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    Evaluation: Chicago city officials set up Ping-Pong tables round Town to Be Used by Anybody

    In downtown Chicago this weekend, the Ping-Pong balls also will soon be flying. Over a hundred contestants will take up paddles in a tournament of champions, the final event of Chicago Ping-Pong 2000. It started last month when town officials installed tens of thousands of Ping-Pong tables everywhere, from sidewalks to resort lobbies to general libraries. NPR's David Nelna gets the story.

    DAVID Nelna reporting: Ping-Pong 2000 has been the brainchild of Lois Weisberg, whose commissioner of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. She states she was under a great deal of pressure this year to think of something that could rival the painted fiberglass cows that attracted countless people to Chicago last summer. One suggestion was painted aldermen, but Weisberg says she preferred an idea that was bouncing around in her head for some time. Commissioner LOIS WEISBERG (Department of Cultural Affairs) I thought,'Let us try the Ping-Pong tables. Put Ping-Pong tables within our spacious plazas, an interior of our buildings, companies, and see what happens.' If you want to find more information about ping pong table, please check out our blog:

    Nelna: Along Michigan Avenue, near the Chicago River and outside the stately old Wrigley Building, a guy and a woman gamely volley a Ping-Pong ball in a continuous breeze at a table set up on a wide sidewalk. Mr. GUY SCHAFFER (Truck Driver): '' I think in about ten years you're going to be ready for a tournament. Nelna: Guy Schaffer, who is a truck driver from Hammond, Indiana, says he and his company hadn't ever thought about playing Ping-Pong in public until they spotted this table invitingly armed with paddles and balls. Mr. SCHAFFERWe stumbled upon it, and I asked her did she want to play with a few, did she know how to perform? I used to play sometime, but never out in the general public.

    That is neat. I enjoy this. Nelna: What about playing at the end here? Mr. SCHAFFER: Oh, that's why I said the ball has, for example, got ahead of its own in this wind. It's turning. I guess if you are a skilled player, it really wouldn't matter. However, us being beginners--but this really is the Windy City, therefore I do not think there'd be a day we come down here we wouldn't be playing in the wind. Nelna: Schaffer's Ping-Pong partner is Terri Haus(ph), that owns an escort service in Nashville. She says it doesn't matter to her when it is windy. Ms. TERRI HAUS (Escort Service Owner): As a matter of fact, it's better, actually. Nelna: What's this?

    Ms. HAUS: Because it feels so good outdoors and, you know, I do not want to sweat. I like to be cool and nice and comfy. Nelna: Playing Ping-Pong out, especially in the wind tunnels of Chicago, might not be good preparation for the big leagues. BenNisbet heads USA Table Tennis, also a host of Chicago Ping-Pong 2000. Mr. BEN NISBET (USA Table Tennis):'' It is Hard to play at the end. If you would like to play elite-level table tennis and smash the ball at a hundred miles an hour, you need basically no air flow. (Soundbite of all Ping-Pong ball being hit)Man 1: Ahhh! Person 2: Oh, that almost put an eye out. Person 3: It's only funny until somebody loses an eye.

    Woman: Oh, gee. (Soundbite of laughter)Nelna: In a sunny, glass-ceilinged courtyard in theHarold Washington Public Library, a couple of local radio disc jockeys wage a paddle battle before a wisecracking crowd. It isamong those numerous Ping-Pong tournaments that have happened in Chicago within the past couple of weeks. Bill Leff of WGN Radioended up dropping this one. Mr. BILL LEFF (WGN Radio)

    I have a Ping-Pong dining table in the cellar, and I'm the only man I knowthat does not use it to get dirty clothes and papers and materials. I actually play it all of the time. But yeah, this really is agreat idea. I mean, it blows those silly cows from the water from last year. Nelna: Others disagree. A local newspaper columnistcomplained about what he called'those dumb Ping-Pong tables.' City officials say will go to places such as youth detention centersand nursing homes. And, they say, anticipate painted Fiberglas furniture next summer on Chicago's sidewalks. David Nelna, Chicago,NPR News. For more information about ping pong table size, check out: Futonadvisors
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