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JAM
04-26-2008, 03:52 AM
I met Gerry Watson for the first time on the IPT tournament trail, but Keith and all the other players are very familiar with Gerry. He had hailed from Canada and is a well-known trick shot artist, and also had personality to boot, a very charismatic man. I liked him right from the get-go.

I still have Gerry's colorful business card he gave to me. He labeled himself as "Canada's Premier Entertainer" and has an incredibly cool pool website: http://www.gerrywatson.com

His accomplishments read likes a Who's Who in Pool: At 12, Gerry Watson began playing pool at a neighbor's home; at 15, he was the top player in Cornwall in both snooker and pool. He is a 3-time Canadian Open Champion in 8-Ball (1983), 9-Ball (1993 and 1996). In 1983, he began the Gerry Watson Pool Show; he has since done 3000 shows, where he does trick shots, difficult shots, and tell jokes. He has produced 3 home videos (VHS); his newest video is on DVD, "Graduation Class" (internationalpooltour.com). He has a book titled 101 Big Pool Shots: The Pool Player's Guide To Excellence (nextag.com). That book complements, according to Hotshots Canada, "Graduation Class," which is actually 2 DVDs in 1.

Why Manila?

According to a recent article: It's complicated, Gerry Watson says of his move.

One, his older brother Pat, who lives in Manila, has been telling him about heaven, saying, "This is a heckuva pool area, you outta think about coming over here." So, finally, he is. I'm not getting any younger, he says.

Two, Gerry Watson believes in his heart that Manila is "the heart of the pool world." It is, Gerry, it is!

Three, he will be close to some billiard hotspots: Japan, China, Korea. Don't miss out Singapore and Hong Kong.

Four, pool was consuming him and did not allow for personal growth. He hopes the new scenery will inspire new trick shots and another book. "It's all geometry, and you never know when it's going to come to you," he says.

Five, "the game is not on an upswing" in North America. The geography is affecting the geometry badly.

I'm wishing Gerry Watson the very best in Philippines. :)

Here is a picture I took of Gerry Watson, shown here with Keith McCready and Jose Parica, at the IPT event in Las Vegas. I kind of like the guy. He sure has accomplished a lot in pool.

JAM

bandido
04-26-2008, 04:23 AM
Thank you for the info JAM. It's been 11 years since I've been in the USA so my recollection is quite foggy. He looks like somebody I've met and interacted with before. Do you have any idea if he's also referred to as "the Ghost"?

I'm sure he'll get assistance here for whatever he'll need help with. It's just the nature of the Pinoy.

When will you come visit us JAM? I'm sure that you'll be surprised when Keith recognizes me. A little hint for him may help. Tell him I'm the guy who walked in (Keith was playing on the table next to the entrance) with Efren and Rudolpho at Aloha Billiards in Cathedral City. IIRC Ted Harris, Keith and the owner of the place was just chatting while playing. Somehow I can't remember the owner's name and all I can picture in my mind is his 10-gallon, thick mustache and puppy dog eyes.

miramachine
04-26-2008, 04:41 AM
Yes that sure is him, he us called the Ghost.

JAM
04-26-2008, 06:35 AM
Thank you for the info JAM. It's been 11 years since I've been in the USA so my recollection is quite foggy. He looks like somebody I've met and interacted with before. Do you have any idea if he's also referred to as "the Ghost"?

I'm sure he'll get assistance here for whatever he'll need help with. It's just the nature of the Pinoy.

When will you come visit us JAM? I'm sure that you'll be surprised when Keith recognizes me. A little hint for him may help. Tell him I'm the guy who walked in (Keith was playing on the table next to the entrance) with Efren and Rudolpho at Aloha Billiards in Cathedral City. IIRC Ted Harris, Keith and the owner of the place was just chatting while playing. Somehow I can't remember the owner's name and all I can picture in my mind is his 10-gallon, thick mustache and puppy dog eyes.

Yes. As Miramachine said, he is known as "The Ghost."

Canada's loss will be Philippines gain. He is really an excellent representative of pool, and I am positive that he's going to be very happy in Philippines.

I will have to ask Keith if he remembers you. He does have an incredible memory for action games in his lifetime. He can remember a certain shot, the score, and the amount of monies played for! :D

JAM