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Ed Lorenz, "Best Restaurant Flyer in America"

Ed LorenzEd Lorenz and I first met in 1988 when I asked him to place an entry into my loft for the UA race. However, it wasn’t until the last several years that we have become good friends. I have met others with great race records, and the majority of them have great airlines or send a lot of pigeons to every race. Yet, when discussing breeding and racing techniques with them, they rarely impress me with their knowledge.

As many as 15 years back and long before Ed and I became good friends, I wrote an article in which I included my impression of Ed based on that one visit. In that article, the word that I used was probability. Ed is constantly playing the percentages and he does so better than anyone else! I have had the opportunity to watch Ed play Black Jack at the tables in Vegas several times, and he always plays the percentages and uses great restraint.

By nature, Ed is a reserved guy. He only shares his opinions with his closest friends; when he finally does, what he has to say is both surprising and refreshing. Where others make this a complicated game, he keeps it simple. Well, simple is not exactly true. Ed doesn’t waste effort, and it makes everything he does look simple. The word that comes to mind is efficient. Ed is extremely efficient! Where others are finding things that need to be done, he is constantly eliminating the meaningless.

To be successful, one has to view this as an analytical game. There is a tremendous amount of luck involved in the short run, and a tremendous amount of skill involved in the long run. Those with the best analytical skill can see the small differences, and those differences make the big differences over time! When I am talking to Ed, he always impresses me with the level of detail that he has put into his thinking.

Ed doesn’t play a lot of the system games, and it sometimes hurts him in the shorter young-bird races. Yet, when it comes to the longer 300-plus-mile races, he is almost unstoppable. In my opinion, throughout the country, there are only a couple of guys that are capable of placing in the top ten every week. For years, Ed has proven that he is one of them.

When talking with other fanciers, it is always surprising to me exactly how many of them are willing to “chuck” old birds. The declining number of fanciers in old birds is a great example of what I am talking about. Limits are set so high that many fanciers are far too exposed during the young-bird races. All it takes these days is two bad races during young birds, and most guys are out of the sport. Ed and I talk about this all the time, and it is a source of frustration for both of us.

Ed is one of the few guys left in the sport that realizes that in importance old birds must come before young birds! In the overall scheme of things, young bird is a crapshoot, and the results of the young bird races shouldn’t be the basis for the breeding program.

Ed is a fascinating guy and my respect for him has grown with every conversation. It is easy to see why he is one of the top, if not the top fancier in America.