In the late 1970s I co-wrote a weekly chess column in the Sunday edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph with Mr. Anthony Slamecka. Mr. Slamecka, (Tony), had emigrated to the USA from Europe taking a position as a civil engineer with the WV highways dept. He was a very strong player and a close friend of the well known German Grandmaster Friedrich Sämisch. I spent many enjoyable nights at Tony's house playing chess with him. Below are links to scans of the columns we wrote.
My chess nemesis (and close personal friend) was Dr. Bernard P. Kiernan. Bernie was professor emeritus of History, Concord University. In addition to teaching me about chess, history and literature, Bernie also taught me how to play tennis. I enjoyed many wonderful games of chess and tennis with him over the years.