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Roger Reel - 08-05-2020, 12:58 AM

I read the book and really liked it. I grew up in St Louis but left a bit before Louie was on the scene. I tried to friend the author of the book on Facebook but he hasn't responded as of yet so I'll ask this group my question.

I had a school mate named Roger Reel, who Tom Ferry and others described as Louie's long-time friend and traveling companion. But Roger was alluded to only briefly in the book as Roger the Dodger and I was surprised he wasn't mentioned more. I didn't really know Roger but always wanted to know more about his time with Louie. So here is my question: Anybody got any info on him? Thanks.
  
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08-05-2020, 02:41 AM

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I read the book and really liked it. I grew up in St Louis but left a bit before Louie was on the scene. I tried to friend the author of the book on Facebook but he hasn't responded as of yet so I'll ask this group my question.

I had a school mate named Roger Reel, who Tom Ferry and others described as Louie's long-time friend and traveling companion. But Roger was alluded to only briefly in the book as Roger the Dodger and I was surprised he wasn't mentioned more. I didn't really know Roger but always wanted to know more about his time with Louie. So here is my question: Anybody got any info on him? Thanks.
I donít have an answer for you, but Iíll ask Mark about Roger next time I see him and report back. Unless someone else beats me to it.

I was over at Markís house when he was still putting the book together and he had a TON of material to organize and sort through, so he may very well have more info about Roger and Louie that just didnít find itís way into the book.
  
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08-05-2020, 09:16 AM

I purchased a copy at Cue and Cushion a few days ago. It's a FUN and QUICK read. Very entertaining! A+


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08-05-2020, 08:34 PM

Page 113, this book, so far, is mostly about the author and not St. Louie Louie. Entertaining, but not so much about the St.


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08-06-2020, 05:17 AM

I gotta buy this book. I loved and hated Louie, all at the same time.
I was able to order it after Amazon made me jump through hurdles just to be able to buy it. They tried to stick me with extra shipping charges unless I opted out and got shipping for free. I HATE buying anything on Amazon and will NEVER get one of their cards. I do sell my book on there (kindle version), but it's virtually impossible to ever find out what is going on with my sales. Someone is buying it though as I get a royalty check every three months with zero details on sales. I'm not even sure how much I make on each sale. Jeff Bezos is a little too fckn rich for me!


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08-06-2020, 05:35 AM

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Page 113, this book, so far, is mostly about the author and not St. Louie Louie. Entertaining, but not so much about the St.

We must have different books.

Louie is a central character throughout the book. Admittedly, there are peripheral stories focused on other characters but they're used to give you a sense of the St. Louis pool scene in which Louis grew up. Anywhos, the stories, even those not focused primarily on Louie, are a great, fun read for pool players.

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08-06-2020, 04:12 PM

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We must have different books.

Louie is a central character throughout the book. Admittedly, there are peripheral stories focused on other characters but they're used to give you a sense of the St. Louis pool scene in which Louis grew up. Anywhos, the stories, even those not focused primarily on Louie, are a great, fun read for pool players.

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I met Mark and Louie in early 1990 and I'm sure Mark had plenty of his own exploits as he played quite well himself at that time. Can't wait to read the book as I'm sure these 2 had some "interesting" adventures together.


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I met Mark and Louie in early 1990 and I'm sure Mark had plenty of his own exploits as he played quite well himself at that time. Can't wait to read the book as I'm sure these 2 had some "interesting" adventures together.

It's a great read.

But if you're looking for a Boswell style biography of Louie... keep looking.

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08-07-2020, 12:29 AM

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I gotta buy this book. I loved and hated Louie, all at the same time.
I was able to order it after Amazon made me jump through hurdles just to be able to buy it. They tried to stick me with extra shipping charges unless I opted out and got shipping for free. I HATE buying anything on Amazon and will NEVER get one of their cards. I do sell my book on there (kindle version), but it's virtually impossible to ever find out what is going on with my sales. Someone is buying it though as I get a royalty check every three months with zero details on sales. I'm not even sure how much I make on each sale. Jeff Bezos is a little too fckn rich for me!
Jay, happy to see you still posting away here!

If you would not mind please tell the story about the time you and Louie came to Austin to play in he Sid Mann event at the Villa Capri. If I remember it right you spent more time over at Moyer's Austin Cue club than the actual event! Maybe you have a story about the old Texas Open too?
  
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08-07-2020, 08:31 AM

Amazon just delivered mine about 30 minutes ago. Thanks for the recommendation; I look forward to reading it.
  
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I gotta buy this book. I loved and hated Louie, all at the same time.
I was able to order it after Amazon made me jump through hurdles just to be able to buy it. They tried to stick me with extra shipping charges unless I opted out and got shipping for free. I HATE buying anything on Amazon and will NEVER get one of their cards. I do sell my book on there (kindle version), but it's virtually impossible to ever find out what is going on with my sales. Someone is buying it though as I get a royalty check every three months with zero details on sales. I'm not even sure how much I make on each sale. Jeff Bezos is a little too fckn rich for me!
Any legitimate book about Louie should have included an interview with you.
  
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Jay, happy to see you still posting away here!

If you would not mind please tell the story about the time you and Louie came to Austin to play in he Sid Mann event at the Villa Capri. If I remember it right you spent more time over at Moyer's Austin Cue club than the actual event! Maybe you have a story about the old Texas Open too?
The short version. I sent Louie airfare and we met up in Austin for the tournament, sharing a room at Sid Mann's hotel the Villa Capri, also the location of the tournament. Sid was guaranteeing 30,000 and all the top players were there. Things were going smoothly and Louie won his first two matches easily. He won't be playing until the next afternoon so we decide to take our rental car out to Moyer's where all the action is.

I just wanted to visit the place and see what was going on, but Louie being Louie he wanted to play someone, anyone! Right away after we get there guys start coming up to Louie, all of them asking for spots. I don't know any of these guys and I'm reluctant for Louie to start right out giving up the seven and eight to unknown players. Not Louie though. He is very accommodating and quickly gets into a game, giving up the seven and eight. He buries the first guy with a barrage of run outs and we win a few hundred. Good enough for me but Louie is just beginning. Over the course of the next four or five hours Louie plows through a few more wannabee hustlers, giving up increasingly large spots. By 1 AM we've won a few thou and I convince Louie it's time to get some rest.

Louie has run out of opponents and he agrees to leave with me. As we are pulling out of the parking lot here comes a big caddy and hanging out the window is Jimmy King. He's flashing a huge wad in his hands and yelling for Louie to stop. Louie starts salivating. He wants all that money. I try to convince him that we need to go back to our room now since he has some important matches later today. Louie demands that I stop and let him out. He tells me he will only play for an hour or two and get a ride back after that. I give him half the money and leave.

Naturally Louie is a no show that night. I wake up at 8 AM and still no Louie. By 10 AM I'm getting worried. Finally at about Noon a completely frazzled looking Louie drags himself inside. He has lost all the money plus whatever he could borrow there. He tells me he gave Jimmy the eight and the break - TOO MUCH to give a good player, and Louie was already tired from playing so long.

Meanwhile he has a match to play in one hour. He lays down for 30 minutes or so and I have to drag him to the bathroom to get ready to play. I walk Louie to the tournament room and he begins the match without hitting a ball. He manages to go two and out that day. We get back zero from the tournament. My share of the winnings at Moyer's is enough to pay all our expenses, but after I give Louie 200 to fly home on, I end up about even for the trip. Another lost weekend with my sweet and sour friend Louie.

I could never give up on Louie. He was so charismatic, more so than anybody ever in the entire pool world. But it was very frustrating to deal with all his eccentricities and addictions. He (and Holly) actually lived with me and my young daughter in Venice, CA for a couple of months some time after this trip to Austin. He may have played pool once or twice in all that time, as he was fighting to overcome his alcohol dependency. I would not let him leave the house without me since there was a liquor store a block down the street. He used to wait until we were all asleep and sneak out the bedroom window and go there to buy some beer. I could never win the battle to reform him in any way.


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08-07-2020, 10:53 AM

Ordered it, thanks for the heads up.


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Support books - 08-07-2020, 03:01 PM

I ordered the book too.

I have a woman that played professional pool that I know pretty well. She said the Louie Roberts was the best looking guy ever.

I guess I am not the best judge, but based on that Louie could have been a real ladies man.

I havent heard much about that.

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