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Hal Houle - 10-31-2014, 09:53 AM

Like him or not, Hal Houle has been one of AZ Billiards most famous posters. Hal's contribution to the pool discussions on aiming is unequaled in any forum. He has influenced pool players for decades with his many aiming systems, including CTE (Center-to-edge) for which he has essentially built a lasting legacy.

Instructors teach various forms of his aiming systems throughout the world.

Hal Houle (rhymes with pool) gave his knowledge free of charge and welcomed anyone to call him at any time to learn more about his aiming systems. He also enjoyed keeping tabs on the various players and the members of AzBilliards. I personally enjoyed his stories of his own personal life the most and called him many times just to have him open one of the windows of his life.

Yes, I believe Hal deserves to be in the AzB Hall of Fame.

Thank you Hal for sharing your life's stories with me. I am honored to have known you and you will never be forgotten.

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10-31-2014, 09:58 AM

Hal Houle was certainly a character, and very knowledgeable about pool in general, and aiming in particular. I enjoyed meeting him personally in 2007, and he helped influence how I teach aiming. RIP Mr. Houle!

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10-31-2014, 10:00 AM

Thanks for posting this Joey.

Hal Houle was a great man that changed the way I see the game of pool. Hal helped so many people over the years never asking for a dime for his time. The man genuinely wanted to share his knowledge with as many people as he could and did it for free.

Hal certainly has earned his place in the Hall of Fame.
  
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10-31-2014, 10:11 AM

Thanks....I was not acquainted with his story/


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10-31-2014, 11:17 AM

I bought www.halhoule.com and it is intended to be a tribute to the man who generated more interest in how to aim at pool than any other person ever.

Hal spent the latter part of his life helping players learn to see the shot better all for free. And there can be no denying the amount of traffic the discussion of Hal's methdos brought to AZB so for those two reasons he deserves to be in the AZB Hall of Fame. And in the BCA Hall of Fame as well IMO.


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11-02-2014, 12:26 AM

Hal's legacy will continue to grow as he generously affected so many players. I relish the time I was able to spend with him prior to CTE and envy those of you who able to spend so much time with him after he moved back East. In future years I suspect he will assume almost legendary status.

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01-27-2015, 01:08 PM

I think I remember him..not sure. Was he about 5'4", looked like maybe Italian or Greek?
When I was stationed in Alameda,Ca. in the 60's, I played at a pool hall near the base that was run by the guy I described above. Friendly,outgoing, good shooter. RIP if this was he.


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I think I remember him..not sure. Was he about 5'4", looked like maybe Italian or Greek?
When I was stationed in Alameda,Ca. in the 60's, I played at a pool hall near the base that was run by the guy I described above. Friendly,outgoing, good shooter. RIP if this was he.
I believe Hal was rather tall if I am not mistaken, based upon what Smorgass Bored told me years ago.

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