In my letter to John McAssey, sent to Mac July 2003, July 2004, June 2007,
nominating Len to the RHOF I said: "As a judge at the 1977 National Amateur,
learning that after his vehicle broke down, Len 'hitch-hiked' from Seattle to the
trial at the Richard I. Bong Recreational Area, Burlington, WI. with his qualified
dog - FC-AFC Penny Oaks Flint in tow along with baggage. This got my attention".
Len and his dog completed 7 creditable series in that National.
This desire to "over achieve" is Len's legacy, not to short change the great dogs
and bitches he has trained. Trained mostly by himself. Trained by unorthodox
solitary methods that were based on knowing dogs, dedication and consistency.
The results speak for themselves. Titled dogs:
Penny Oaks Flint, Super Khomeini, Chena River No Surprise*, Chena River Tug",
Chena River Surprise", Chena River Yasser Leroy, Chena River Chavez**, Chena
River Ripple, Chena River Big Mac.
* These female labs may go down in history as some, if not the most, prolific
producers paired to any number of sires and have recorded an impressive
record of All-Age points - FC-AFC CHENA RIVER NO SURPRISE LF 195 AA
POINTS; FC-AFC CHENA RIVER SURPRISE LF 66 AA POINTS; FC-AFC CHENA
RIVER TUG LF 51 AA POINTS.
** CHENA RIVER CHAVEZ LM has established an outstanding record as a pre-
Roy McFall invited me to judge the Anchorage Trial after the 1977 National
Amateur. Roy told me to arrive a couple of days early ... that Len would take
me Salmon fishing. Fishing we went, down to Silver Salmon Creek on the Kenai
Peninsula ... A Once in a LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!
William D. Connor