Is there seriously only 1 pic of George?

johnnysd

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I think I have only seen 1 picture of Balabushka ever. I did a search and the usual one is the only one you see. Is there seriously only the one picture of him out there?
 

Duane Remick

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I think I have only seen 1 picture of Balabushka ever. I did a search and the usual one is the only one you see. Is there seriously only the one picture of him out there?

maybe look in the billiard encyclopedia?
 

MattPoland

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We are up to two...



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johnnysd

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Nice. My dad knew him actually pretty well. Offered my dad a cue after he did George a favor (no idea what) and my dad turned it down because he didnt play. Told me when I really got into pool during college.
 
Nice. My dad knew him actually pretty well. Offered my dad a cue after he did George a favor (no idea what) and my dad turned it down because he didnt play. Told me when I really got into pool during college.

Cool story. Sorry to hear that your Dad turned down that offer. I love that picture of him leaning up against the table. Very cool. I am sure that his relatives would probably have more pics of him, but maybe do not want to make them public.

Maybe he was just a very private type of person, and did not like getting his picture taken very often.
 

mikemosconi

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Cool story. Sorry to hear that your Dad turned down that offer. I love that picture of him leaning up against the table. Very cool. I am sure that his relatives would probably have more pics of him, but maybe do not want to make them public.

Maybe he was just a very private type of person, and did not like getting his picture taken very often.

He was in his shop most of the time, and he was very private about what he did in there, so that explains his availability for photos. Also, his public appearances, sometimes delivering cues to pool halls- a place where cameras were rare and a place , esp in NYC area, where there were many types that did not want photos taken at all for obvious reasons.

It all seems perfectly logical to me, esp. if you understand NYC and pool halls in the 1950s, 60s, early 70s. I can remember more than once when guys would come over and grab a camera and remove film if a photo was being taken in the "wrong" place. You didn't argue!

Mob guys did not like public displays of their home address, phone numbers, photos, and no checks or credit cards.
 
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ibuycues

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Nice. My dad knew him actually pretty well. Offered my dad a cue after he did George a favor (no idea what) and my dad turned it down because he didnt play. Told me when I really got into pool during college.

Up to 3.....

Will Prout
 

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Tony_in_MD

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A lot of us were not into selfies back in the day.

Also, few people were walking around with cameras and snapping pictures, that you had to take to a film center to process.

Today, nearly everyone has a camera in their phone.

Cool story. Sorry to hear that your Dad turned down that offer. I love that picture of him leaning up against the table. Very cool. I am sure that his relatives would probably have more pics of him, but maybe do not want to make them public.

Maybe he was just a very private type of person, and did not like getting his picture taken very often.
 

Tony_in_MD

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There's that too.

He was in his shop most of the time, and he was very private about what he did in there, so that explains his availability for photos. Also, his public appearances, sometimes delivering cues to pool halls- a place where cameras where rare and a place , esp in NYC area, where there were many types that did not want photos taken at all for obvious reasons.

It all seems perfectly logical to me, esp. if you understand NYC and pool halls in the 1950s, 60s, early 70s. I can remember more than once when guys would come over and grab a camera and remove film if a photo was being taken in the "wrong" place. You didn't argue!

Mob guys did not like public displays of their home address, phone numbers, photos, and no checks or credit cards.
 

howaboutnever

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Anybody know where the poolroom that Bushka and Frank McGown owned
was located?...and what years was it open?...thanks,VR
 

alstl

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He was well known in the pool community at the time but I don't think anybody anticipated what a legend he would become and kind of took him for granted - and he died suddenly.

My guess is the family has more pictures.
 

Cornerman

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Over the years, I've received a few photos from Greg and George Balabushka (the younger). These photos say they were from Greg, but I'm pretty sure George gave them to me.
 

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ShootingHank

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Private guy and cameras were rare those days could be a big reason why.

Was he considered a small shop or was he very well known?
 
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