The August-September 1983 issue of Chess Voice contained a statement that Mike Goodall had won the Chess Journalists of the Year Award. Page 50 stated the following: The Board then heard a very promising bid from Mike Goodall of Northern California for a U.S. Championship and Zonal tournament to be held in Berkeley next year. Included with this bid was $9000 in cash by an anonymous Berkeley donor. The board will act on this at the next meeting but it appears that, if there are no other equivalent bids, it will be favorably acted upon. Who do you supposed provided this $9,000? Let me guess. The first name started with M. The last name started with G.
Chess Voice had the good fortune to publish during the Golden Age of California chess; 1968 to 1985. Romona W. Gordon took over as Editor for the August 1983 issue, just in time to cover the Pasadena 1983 United State Open. Richard Fauber continued to write his historically important column, "Our Chess Heritage." Chess Voice publication faltered with the June-July 1984 issue and didn't resume until April-May 1985 under new Editor Dan McDaniel. It ceased publication completely on August-September 1985. Bobby Fischer had been the dominant American player from the early 1960's through 1975, and even though he had abdicated the throne, the echo of his presence in California continued to fuel interest for his generation. By 1985, the Fischer Generation was aging...and finding it harder to compete in local tournaments with the Post-Fischer Generation. Chess Voice went into chess history with the generation that had created it.