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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Louie Lee flicks his shooter at a marble during the Mesa County Finals marbles tournament last weekend at Lincoln Park. Lee was one of several children trying to qualify for the national marbles tournament in June in Wildwood, New Jersey.

MASTERING MARBLES

Young mibsters teaching new generation about game

It’s a game for children. A game from a bygone time.
I have a vague recollection of marbles from my kidhood. But not much. I do remember playing marbles, flicking a pretty multicolored sphere, slamming into another one. I collected them and carried them in a handy little bag. My more demented friends, and yes, me, even pelted each other with small marbles, usually in the back.
It wasn’t as dangerous as a BB gun fight or running with scissors, but I think we were lucky no one lost an eye.
Back then, and the generation before mine, the term losing your marbles meant something entirely different than it does now.


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