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jay helfert
07-28-2016, 08:26 AM
For me to quit directing tournaments. I spoke with Pat Fleming sometime ago and will not be going back to the U.S. Open, unless there is an emergency of some kind. I also do not plan to go to DCC and direct the Bigfoot event again. I just don't want to work the long days anymore and feel it's time for a younger generation to take over for guys like me and Kenny Shuman and Bill Stock. We are all around 70 years old. I have been running events for well over thirty years and that's enough for me. Kenny will only be working the TV table at the Open this year.

I do plan to continue doing commentary when asked and write the occasional piece for Billiards Digest and will also endeavor to give back to the game that has been so good to me. Things like the Robles Sportsmanship Award and the BEF Foundation are high on my list, as well as up and coming young players who may need help from time to time. I want to enjoy whatever time I have left.

I love meeting fellow AZers when we cross paths and still want to make that one last road trip some day. Don't worry, you can't keep me off of AZ Billiards! :smile:

billiardthought
07-28-2016, 08:29 AM
Thanks for all you have done for the game

jalapus logan
07-28-2016, 08:32 AM
Does this mean that you will be available for some friendly, low stakes one-hole at the DCC this year? I'll tempt you with a free cocktail or two if that suits.

I've missed the DCC the last two years due to work and would love to get a chance to go for a day or two this next one.

Best,

JL

couldnthinkof01
07-28-2016, 08:46 AM
Weak, lol j/k

You have done well and I am happy you are able to do what you enjoy, your a lucky man.

Petros Andrikop
07-28-2016, 08:53 AM
Thanks for all you have done for the game

Same thing here

Tooler
07-28-2016, 09:12 AM
Come on Jay, spill the beans.

We all know your'e heading for the Poker Tour.:grin:

Dimeball
07-28-2016, 10:31 AM
For me to quit directing tournaments. I spoke with Pat Fleming sometime ago and will not be going back to the U.S. Open, unless there is an emergency of some kind. I also do not plan to go to DCC and direct the Bigfoot event again. I just don't want to work the long days anymore and feel it's time for a younger generation to take over for guys like me and Kenny Shuman and Bill Stock. We are all around 70 years old. I have been running events for well over thirty years and that's enough for me. Kenny will only be working the TV table at the Open this year.

I do plan to continue doing commentary when asked and write the occasional piece for Billiards Digest and will also endeavor to give back to the game that has been so good to me. Things like the Robles Sportsmanship Award and the BEF Foundation are high on my list, as well as up and coming young players who may need help from time to time. I want to enjoy whatever time I have left.

I love meeting fellow AZers when we cross paths and still want to make that one last road trip some day. Don't worry, you can't keep me off of AZ Billiards! :smile:
As long as you keep commentating, good for you. Great job at the US Open, I think you're the best out there!

Tom In Cincy
07-28-2016, 10:38 AM
I want to enjoy whatever time I have left.


Great job Jay, you've worked hard for a long time... it is time to enjoy.

I retired in 2011 and am enjoying the time I have left.... I'll be 70 next year and still have plans for well into my 80s+

The only thing I miss is the times when the players succeeded reaching their goals. Joy is a wonderful emotion to share.

bbb
07-28-2016, 10:40 AM
thanks for all you have given to pool jay....:thumbup:
larry

Nine ... corner
07-28-2016, 10:44 AM
Good for you, Jay. As long as you can afford to slow down then it's what you deserve so enjoy. :thumbup:

Keith E.
07-28-2016, 10:51 AM
Jay,

I appreciate everything that you've done for the game and that includes removing yourself from a bad situation when you know that it's bad.

Keith

pwd72s
07-28-2016, 11:32 AM
I'm 72. Jay, I know what you're doing and why. When we know the time ahead is short, priorities and attitudes change.

14.1 Forever
07-28-2016, 11:33 AM
For me to quit directing tournaments. I spoke with Pat Fleming sometime ago and will not be going back to the U.S. Open, unless there is an emergency of some kind. I also do not plan to go to DCC and direct the Bigfoot event again. I just don't want to work the long days anymore and feel it's time for a younger generation to take over for guys like me and Kenny Shuman and Bill Stock. We are all around 70 years old. I have been running events for well over thirty years and that's enough for me. Kenny will only be working the TV table at the Open this year.

I do plan to continue doing commentary when asked and write the occasional piece for Billiards Digest and will also endeavor to give back to the game that has been so good to me. Things like the Robles Sportsmanship Award and the BEF Foundation are high on my list, as well as up and coming young players who may need help from time to time. I want to enjoy whatever time I have left.

I love meeting fellow AZers when we cross paths and still want to make that one last road trip some day. Don't worry, you can't keep me off of AZ Billiards! :smile:

Thank You ... for what you have given to the game!!! Looking forward to your continued words of wisdom and your excellent commentary.

Relax & Enjoy!!

Johnnyt
07-28-2016, 11:45 AM
Sorry to hear you won't be working tournaments anymore, but I undertstand it. I hope you stay happy and healthy for at least 20 more years. John Terrell

PoolBum
07-28-2016, 11:55 AM
Here's hoping your next 70 years is just as eventful Jay!

12squared
07-28-2016, 01:54 PM
Thank you for your service.

Cuebuddy
07-28-2016, 01:59 PM
I have had the privilege of meeting Jay several times at the Mosconi cup. In 2012 Jay was the winner of the free mini cue give away.

Jay I sent you that cue because of your hard work and dedication to the events and the people who enjoy the game. Thanks for letting us know about your retirement, you are the man.

nine o nine
07-28-2016, 02:27 PM
Hey Jay, I only know you through your writings and commentaries but i feel as though I know you well. We're of similar ages and experiences although mine are not nearly as colorful as yours. Wish I knew you in person as I know we could be friends. Those of us in the pool world owe you a huge debt of gratitude for your contributions and character which again, in the pool world, are not always present. Mitch

GaryB
07-28-2016, 05:01 PM
You have and deserve a lot of respect.

Hope to bump into you in So. Calif. Food and drinks are on me.

Thanks for everything.

JoeyA
07-28-2016, 10:17 PM
I think this is just Jay trying to entice JoeyA back into another match of one pocket. Only time will tell.

JoeyA

For me to quit directing tournaments. I spoke with Pat Fleming sometime ago and will not be going back to the U.S. Open, unless there is an emergency of some kind. I also do not plan to go to DCC and direct the Bigfoot event again. I just don't want to work the long days anymore and feel it's time for a younger generation to take over for guys like me and Kenny Shuman and Bill Stock. We are all around 70 years old. I have been running events for well over thirty years and that's enough for me. Kenny will only be working the TV table at the Open this year.

I do plan to continue doing commentary when asked and write the occasional piece for Billiards Digest and will also endeavor to give back to the game that has been so good to me. Things like the Robles Sportsmanship Award and the BEF Foundation are high on my list, as well as up and coming young players who may need help from time to time. I want to enjoy whatever time I have left.

I love meeting fellow AZers when we cross paths and still want to make that one last road trip some day. Don't worry, you can't keep me off of AZ Billiards! :smile:

RiverCity
07-28-2016, 10:31 PM
Thanks for the memories........... :wink:

dabarbr
07-28-2016, 10:42 PM
Thanks for everything you've done for us. I'm glad to hear that you will still be doing some commentating, you're one of the best at it.
Maybe now you will have some time for our friendly one pocket match for dinner that we've talked about. Good luck in whatever you decide to do in your retirement. I'm proud to call you my friend.

JAM
07-29-2016, 03:53 AM
You *should* be out there enjoying the autumn of your life. It sounds as if -- and I may be wrong -- running tournaments is not enjoyable for you anymore.

It's good to be a commentator because your knowledge of the game and players personally will complement the video as a whole. Plus, you like doing that. It's a win-win for all.

I'm not far behind you in age, and I, too, am rethinking my lifestyle. I would like to retire and move somewhere else.

You shouldn't be doing anything that you really don't want to, so good for you to make that decision. :)

wahcheck
07-29-2016, 04:31 AM
Hi Jay:

I too want to join those thanking you for your many contributions to pool.
I am in the same boat with all you retired geriatrics and also like the idea of kicking back and enjoying my golden years. I never get tired of reading and re-reading your fine accounts of your pool histories. Thanks again!

Cornerman
07-29-2016, 08:12 AM
For me to quit directing tournaments. I spoke with Pat Fleming sometime ago and will not be going back to the U.S. Open, unless there is an emergency of some kind. I also do not plan to go to DCC and direct the Bigfoot event again. I just don't want to work the long days anymore and feel it's time for a younger generation to take over for guys like me and Kenny Shuman and Bill Stock. We are all around 70 years old. I have been running events for well over thirty years and that's enough for me. Kenny will only be working the TV table at the Open this year.

I do plan to continue doing commentary when asked and write the occasional piece for Billiards Digest and will also endeavor to give back to the game that has been so good to me. Things like the Robles Sportsmanship Award and the BEF Foundation are high on my list, as well as up and coming young players who may need help from time to time. I want to enjoy whatever time I have left.

I love meeting fellow AZers when we cross paths and still want to make that one last road trip some day. Don't worry, you can't keep me off of AZ Billiards! :smile:
You're the best, Jay! Working with you is one the highlights of my pool life!

Freddie <~~~ needs a toupee

wincardona
07-29-2016, 11:22 AM
It's sad to me to hear that you"re retiring, you make me feel old and that doesn't feel too good. We have been very friendly throughout the 50 years we have known one another and I always have felt comfortable when around you, maybe it had something to do with our ability to hang on for so many years and also the genuine concern we have for one another, you have always been a class act in every thing you have done. Enjoy the time you have left, and I lasted longer than you, i'm still not retiring, not juzt yet.

Your friend always,
Bill Incardona

Brian in VA
07-29-2016, 01:10 PM
As everyone has said, you've been one of the great voices and brains behind our sport, Jay. You deserve to do as you want and enjoy it!

Thanks for all you've done! I've always enjoyed your work behind the mic and when I've seen you at tournaments, I always know things are being run the right way.

Best wishes!

Brian in VA

JoeyA
08-07-2016, 09:10 AM
Jay,

Will you be playing in more events now that you won't be directing tournaments? If so, which ones do you expect to play in.

Do you have any thoughts or suggestions as to who will step up to the plate to fill your shoes and those of Kenny and Bill?

Wishing you all the best!

JoeyA

For me to quit directing tournaments. I spoke with Pat Fleming sometime ago and will not be going back to the U.S. Open, unless there is an emergency of some kind. I also do not plan to go to DCC and direct the Bigfoot event again. I just don't want to work the long days anymore and feel it's time for a younger generation to take over for guys like me and Kenny Shuman and Bill Stock. We are all around 70 years old. I have been running events for well over thirty years and that's enough for me. Kenny will only be working the TV table at the Open this year.

I do plan to continue doing commentary when asked and write the occasional piece for Billiards Digest and will also endeavor to give back to the game that has been so good to me. Things like the Robles Sportsmanship Award and the BEF Foundation are high on my list, as well as up and coming young players who may need help from time to time. I want to enjoy whatever time I have left.

I love meeting fellow AZers when we cross paths and still want to make that one last road trip some day. Don't worry, you can't keep me off of AZ Billiards! :smile: