils and his family enjoyed a guided 'hands-on' tour of the Museum, handling 100 year-old rackets, witnessing the great achievements of Swedish players throughout history, and then a video showing fantastic points, many of which were won by Jan-Ove as well as Jorgen Persson. Nils was thrilled to have his photo taken while holding an official torch from the Athens Olympic Games. At the end of the tour the family generously donated 100 Swiss Francs to the Museum Fund!

I hope others will follow their lead, as much work needs to be done to create a world class museum for our sport. Money is needed for our touch screen video exhibits, for UV light protection, improved lighting, more graphics ... every little bit helps!
A group of students from the prestigious Académie Internationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sport (AISTS) spent several hours in the ITTF Museum. AISTS offers an MSA degree - Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology, a unique postgraduate programme in sport management.
The students especially enjoyed the Celebrity Photo Gallery, as well as a video showing fantastic points from World Championship matches. They were visibly impressed by the museum and left with a clear understanding that Table Tennis is a great world class sport. Two clubs from Switzerland also visited, and a cash donation has been promised.

Busy Schedule Ahead
It is clear that word is spreading about our museum, with many more visitors scheduled, including World Radio Switzerland, the Table Tennis Competition Manager for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Mr. Yao Zhenxu, ITTF Executive Vice-President Neil Harwood, the IOC, and the Swiss Table Tennis Federation.

Enhancement Plan
The museum experience will become even more memorable when our enhancement plan is implemented. This will include several interactive exhibits, such as a series of touch screen videos showing best point highlights of World Championship and Olympic Finals matches. We will also have a modern table and robot that visitors can try, and some fun computer games.
Beijing 2008 Pins & Collectibles
A Continuing Update: More pins issued

Did You Know ... ?
There are over 5000 pieces in the ITTF Museum, including 1000 rackets! Why not plan a visit to the Museum soon - groups welcome. Contact the curator to make a reservation.