The raid at the rack - article

xianmacx

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Article is from 1970. I don't see a name but I assume this was the Rack?
 

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Truman Hogue once told me he was there when they raided the place, was right next to Cornbread when they told everyone to empty out their pockets, I was in and out of the Rack many times in my younger days, saw plenty of action but missed the raid.
 

xianmacx

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Just found the Raid at the Jansco Showbar! Incredible the archive of newspapers.
 

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Jansco and Johnston City...
 

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I was in Junior High at the time and lived in Ferndale, Michigan when that happened. The same night or at about the same time, there was a raid at a pinball place on 9 mile road in Ferndale. I was a bit young to be able to hang at the pinball place but was able to get inside occasionally. There was a lot of weed and other drugs changing hands there. Do not know if it is related to the raid at the rack but probably the same characters were frequent visitors at both establishments. While I was not there at the Ferndale raid, I remember that it was very violent and many junior high and high school students were taken into custody, some with injuries from resisting arrest.
 

Keith E.

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I was in Junior High at the time and lived in Ferndale, Michigan when that happened. The same night or at about the same time, there was a raid at a pinball place on 9 mile road in Ferndale. I was a bit young to be able to hang at the pinball place but was able to get inside occasionally. There was a lot of weed and other drugs changing hands there. Do not know if it is related to the raid at the rack but probably the same characters were frequent visitors at both establishments. While I was not there at the Ferndale raid, I remember that it was very violent and many junior high and high school students were taken into custody, some with injuries from resisting arrest.

Crazy pinballers! 😁

Keith
 

JAM

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JAM, I found a few articles with Keith.
I found a little color on that article. Here's a copy-and-paste of what Keith had to say about winning:
I remember the cuestick getting stolen vividly. I remember Steve the Whale very well, and he did take the cue. He almost killed me in New York the way he drives in and out of traffic, going 60, 70, 80 miles an hour, worst than any cab driver ever thought about going in New York. And if you know how the cab drivers are, you know what I'm talking about. They are insane.

Gary and I go way back, besides that tournament. I'm not going to get into the perpendiculars, but people were talking about I might have a hard time cashing my check. Gary took me right to the bank. I didn't have any ID, and Toupee Jay was staking me, so I made arrangements for Toupee to get his end and I got my monies right there, which was cool.

But Jay was in on the party afterwards, pretty hefty bar bill. After I won, I announced to the people in the arena, "The drinks are on me." So everybody piled over and drank until two o'clock in the morning. There was a golf tournament going on at that time as well. I was sitting with Jody Mudd, who I followed on the circuit with my friend from California, and met some other nice people there as well, Freddy Couples and Tom Lehman. I also got the privilege to party with John Fogerty who was playing across the street.

I have to say that was probably one of the most exciting times that I've had playing in a pool tournament. I always liked that tournament. Thanks for the memories.


Here is what Jay Helfert remembers too: The bar tab for that after party was $600 - on my credit card, big guy! I was kind of taken by surprise on that one, but I was so thrilled you won the tournament I just forgot about it. When you returned home, minus my Szamboti, that was when I really did get pissed. Not at you but at this Whale guy who I didn't even know. I wanted to hop the next plane and go looking for him. Fortunately Brooklyn Butch took care of all that.

About Mike Lebron, here's a copy-and-paste from me about him:
When the concept of the International Pool Tour (IPT) came to the fore, it was announced by saying they would hand-pick 200 players who e-mailed them their contact information as well as a description of their pool-playing history.

A controversy erupted by many claiming that this was an unfair selection method by the IPT because some pool players don't have use the Internet or a computer. Mike LeBron was one of these players who felt he might miss out on this opportunity since he didn't know how to use the computer.

Seeing Mike's disappointment, I offered to help. I filled out the IPT form, gave them all of Mike's pertinent pool data, and e-mailed it to the IPT admissions office ASAP, trying not to miss the deadline. Lo and behold, Mike was one of the "lucky" 200 IPT members to be initially selected.

When we were at the Skins Billiards Championship in Atlantic City a while back, Mike LeBron was on site. He knew everybody at the casinos, it seemed. The man had clout. He got me and mine into a private club where they had free buffet and fine spirits. He doesn't forget his friends.

The oldest player to ever win the U.S. Open at 54 years of age, Mike LeBron shows it's never too late to claim a victory.


Photo of Keith accepting the $25,000 winnings and photo of Mike Lebron I took at the U.S. Open in 2003.
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logical

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Am I the only one worried about the mercury poisoning?
50 years later, unlike The Rack, heavy metals in fish from The Great Lakes is still an issue.

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