Historical article I found this morning. In it you read about Twin Galaxies earliest video game competitors who were making the scene and attracting attention in North Carolina before the "myth of Billy Mitchell" was invented in 1997. Prior to 1984, and before TG began
focusing more on it's homebase of Ottumwa, Iowa, North Carolina was where it was largely focusing its attention...and this was because of Leo Daniels, a highly skilled competitor who history and Twin Galaxies has pretty much buried, mostly because his very real history conflicts with Day's very much made up false narrative of Mitchell being "the most famous video game player in The 80s" despite him never having participating in a single legitimate competition.
There are some questions regarding the integrity of some of Daniels' scores, but no question at all that Twin Galaxies, due to the sheer amount of publicity Daniels was drawing at the time, was looking to make Daniels a "legend" at Twin Galaxies in 1982, and only reverted to the lesser known and far less accomplished Mitchell after Daniels left the scene in 1986.
Any way, this article is just another piece in a historical narrative that has never been told.