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Dave Letzler '06 (also known as "David" to his family and significant other, Katherine Bram '08 of [[Brandeis University]]) is a senior residing in [[Fitch]].  He hails from Baldwin, NY, a town on Long Island.  He's a prominent member of a number of campus organizations, including [[College Bowl]], [[Williams Trivia]], [[Elizabethans]], [[Chess Club]], [[Bridge]], the [[Literary Review]], and at times the Williams [[Democrats]].  He has also been a member of [[Deviants]] for the past three years.
== College Bowl Career Highlights ==
Team captain for the past three years, Letzler has been the dominant player on the team for pop culture throughout his whole career, thus making him their best [[TRASH]] player.  He's probably been the strongest all-around literature player during that time, though [[David Rosenblum '03]] had more depth in many areas at the start of his career, and [[David Mathias '08]] has, at times, demonstrated superior breadth.  He's otherwise a solid generalist, excepting the applied sciences.
As a freshman, Letzler played in five tournaments in the 2002-2003 competition year.  The first was [[TRASH]] Regionals at BU, where he led a small team in scoring and a 4-9 record against the steep and crusty competition, correctly answering questions about the Man Show Juggies, Pussy Galore, Tiffany's appearance in Playboy, and Shaft in Africa.  He played a supporting role in Williams's 3rd-place finish in BU's [[Puppy Chow]] tournament, behind Harvard and Yale, and during the team's poor performance at [[Penn Bowl]], he managed to get a game-winning tossup on the Mustang Ranch.  He, [[Daniel Klein '06]], and [[Evan Bick '06]] each placed in the top ten in scoring at [[NAQT]] Sectionals in February, earning a Division II Nationals berth.  As Bick was unable to attend that tournament, Klein and Letzler joined captain Rosenblum at Nationals, where they came in 26th of 32 teams.
With the departure of leading scorer Rosenblum, Letzler took over effective control of the team his sophomore year.  The team only attended four tournaments, coming in a disappointing 5th at Puppy Chow, with Letzler leading the team in scoring, before having a surprising 10th-place finish in a 50-team field at that year's [[Penn Bowl]] with a short-handed team also including Klein and [[Brian Hirshman '06]], defeating [[MIT]] and [[Brandeis University]], the latter through a fortuitous sequence of events involving the double-slit experiment and Will Smith.  However, the team was steadily beaten at NAQT Regionals that year, and despite high scores from Bick, Letzler, and Klein at [[CBI]] Regionals, the team only came in third.
2004-2005 saw an upturn in the team's fortunes.  With Letzler returning as captain, the team picked up a number of committed freshmen.  Letzler, teamed with [[Brian Munroe '07]] came in fourth at Brandeis's Junior Bird, and led a team including Hirshman, [[Christopher Paci '08]], and [[Jason Kohn '08]] to a second-place finish at Harvard's COTKU Mirror.  Letzler won his first neg prize at [[TRASH]] Regionals, though he finished second in playoff scoring.  Playing with leading scorer Mathias, Munroe, and Hirshman, Letzler captained the team to a sixth-place finish at Yale's [[Bulldogs Over Broadway]], tragically forgetting John Foster Dulles's first name in a loss to [[Rutgers-Newark]], and forgetting the Ottoman Emperor Selim in a loss to [[Columbia]].  After captaining the team to a fifth-place finish at that year's [[Penn Bowl]] (after having stayed up the previous night to play [[Williams Trivia]] as the second-place remote team Penn15), a team composed of Mathias, Klein, Letzler, and Hirshman qualified for [[NAQT]] Nationals in Division I and won [[CBI]] Regionals, where Letzler placed second in scoring overall, his best individual performance to date.  His teams finished 19th of 32 at [[NAQT]] Nationals and 7th of 16 at [[CBI]] Nationals.
In 2005-2006, Letzler, with Paci and Bick, finished 4th at Brandeis's Heinrich Boll mirror, placing in the top ten in scoring.  He also captained a team including Mathias and [[Zachary Thomas '08]] to a victory at Harvard's mirror of WIT, captained a team with Thomas, Hirshman, and [[Allison Smith '07]] to victory at the MLK mirror, and one with Thomas, Paci, and Hirshman to a second-place finish at ACF Fall, in which the team beat Harvard's A team twice (their only losses in the tournament).  Most notably, he revived the team's annual TRASH tournament, [[Lemur Bowl]], in late October, which he directed and edited.  After leading Williams through Regionals in ACF and NAQT, second only to full [[Brown]] and [[Harvard]] squads in the Northeast, Letzler took Williams to their first ACF National, placing 11th, and helped capture the Undergradute title at NAQT Nationals, ending his Williams College Bowl career.
== Trivia Highlights ==
As a freshman, Letzler formed the [[Williams Trivia]] team "Mortal Kombat Intelligence Skwad," including [[Laura Effinger-Dean '06]], [[Rachel S. Selinsky '06]], [[Samuel Clapp '06]], and [[Benjamin Cohen '06]].  This team came in fifth, and won the Frosh team prize, as they did the next semester as "Mortal Kumquat," where they finished third.  Merging with remnants of the Part IV and Trotsky victors, they became "Mortal Wombat" and won the contest in January '04, running a well-received contest that May (though it was beset by some techinical problems and the need to write a last-minute Hour Bonus).  The next semester, he and the College Bowl team played as Penn15 from a freshman dorm in UPenn, along with a friend of [[Max Gutman '08]] who lived there, taking a surprise second-place finish.  The following semester, remnants of Wombat and Penn15 merged to form "Gratuitous Use of the World 'Belgium'", winners of that semester's contest.
In addition to writing roughly a third of the on-air questions used in the Mortal Wombat contest, Letzler was responsible for organizing the mini-audios of "Movie Music" and "Video Game Music" from the Wombat contest, assembled by Effinger-Dean, as well as writing the "Pi" Audio.  He was also a prime contributor to that contest's "Animation," "Music," and "76" bonuses.
For the "Belgium" contest, Letzler was the primary writer and assembler of the "Hello/Goodbye" audio and the "Just Say No" video bonus, as well as providing assembly services for a classical audio.  He was the main writer and assembler of the "Sheep" bonus as well as the helming the team effort on the "TV" super.

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