Stan Riddle – 1927 – Feb 12, 2000
Assembly #112 founder and first President, Stan Riddle, was born in Texas in 1927 and migrated to California in 1954. Although he was a chemist by training and worked for many years as such for Chevron, he was also a sportscaster for years at radio station KWUN and also worked for a while at television Channel 42. In fact, he was once offered a job on network radio but turned it down because he felt a long move would disrupt his family.
Performing magic for years before any of us knew him, he was already a member of the Society of American Magicians when he published the classified ad that caused the birth of our assembly.
Loren Lind said, "It was an exciting evening when he introduced the Society of American Magicians to those who answered his classified ad in the Contra Costa Times inviting all interested in magic to a meeting in one of the Concord churches.
"It was the second or third meeting that we signed the applications and requested a Charter for the Concord 'Mount Diablo' Assembly. The Charter was dated November 8, 1975."
Besides forming our assembly, he served as our first president, and furnished our first meeting place.
His strength as a magician was his desire to teach and encourage. There was hardly a performer among the members of our assembly in the first couple of years who was not encouraged by Stan, and he was willing to teach anyone who was willing to learn.