Source: Bocchi & Madala Big Bang Bridge
It ran the year 2001 and I was hired by George Jacobs to play an American National with Lauria, Versace and Duboin, but before the teams championship there is always a pairs tournament and I was the one to play it with the sponsor (surely because of my sympathy, I am not very sure if it was because of my game).
After some boards we arrived to a table, the opponents was a pair formed by a guy who was identical to Salvador Dali and a guy that I swear he looked like Hulk (instantly I thought: “better than we are playing a bridge hand and we are not engaged in a Roman Greek fight”). We had to play 2 boards and the first hand went smooth, it was an average hand, you must know that George is a great person besides being a sponsor who plays well, but he has the defect (as many Americans have) to ask a lot, he is very punctilious, the bidding goes:
Hulk opens 1 club, I Pass and Dali 1 diamond. George asks Hulk what does 1 diamond mean and he imperturbable says: natural, because we play everything completely natural. George Pass and Hulk says 1 heart, I Pass and Dali says 2 hearts and George asks what 2 hearts mean, and Hulk a little less imperturbable says natural (the voice was a little more firm), Hulk continues with a 2NT bid and Dali says 3NT.
George asked him what 3NT was, and Hulk responds in an almost unpleasant manner: NATURAL, but George was not satisfied and he wanted to ask for more information, so he asked it in this way: but is this all we have to know?
At that point, Hulk dressed in a white short-sleeved shirt got his elbows over the table showing his swollen biceps (like my legs I swear, never seen such muscles) and said to him:
At this point YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT MY NAME IS JOHNNNN,
and George at that point, frightened (I was already under the table, actually I was 2 yards from the table and was looking for a way to escape) said:
I don’t care what the bidding meant, I was very interested to know your name dear friend John, at that point a everybody started to laugh…as a liberation.
Still today Hulk and John are a myth but George is still more…