The North American Tiddlywinks Association|
T i d d l y w i n k s !
Severin was the founder of the Cornell team in 1966 and is regarded as the forefather of American winks. In the Fall of 1965 he was playing winks using winks from Trix cereal boxes ("Trix are for kids!"). In looking for competition, he discovered that Harvard was playing winks, and signed up for a lifetime of winking one of his high school friends, Ferd, who lived in the well-known Bexley Hall at MIT, just down the road from Hahvahd. While other teams often dominated, Sev claimed a number of early NATwA and World Singles and Pairs titles... after a stint in Yunanistani Hududu in Turkey where he was an emissary for winks, leaving a mat and winks for the other inmates. After Cornell he formed teams such as Rivendell with young winkers from the school where he was teaching mathematics. Later he was a disciple of Wisdom's Goldenrod while teaching high school mathematics at Ithaca High School... there encouraging several generations of new winkers to enter the fray. Severin was also key to the formation of noncollegiate teams such as Renaissance in the late 1970s. Now residing in Valois NY on the banks of one of the Finger Lakes, Severin continues along his beaten path, and continues to evangelize the ways of winks with his Ithaca High School students.