I haven't talked to Fez in over a year. He was at a Veteren's home about 150 miles from El Paso and had been there for the last three years. Another friend of mine had stopped to see him a few months ago and he was barely hanging on. He was something else...we cracked many a pop together and would take him to some out of town tourneys in Texas. At 93 he still had game and played all the barbox local tourneys for something to do. He loved to sweat the action but would only bet on a few because he had been dumped so many times. What a character. Bobby Madrid still plays some across town, don't see him much. Not a lot of action around here these days, everybody is scared, wants the mortal nuts and have turned into a bunch of lamb killers. Oh well, it's probanly saved me a ton of cash.
i ran into Fez In Odessa tx way back in about 81-82. I didn't know hime and we played on the bar box. He was in a white shirt pleated slacks, wing tipp shoes and his hands shook like the wwest aTexas wind. My partner and Iwere laughing and I told him this woul be over with in an hour. He was astubborn old man and I told my partner the same thing8 hours later and finally they kicked us out fo Woddys at 3 am and dead even. I was rather happy they did at that point.
Fez walked over and shoook my hand and asked me toplay agian the next day. We agreed and met and played about 6 hours. I had him six games stuck, he ran 6 on me to get even and I said I had had enough. The old man had a twinkle in his eye and then took us out to dinner. We shared some spots and made some money and only saw him a couple of times afterwards. We talked often though.
I truely love and repspect Fez!!