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baby huey

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Mamie Van Doren, really Mary? Now we're talking BEAU-TIF-UL. They would have made a fine looking couple.
 

Frank Almanza

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erThis thread covers all kinds of stories of yesteryear LA. We don't see too many "Stars" around the pool world lately except for maybe a little from Joe Rogin. But a few years (20 years ago) back Keifer Sutherland was staking someone at Hard Times LA for 5K. I remember seeing him in the bleachers and thinking wow how'd this happen.
Keifer was staking MORRO against Kim Davenport for 5k and I believe Kim won.
 

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When I interviewed Norm “Farmer” Webber he told this story:

An early exhibition poster with Norm in the background setting up a shot, and baseball star Bo Belinsky in the foreground.


“Belinsky was a half-assed pool player and evidently I had gone through Trenton, New Jersey where he came from when he was a kid and I had robbed him. Then I ran into him in Vegas, and he talked me into going to LA and living in his spot and hustling all of these places that had robbed him, as a ball player. He got a picture taken of Dean Chance, himself and me in the middle with an LA Angels catcher’s outfit on, and it said Bo Belinskey, and Red Saxby, scrub catcher and Dean Chance. So when I’d go into these joints with him, and they’d accuse him of bringing in a hustler, he’d whip out the photo and say, ‘Hell no, that’s our scrub catcher!’ They’d be sitting at the bar betting twenty a game on me playing 8-Ball, and I’d be playing for ten or something, and they’re betting all they can bet! We wound up going to every gin mill that had a table in LA. I was there for six months; it almost broke up my family. I’ll never forget it.
 

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Not to go too far off topic, but, New England had a, 'Golden Arm' player for artistic, mostly 3C in George Rippe!

We were pretty good friends.

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Big hulk of a guy, also a very nice man.

He passed away about 10 years ago.
 

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Not to go too far off topic, but, New England had a, 'Golden Arm' player for artistic, mostly 3C in George Rippe!

We were pretty good friends.

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Big hulk of a guy, also a very nice man.

He passed away about 10 years ago.
I met him — he owned a room in Lawrence I believe. Monster stroke and a mentor to many players from the area. The neighborhood got a little rough in later years. That kept me away at the end.
 
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