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BillPorter
09-16-2013, 08:08 PM
Jimmy Moore on the left, next to him it looks like Luther Lassiter, then an unknown person, then Willie Mosconi, and U. J. Puckett on the right. Who is the guy in the middle?

http://billporter.smugmug.com/Pool/Contributed-Photos/i-9SKDRBs/1/L/20130914_142740-L.jpg

SkyscraperChris
09-16-2013, 08:21 PM
I'm pretty sure that's Barack Obama. He gave Willie the 7 out.

The Kiss
09-16-2013, 08:33 PM
Milton Berle?

Cuebuddy
09-16-2013, 08:38 PM
Cowboy Lassiter, Jimmy Puckett, Willie Moore, Luther Mosconi and the guy in the middle...IDK.
I will say its one cool pic! Thanks for posting Bill.:cool:

upindaklub
09-16-2013, 08:39 PM
Milton Berle?

That's not Milty

CJ Wiley
09-16-2013, 08:43 PM
Jimmy Moore on the left, next to him it looks like Luther Lassiter, then an unknown person, then Willie Mosconi, and U. J. Puckett on the right. Who is the guy in the middle?

http://billporter.smugmug.com/Pool/Contributed-Photos/i-9SKDRBs/1/L/20130914_142740-L.jpg

That guy was a "godfather" out of New Orleans....he came to my pool room one time with an entourage of body guards to gamble one year.....he was a friend of a book maker that hung out at my place in Dallas. He was very well regarded and highly respected from what I can remember.

Dr.DreckDonkey
09-16-2013, 09:33 PM
That is Mr. Coffee! I believe is real name is Mike Carrea. He was actually at the Texas State Open here a couple weeks back. He hasn't changed a bit since I met him some 18 years ago...

alphadog
09-16-2013, 09:36 PM
That is Mr. Coffee! I believe is real name is Mike Carrea. He was actually at the Texas State Open here a couple weeks back. He hasn't changed a bit since I met him some 18 years ago...

Mr. Coffee is right.Mike is right believe last name is incorrect.

jay helfert
09-16-2013, 11:20 PM
Mr. Coffee is right.Mike is right believe last name is incorrect.

He's got to be 90 years old and he still looks good! He's been around forever! GREAT pic by the way! All the rest of those guys are long gone. :embarrassed2:

ibuycues
09-16-2013, 11:49 PM
He's got to be 90 years old and he still looks good! He's been around forever! GREAT pic by the way! All the rest of those guys are long gone. :embarrassed2:

Looks like he is still wearing the same pair of glasses, too! :thumbup:

Will

alphadog
09-17-2013, 09:54 AM
Looks like he is still wearing the same pair of glasses, too! :thumbup:

Will

That's the difference between style and class.Style comes and goes,class remains.

Rockin' Robin
09-17-2013, 10:40 AM
Mike Varella, aka, Mr. Coffee.....that was taken in San Antonio at Galaxy Billiards. Me and 'Showboat Joe' Cromleigh were recruited to run the event. Don Hoppe was a very gracious host and provided the Legends with limo service to and from the venue.

alphadog
09-17-2013, 02:20 PM
Mike Varella, aka, Mr. Coffee.....that was taken in San Antonio at Galaxy Billiards. Me and 'Showboat Joe' Cromleigh were recruited to run the event. Don Hoppe was a very gracious host and provided the Legends with limo service to and from the venue.

Thanks for the location ,any idea of the year?
Think its Varela. I could be wrong.

Rockin' Robin
09-17-2013, 04:19 PM
Varela might be right....as to the year, I think it was 1993, the year before we kicked off the McDermott National 9-Ball Tour. We did 60 events in '94 and Galaxy Billiards hosted 2-3 a year for the duration of the tour. Always 100+ players in the 9-ball, always a great ladies event, and many great one-pocket matches for the throngs of fans.

stutz
09-17-2013, 04:29 PM
That is Mr. Coffee! I believe is real name is Mike Carrea. He was actually at the Texas State Open here a couple weeks back. He hasn't changed a bit since I met him some 18 years ago...

why you sitting on his lap?

Bigtruck
09-17-2013, 05:54 PM
Mr Coffee must be nearing 95 now. People have been saying he's 90 for several years. :D

He contacted me a few years back about doing a bar table tournament down north of San Antonio. To my knowledge it never went off. I think it was gonna be in a bowling alley.

There is no grass growing under this man.

Ray

BillPorter
09-17-2013, 05:59 PM
Mike Varella, aka, Mr. Coffee.....that was taken in San Antonio at Galaxy Billiards. Me and 'Showboat Joe' Cromleigh were recruited to run the event. Don Hoppe was a very gracious host and provided the Legends with limo service to and from the venue.

Thanks! I just put his name (and aka) under the photo in our gallery. :thumbup:

OTB
09-17-2013, 06:01 PM
That guy was a "godfather" out of New Orleans....he came to my pool room one time with an entourage of body guards to gamble one year.....he was a friend of a book maker that hung out at my place in Dallas. He was very well regarded and highly respected from what I can remember.

Ummmm.....Batter, Batter, Swing and a miss...........lol:D

CJ Wiley
09-17-2013, 06:21 PM
Ummmm.....Batter, Batter, Swing and a miss...........lol:D

You gotta admit my story was more interesting. :groucho:

Poo1h0Lic
12-23-2013, 04:39 PM
Yup find mr. coffee hanging out at the full moon saloon during tournaments. I asked him if he's ever had any problems with smoking cigarettes since i seen him smoking all the time. He looked at me with this wild look in his eyes and shouted "...what....problems?!......oooohhh noooo.... I've been smoking since WW2!"...................hes the best