Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 8
Sept 1, 2008
ITTF Museum Newsletter
The Beijing Olympic Games are over, and congratulations to the host country for a clean sweep of all the Table Tennis Gold medals - a fantastic accomplishment in front of the home crowd. Special thanks to Museum Ambassador Yao Zhenxu for all his hard work to ensure a successful Table Tennis competition, and to the Beijing Organizing Committee for helping the ITTF Museum - see the announcement below.
Photo by: Kazuyuki Takahashi
Beijing Olympic Torch!

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) has kindly presented the ITTF Museum with an official Beijing Olympics torch. This beautiful torch will stand proud in the ITTF Museum, a reminder to all of the greatest celebration of sport on the planet, along with its message: One World - One Dream.

Grateful thanks to Mr Yang Shu'an, BOCOG Vice President and ITTF Executive Vice President, shown here presenting the torch to ITTF President Adham Sharara.
ITTF Museum Honored
by USA Hall of Fame

Dick Evans, President of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame, has announced that ITTF Museum Curator Chuck Hoey has been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame. Chuck is both thrilled and humbled by this great honor, observing that "this recognition should be less about me and more about the Museum, preserving and promoting the history of our sport and its legends. Through my exhibits, website and magazine we are reaching an ever growing global audience, stimulating understanding, respect and love for the heritage of Table Tennis." Heartfelt thanks to the Board of the Hall of Fame for their support.
Joola robot        Photos by ITTF Museum

Joola of Germany kindly donated a robot to the ITTF Museum, which is the heart of our Salle de Jeu. This offers our visitors some interactive fun!

Historic DHS table from the 1961 World Championships in Peking

Donations Enhance ITTF Museum

DHS has donated a center court table from the 1961 World Championships (Peking), shown proudly here as the centerpiece in our Age of Technology room.

Grateful thanks to all of our donors, who have helped the ITTF Museum improve to world class status.
Museum Website Certified

The ITTF Museum website: has achieved official certification by the prestigious W3C group. This means that the software (html code) was examined and found to comply with all standards of the international Web Design Group, and is fully interoperable among all browsers. The standards of compliance are very exacting and difficult to meet.
What is a Curator?
A young visitor recently asked this tough question, and we have received a similar inquiry from Japan. Another visitor said he would love to have my job, commenting that all I have to do is dust the glass cases, sit back and wait for donations to arrive!

In general, a curator manages all aspects of a museum or special exhibit. But in practice, there is a broad spectrum of work that requires not only a thorough knowledge of all aspects of Table Tennis history, but also strong hi-tech skills, solid antiques & collecting experience, graphics & design abilities, even occasional detective work! Sometimes you are on a ladder with tool belt, & later you must be an authority on rackets & balls and their evolution.

Let's take a more in-depth look at the job functions in the ITTF Museum, direct from the desk of your Curator.

Many do not realize the substantial technical workload in the ITTF Museum, including development & maintenance of the extensive Museum website, development of research tools such as the Archives website & illustrated Hall of Fame guide, software drivers for touch-screen exhibits, preparing & publishing the quarterly history magazine, bimonthly Newsletter & exhibit brochures, solving inevitable PC problems ... A strong software background is essential - this type of work is what I enjoy most.

But of course there are many other curator duties: exhibit design & logistics coordination, inventory conservation & management, conducting acquisitions program, donations program, Ambassador program, auctions, photography & graphics digital imaging, equipment evaluation & selection, contracts, document editing, shipping logistics, insurance documentation, major media demands, handling research requests, Archives & Library (separate collections of books, videos, photos, programs, documents), guided tours, VIP hosting & presentations, composing advertising, promotional activities, museum shop development & product design, daily e-mails & correspondence, my own personal research, articles for TT Illustrated & other magazines ... Have I left out anything? Oh, don't forget to dust the display cases!

Bottom line: a curator is all about Passion, 7 days a week.

Contact the curator to receive e-mails about the new issues:
Online Table Tennis
History Journal

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.

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 Summer issue was released on 1 August; it introduces the first celluloid balls, made in New York in the 1870s, the beginnings of an historic destiny! Stay tuned for the Fall 2008 50th anniversary issue, scheduled for release on 1 November. Visit the Museum homepage: and click on the magazine cover to retrieve the issues.
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.