On May 19, 1943, Joe Holmquist out shot a field of eight district marble champions to become the Tacoma grade school marble champion. Joe, a student at Edison school, won the crown and a $25 war bond in a title competition held in the Lincoln Bowl.
On the same day, Winston Churchill addressed the U.S. Congress in Washington DC and later that evening he and FDR set the date for the invasion of Europe. The bloodiest days of World War Two were just ahead and at Fort Lewis waves of young men were preparing for D Day, Dwight Eisenhower had departed the base to command the invasion and Joe was shooting the eyes out of the marble ring. Sometimes the most innocent photographs say so much about their time, about the determination of the moment and about the games we play with worlds and marbles.