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Help with Yogiisms will be appreciated[edit]

I've been meaning to get back to the verified list of Yogiisms, though I did feel a bit dispirited by the changes in the actual page. The list should be transferred to "Quotes" of course, perhaps with a category "In all likelihood from jokes" added to it. WHPratt do you think you could do a rundown of quotes from the book you own, like Baseball Bugs did in the subsection below your post? I would then integrate them into the list (when I can come around to this). Thx. Deep Atlantic Blue (talk) 18:07, 24 April 2009 (UTC)


I appreciate your comments on chess articles, e.g, at Talk:Castling. I hope you continue to offer your expertise on these articles, and you can consider joining WP:CHESS if you are interested. Quale (talk) 08:35, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

I'm a fan[edit]

This may sound a little silly, but after seeing an interesting comment you made about descriptive notation, I went to check out some of your other contributions, and I really enjoyed reading the comments you have left on various talk pages: consistently well-phrased, thoughtful and informative. Just wanted to let you know you have a fan! JudahH (talk) 14:01, 28 May 2010 (UTC)

Thank you! I'm trying to add to the store of information, and your encouragement is appreciated.WHPratt (talk) 00:42, 29 May 2010 (UTC)

Welcome to WikiProject Chess[edit]

Hi WHPratt, and welcome to the WikiProject Chess ! We are always eager to welcome new participants, so if you need help on a chess-related subject (or anything else), please do not hesitate to ask on the Talk page of the project. Happy editing ! SyG (talk) 17:55, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

Response to your re-question on hockey save[edit]

I just responded to your new question in Talk:Save (goaltender). By the way, I play chess also and I sometimes write and edit Wikipedia articles on chess. Do have any chess reference books ? I wrote this article on exchanging pieces in chess games. Any references or examples would be good to add. H Padleckas (talk) 04:23, 15 June 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for responding -- I followed up with still another question! We hockey/chess experts are a rare breed. I'll get back to you re your article. I may have something of interest. WHPratt (talk) 13:59, 15 June 2010 (UTC)


I think it is on page 502 of the September 1976 issue. I don't have that issue, so I was going to request it through the library, but if you can reference it, I would appreciate it. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 22:32, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

As I noted in the article's talk page, my archive only extended to 1975, so I don't have access to it. Sorry about that. WHPratt (talk) 16:50, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

Touch-move rule and the Fireside Book of Chess[edit]

At the Touch-move rule talk page you mentioned a game from the Fireside Book of Chess. That has now been added to the article. Do you have the page number of the book (I looked through the book and didn't find the game). Thank you. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 14:47, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

I have the book on a shelf and can get the data once I get home from work today. I'll get back to you. WHPratt (talk) 16:13, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Thank. I thought it was most likely to be in the "odd, but true" chapter, so I looked most closely there, but I didn't see it anywhere when skimming the book. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 16:36, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Chernev, Irving and Reinfeld, Fred. The Fireside Book of Chess. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1949, 1966. Page 111 (Chapter: "Remarkable Games and Their Stories"). WHPratt (talk) 22:04, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 15:02, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
Y'r welcome. I discovered that book at a Chicago public library when I was 11 or 12, and checked it out often. I managed to find a paperback reprint many years later.

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Thank you for the correction! When I moved the details on the Victorino/Sanchez strikeout there (from Uncaught third strike), I seem to have added this one detail in addition to the facts! Spike-from-NH (talk) 22:14, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

And, thanks for acknowledging that. While it wouldn't be impossible, I figured it was unlikely to be the fourth K, and it was easy enough to check. WHPratt (talk) 14:17, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
Of course, somebody may strike out four in an inning this afternoon, and the sentence will be gone forever anyway! WHPratt (talk) 14:22, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Jim Butterfield[edit]

Hello WHPratt. Thanks for your comments at Talk:Jim Butterfield. You may be pleased to learn that I've rewritten the entire article, in the process significantly expanding it with material from further sources. (The publications list still needs to be checked and corrected, as I believe it contains a number of errors.) I'm currently trying to source a freely licensed photo for use in the new article. —Psychonaut (talk) 17:57, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

A very nice rewrite! I didn't know much about Butterfield, but did read his articles in most of the Commodore-oriented magazines of that period, and I would attest that he was regarded as the authority on these. I recall that he did pose with other programmers in some full-page adverts for WordPro and SpellPro, and I'd think that these photographs would be legal to reproduce. You might also consider frame grabs from his numerous videos. WHPratt (talk) 20:21, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Unfortunately, the ads and videos you refer to are still under copyright, and so can't be used on Wikipedia except under a claim of fair use. As Butterfield is only relatively recently deceased, I think it's better to find a rights holder who's willing to license a Butterfield portrait as free content. I've already got some leads which I'm following up. —Psychonaut (talk) 21:32, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
OK, done. Some lovely freely licensed photos are now in the article and on Commons. —Psychonaut (talk) 12:38, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

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Titius-Bode Talk Ideas[edit]

I like what you added to the talk page about Chiron and Neptune fitting the general pattern at half-intervals; did you notice it yourself? I haven't seen it noted anywhere else, and it's an interesting observation.

Following the idea, 2004 XR190 is at a half interval after Neptune at 57.71 AU, close to the predicted 58 AU, and Eris is +.07 off from the predicted quarter interval after that, 76.6 AU. you could divide forever though. - Milkbutcher (talk)

Thanks. It's always nice when somebody notices something like that. I'd read of the half-interval idea (to explain Neptune's and Pluto's distances) long ago (in some short nonfiction piece in a sf magazine, I think), but remembered it only when Chiron was discovered and seemed to fit into it. Probably not enough to support the theory, but keep trying! WHPratt (talk) 02:09, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for responding and letting me know; I can credit you for noticing more than just Neptune and Pluto fit P: I find it a pretty compelling addition to the theory myself, even if there's many outliers and counting. Perhaps not as an explanation of solar system formation, but of something noteworthy, like planetary resonances. and at very least it extends the consistency of the theory to counter the initial claim that discredited it Milkbutcher (talk) 01:45, 13 July 2017 (UTC)