Honored and humbled

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Honored and humbled

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I went to P.O. Box 3 Jupiter, Florida today and found this plaque waiting for me there .....
I am truly humbled to be deemed worthy of such an honor by my peers and friends in ORCA.

I remember attending a "lure" show in Columbus Ohio back in 1989. I was talking with Mike Nogay, Charlie Price and a couple of other reel guys about how much fun it would be to go to a tackle show that specialized in reels. Mike suggested starting a club so we talked about it for a while and Mike said he would head up the project. After some discussion we thought $10.00 (it was $10.00 wasn't it Mike?) would be a good figure for club dues. I can't remember if I handed my $10.00 to Mike before Charlie did but we both couldn't get the money out of our pockets fast enough. Mike did all the leg work from there and so was born ORCA.

I have belonged to many clubs over the years but none as well run as ORCA. The best newsletter, the best web-site, the best conventions, the best researchers and people willing to share their hard won information and help others ... so many friends that I truly care about and so many more that I hope to meet some day. My sincere thanks to ORCA, Mr. Pie and all involved for this honor.


Ed "Reels As Big As Your Head" Pritchard

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Well deserved, my friend.

Congratulations !

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What Dean said. :cool

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Ditto! :bow:

Thanks for being such a strong contributor to the information flow that makes this Club great, Ed!
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Congrats Ed !!!! Your the REEL Man ! John Taylor

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That's a good wall-hanger. Congratulations.

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Congratulations, Ed! You truly deserve that recognition!
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Congratulations Ed! This year's plaque could not have gone to a more deserving person.

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Congratulations, Ed. Truly deserved for all you have done for the hobby and for the generous way you share information about old fishing reels. Well done!

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It was $10. I wasn’t sure if you Florida boys would trust an old West Virginia boy with much more until you saw the first newsletter. (-:
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Congratulations, Ed, and thanks for everything you do. Makes it fun!

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Congrats Ed!
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pretty cool

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Congratulations, Ed! And thanks for all the information you've provided over the years.
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Well deserved Ed! Congratulations
I would like any unusual pflueger casting reels!

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Congratulations Ed! Thanks for your contributions to Reel Talk and letting us see pictures of your little reels!
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Congratulations Ed!
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Ed, well deserved,thank you for all your help

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Congrats Ed!

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Congrats Ed! I've learned more about Big Game reels from you than any one or any other source. You have also contributed more to my collection over the last 25 tears than anyone. Well deserved award my friend!!! :bow:

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Just catching up to things, so a belated congratulations, Ed. We were sorry you couldn't be there to receive the honor in person but we all appreciate what you've done for ORCA and in furthering the appreciation and knowledge about fishing reels and their history. Big reels, more than anything!

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