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Looking Back: Pool
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 8 May 1999
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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It was an extremely hot day in July of 1944 and I was working the afternoon shift at Morris' Cigar Store with the proprietor.

"Rube" had just asked me to sweep the floor out front, fill the "Coke" cooler and attend to reserving the daily newspapers. This was a task Al Gleason and I did for customers who had us lay them away until they picked them up after completing their day's work.

I was carrying out my duties when two young women, unknown to us, walked in and asked if they could play a couple of games of "snooker".

This was extremely out of the ordinary; however Rube replied "why yes, but just wait a few moments out here while I have "Jack" clean off a table for you."

Both he and I went to the poolroom where there were three tables. Two faced north and south and one at the back ran east and west. As it happened, the first table as you entered the pool room was vacant.

There were probably eight or ten fellows in the back end and Morris told them that two ladies were about to come in and play a couple of games and he did not want to hear any bad language coming out of any of the guys.

I racked up the balls and set up the table for the ladies and "Rube" informed them that a table was now vacant for them.

The guys were chuckling at the thought of what a joke this would be; two women playing a man's' game.

The ladies started their game and in less than five minutes not only did the fellows stop snickering but the players on the other two tables stopped their game to watch these two wizards!

It was approximately 30 minutes that the women played with skill that held the spectators in awe and who actually showed signs of disappointment when the ladies hung up their cues.

In those days it cost one cent a minute to use the pool tables but when they came out to the front to pay their bill, Morris told them there would be no charge since they entertained us with their skill and pleasant company.

The boss had a little chat with them before their departure and learned that they had a table in their recreation room in their home in Windsor. It was commonplace for them to challenge each other to a game.

"Our father is a professional billiard player and he has been teaching us the ropes" said the elder of the two.

"Come back again" Morris said as they exited the front door.

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Looking Back: Pool