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Monday, October 24, 2016
  • Mark Forsyth

    Jackie Gleason would be preferable to Christie.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      And, it was rumored that Gleason was an excellent pool player as well.

      • Mark Forsyth

        That was no rumor, it was a fact.Gleason didn’t get the part of Minnesota Fats by accident.M,Fats in real life used to frequently play pool with the late Wimpy Lassiter of Elizabeth City,N.C. When I was a kid Lassiter used to come to Norfolk,Va. to play in pool tournaments.

        • Michael Kollmorgen


          This is a very nice bit of history.

          Those days were the “golden days” of pool. It’s a shame most of the pool halls are gone:(

          Thanks for the info:)

          • Mark Forsyth

            I have been away from Norfolk for many years so I don’t know what the deal is with those pool halls there.Unfortunately I have not been able to remember the name of the hall or the Owner it was named for where Fats and Lassiter played.It was located in the Norview Five Points area of town and was quite classy.When I was in my late twenties,I and a few guys had just come from a wedding reception and were dressed to the nines when we paid a visit to the pool hall in question.The owner was there and most hospitable.We ordered up a few rounds of drinks and the owner opened up the ‘private” parlour for our pool playing pleasure. The name is driving me nuts.I’m going to look it up and get back to you.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            Thank you very much. But, you don’t need to go through all the trouble. In all the major cities, there usually always was a good high-quality game going on during the weekends.

            I remember downtown Cleveland Ohio, there used to be quite a few Pool Halls. And, there was quite a few all over the place. But, no longer. The ones that are open have become very expensive to play in. And, I love to play the game in all its various forms.

            Not bragging, but, I even have a $600 stick I rarely use anymore.

            It’s a real shame there aren’t as many as there used to be. Factually, even if you find one that is open, you’re lucky these days.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Yeah,I’m inclined to think that you’d have to go slumming in most cases.Those pool halls of old were usually just one step removed from houses of ill repute in polite society.Sometimes the scene of dirty deals done dirt cheap despite some of them being more upscale with unspoken codes of behavior.
            Although I was unable to retrieve the name of the place I was thinking about[Lassiter played there in his later years now and then] the place he played in Norfolk when he was in his prime was called St.Elmo’s. I found a little bit about Luther “Wimpy”Lassiter with photo included at

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            Those old pool halls were drab, dirty and houses of ill repute. No doubt about that.

            BUT, that was the “in place” to be if you wanted to experience the “real” side of a city. And, in those types of places I always had the most fun and enjoyment.

            Hell, after 2 in the mornings on a Friday or Saturday it wasn’t unusual for me to go into the afterhour joins. Had to hang your gun on the wall as you went in. I never had one though.

            Cleveland gutted them all out probably around 30 years ago. The city’s never been the same, seem like it’s lost its soul. Same thing happened down here in Canton Ohio.

            Tell ya, I’ve never had any problem in them types of places. I did have some in suburban locations though. White trash suburbanite punks can’t handle the real street.

            You got to be street smart and keep your wits about you when you go into them sort of places. Some guys got in big trouble just by being stupid.

            Back in those days there was a certain type of behavior which had its own type of code you lived by. I suppose it was mafia-ish which I always loved. You respected people and in return they respected you.

            Today, people just don’t have any honor. That’s why there’s so much trouble.

  • ObozoMustGo

    And now…. The REAL Cartoon Of The Day!

    This picture says it all…………….

    Have a nice day!

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