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BillPorter
05-08-2006, 05:00 PM
Can you name these three people? At least two of them were pretty strong pool players. Hint: The picture was taken in the early 1980s.

JG-in-KY
05-08-2006, 05:52 PM
Dick Lane is the only one I recognize.

Njhustler1
05-08-2006, 06:00 PM
Aren't they the founders of Microsoft?

BillPorter
05-08-2006, 06:19 PM
Aren't they the founders of Microsoft?
JG-in_KY was correct about Dick Lane, he's the one on the right. Dickie is pretty smart, but he didn't found Microsoft. I think that might have been Paul Allen and Bill Gates?

kamasutraguru
05-08-2006, 06:23 PM
I don't know who they are, but cuz on the left is wasted.

BillPorter
05-08-2006, 06:24 PM
I don't know who they are, but cuz on the left is wasted.
Can't argue with that!

Nostroke
05-08-2006, 06:26 PM
I don't know who they are, but cuz on the left is wasted.


The guy in the middle doesn't look real rock solid either.

BillPorter
05-08-2006, 06:28 PM
The guy in the middle doesn't look real rock solid either.
Sad to say that he died a few months after the photo was taken.

Titleist04
05-08-2006, 06:28 PM
Is one of them nick varner or frank thompson?

BillPorter
05-08-2006, 06:33 PM
Is one of them nick varner or frank thompson?
Wow, you just about won the prize. Frank Thompson is correct!!! The middle one, of course.

Titleist04
05-08-2006, 06:40 PM
it wasn't that hard all that you had to do was read the trophy in the pic. But what is the prize that i just one

BillPorter
05-08-2006, 06:43 PM
it wasn't that hard all that you had to do was read the trophy in the pic. But what is the prize that i just one
Shoot, I guess I shouldn't have used Focus Magic to sharpen the details of that photo!:)

As for the prize, how about my eternal admiration?:D

BillPorter
05-08-2006, 06:56 PM
Thanks to all who replied to my original post! I can now correctly caption this photo when I put it up in a gallery on Smugmug.

sjm
05-08-2006, 06:56 PM
On the left: This is a bit of a stab in the dark, but it looks a lot like Pete Balner of Palmer Cues who was also a tournament director back then. At one point in the late 1970's, he was tournament director for the PPPA.

In the Middle: Frank Thompson, because he's holding a plaque that say "Congratulations Frank Thompson". Nasty trick if it's not him.

On the Right: Dick Lane, in his early thirties, I'd guess.

BillPorter
05-08-2006, 07:13 PM
On the left: This is a bit of a stab in the dark, but it looks a lot like Pete Balner of Palmer Cues who was also a tournament director back then. At one point in the late 1970's, he was tournament director for the PPPA.

In the Middle: Frank Thompson, because he's holding a plaque that say "Congratulations Frank Thompson". Nasty trick if it's not him.

On the Right: Dick Lane, in his early thirties, I'd guess.
Right, that's Dick on the right. And I stupidly forgot to blur the plaque that shows Frank's name. I was just told by a good source that the guy on the left is Steve Puckett and that he is related to the old road player, U.J. Puckett. Thanks for the guess!

pineknot
05-08-2006, 08:32 PM
Sad to say that he died a few months after the photo was taken.

What happened to him?