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J. Franklin Campbell

Full Name: James Franklin Campbell (I go by "Franklin")
Residence: Mason, Michigan (USA)
Born: 26 April 1942 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA)
Married to: Anne Campbell
Daughter: Margaret (Meg) Campbell-Crawley
Son-in-Law: Jeff Campbell-Crawley
Grandchildren: Tobias (Toby) Webb, Hazel Simone Campbell-Crawley
Family Web Site: The Hazel Page

J. Franklin Campbell

I currently live in Mason, Michigan, a town of about 7,000 just south of the Michigan capital city Lansing, Michigan and near Michigan State University (MSU). I lived here in a 150 year old Italianette style house just a block from the center of town with my wife, daughter and grandson. I have since moved 3 blocks away and left my daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren to live in the old house. I seldom play chess in the area, preferring to stick to correspondence chess. However, I can easily walk to the post office, town hall, bank and several other facilities, which are all within a few blocks. Isn't small town life wonderful?

I learned to play OTB as a senior in High School in 1959 where I was a High School chess team teammate of well-known chess journalist Roy DeVault. I played in the Tulsa, Oklahoma chess club, where I got a chance to play a number of former and current state champions. I won the Kansas State Championship tournament in 1966. After college and marriage, I played for many years in the Sven Brask Chess Club in Massachusetts, winning the club championship twice. My OTB rating peaked at 2100+.

I started playing postal chess in 1964 with Al Horowitz's Chess Review magazine in the Golden Knights (USCF later purchased this magazine and now runs these postal chess events). A few years later I discovered the CCLA and have been a member for many years. I then discovered a cc magazine published by APCT that I really liked and switched to that organization. After a few years I started my column "The Campbell Report" in that magazine, APCT News Bulletin. My postal rating with APCT passed the 2200 mark on two occasions, perhaps my proudest moments in chess. My ICCF rating has reached approximately 2250.

Former member of: APCT and CCLA, current member of USCF (Life), Chess Journalists of America (CJA), Michigan State Chess Assoc., and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Chess Activities: occasionally play CC with APCT and ICCF, play blitz on ICC (handle "jfc") and play some at a local Senior Center.

Journalistic Activities: wrote "The Campbell Report" in APCT News Bulletin for 18 years (1989 through 2006 when the magazine ceased publication), have been published in several other magazines such as The Chess Journalist, floridaChess, King's Korner, Chess Mail.

Other Chess Activities: Photographer for 1985 Match of Champions (Lev Alburt vs. Nigel Short), current webmaster for "The Campbell Report - Correspondence Chess" and Chess Journalists of America (CJA), and former webmaster for APCT and ICCF-US. I also serve as Tournament Director for several ICCF tournaments and have served ICCF in several capacities. I am an International Arbiter in ICCF and the archivist for ICCF-U.S..

Other Non-chess Interests: Photography, table tennis, astronomy, haiku poetry, coin collecting. See my main domain page http://JFCampbell.US for a list of my Internet hobby activies.

Profession: Computer programmer/analyst.

I last worked for Strategic Interactive in Lansing, Michigan. I worked on programming/analysis for educational, automotive, financial websites and other web-related projects. A summary of my previous work experience can be seen in my resume. I am currently retired.

Last updated on 10 March 2014

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