Full Name: Mark Donaldson
Date of birth: April 18, 1963
Birth Place: Minnesota, USA
Children: 1 son
Occupation: President of a company that services the natural gas industry
How I Started in Backgammon: A friend and I went out for a beer after a round of golf and found two people playing this funny little game with checkers and dice. One of them (Ray Bills) was so inviting and hospitable and allowed us to join the game… thousands of dollars (i.e. of tuition) and 18 years later Ray is still winning… but that may change soon!
Backgammon Nickname: Tuttle
Current Skill level: Advanced
Playing Backgammon live since: 1991? I think
Favorite Tournament Venue: Midwest Backgammon Championship, Wisconsin State B C, Only went once, but loved the California State Championship
– 1st 2006 Midwest Backgammon Championship
– 1st 2007 Las Vegas Open (Intermediate
– 1st 2007 Midwest Backgammon Championship – Open
– 1st 2007 Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship –
Other important finishes: Elayne and I beat Carter!
Book I have written: No book, but I have a lot of material for one.
Favorite Backgammon book(s): Backgammon by Paul Magriel, Backgammon Boot Camp by Walter Trice, Modern Backgammon by Bill Robertie, Backgammon Praxis by Marty Storer
Favorite Music: Anything but Rap and twangy Country Music
Favorite Film(s): Brazil, Central Station, Cinema Paradiso, Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Food: A good steak with a great bottle of wine would be my last request.
Other Interests & Hobbies: Golf, Travel, Rare Book and Poster collecting, Sailing
Person I’d like most to meet: Ayn Rand or Milton Friedman (i.e. if I could travel in time) or if not, Terry Gilliam or Clint Eastwood
Favorite Celebrity: Tom Hanks or Natalie Portman
If I could change anything in the world, I would…: Free the world from most Government controls and create an environment of personal, political, and economic freedom.
If I could change anything in the Backgammon world, I would…: Create a Ryder Cup type tournament series that would culminate in the World Cup Backgammon Championship!
Additional comments: Read the Book “Atlas Shrugged” for a prescient drama which incredibly parallels the exact issues of our time!