In the late 1970's thru the 1990's, it was done through mailings (which I received all too frequently) and I assume the person making the mailings got names and addresses from chess membership lists. These mailings usually attacked one particular person for things not related to chess, but the intent as far as I could discern was to get the person out of the chess community. It also appears, that politics have a lot to do with these attacks in that one person or group of people think the people in "chess power" have too much power. We see this not only in Missouri chess, but on the national scene as well. I vowed this site would not be a party to such bickerings, no exceptions, and thus the reason for this blog, and the hope is, that if this is read, other sites will remove such commentary. I feel it is harmful to the promotion of chess and the community at large. I do not have any pretenses: I know these chess websites are not viewed by that many people. But the few that do read them, see an ugliness that is not the beauty of the game. It seems when the stakes are low, people want power; afterall, we are talking about chess here and we all know how much money and influence are up for grabs in the most lucrative world of chess, particularly at the local level! Let the game speak for itself and let's remove the behind the scenes personal vendettas from our chess websites. If and when an unpleasantness rears its head, the game and its culture demand an appropriate response, but not one of a personal nature.