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Title Oral History of Hugh Fullerton
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, "Ambassador" Hugh Fullerton provides an insider's perspective on the community of backgammon and chess players who meet daily at the Depot Plaza. Born and raised in Ohio, Hugh moved to the Bay Area with his family in 1969 for a job in San Francisco. Originally touching down in San Rafael, they settled in Mill Valley in 1971. After a few years working as a "corporado," he became self-employed and found his way into the downtown gaming community. Hugh explains backgammon and the variant of the game known as chouette (French for "owl") that is played at the Plaza. He evokes the social milieu and camaraderie of the gamers, and introduces some of the personalities from the community. Hugh discusses the weekly Friday afternoon game, which draws some of the best backgammon players from around the Bay Area and Northern California, and the annual Fullerton Classic Backgammon Tournament. Throughout this oral history, Hugh underscores how fortunate Mill Valley is to have a central, European-style plaza and expresses his gratitude for the sense of community it fosters.
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Dates of Creation 2016-08-29

Narrator's name Fullerton, Hugh
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 18pp
Recording: 00:56:26
Search Terms Backgammon
Begley, John
Begley, Nancy Ketchum
Callahan, John
Chess
Competitions
Depot
Dowie, Mark
Fullerton, Elizabeth
Games
Gaming
James, Mark
Jestadt, Jesse
Mill Valley Depot
Plaza
Sears, Jeff
Sheridan, Arthur
Wolsey, Kip
Object ID 2016.088.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2016. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.