Here is my RECENT first hand experience with Mike Dechaine:
I went to Providence in January to run a local tournament with Joe Tucker at Snookers. After the event, Mike Dechaine made the effort to seek me out at dinner and introduce himself. We had a short and polite conversation.
On Friday, April 18, Mike Dechaine showed up to at my place in Erie PA to play in a one day event that was to take place on Saturday. He was sociable, friendly, and cordial to the players, customers, and staff. There were instances during a couple of his matches on Saturday, under normal circumstances, could have erupted into full blown incidents. MD chose to shrug his shoulders and get on with the match. MD was not disruptive or confrontational but to the contrary, was quite accommodating.
I go to great lengths to pull my regular clientele into some level of participation in the events that I host whether it be as score-keepers, chart managers, announcers etc. I had more than 30 volunteers for this event. Their stories about the players are repeated for weeks, months, and years. Where Mike Dechaine is concerned, all the commentary is glowing.
This is last month folks!