I guess it's understandable that not all players have knowledge of poker's history and major players, but I'm still surprised that someone involved with poker has never heard of Chip Reese.
Chip was on TV a number of times, poker just didn't get as much coverage back then as it does now. He won the first $50K WSOP Players Championship that now awards the Chip Reese trophy -- it's the event Hellmuth came in 2nd the other night.
Many top players, Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey included, consider Chip the best all around poker player that ever lived, even by today's standards. He was also by virtually all accounts, one of the nicest most stand-up guys you could ever know. He passed way too early.