Who are the 'Old Schoolers' of AZ

Fatboy

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Im probably medium school, joined in 2011
On the bubble, however your posts are excellent and that counts for a lot in my book. Your table and cloth color also affirms your character and mind set. So I’m leaning to the old school side. How long a persons been in the pool world counts for more than how long they been on a site.

I got here a bit late as well, but in the early 2000’s I wasn’t doing much with pool-playing at home most of the time-but I dropped out of the pool scene for a few years-always knew I’d be back. I’m a lifer


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Fatboy😃
 
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Ratta

Hearing the balls.....
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On the bubble, however your posts are excellent and that counts for a lot in my book. Your table and cloth color also affirms your character and mind set. So I’m leaning to the old school side. How long a persons been in the pool world counts for more than how long they been on a site. I got here a bit late as well, but in the early 2000’s I wasn’t doing much with pool.
Agree :)
also here just since 2010 or so-- so "site wise" a medium noob :p
since 1984 in the pool world all in all.
 

Fatboy

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Agree :)
also here just since 2010 or so-- so "site wise" a medium noob :p
since 1984 in the pool world all in all.
I started playing on barboxes in 80 or 81. Went to the pool room in 85, All-In.

I’ve taken a couple breaks but pool will always be #1 for me. It’s in me, not on me. And I love that!
 

xradarx

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I started playing on barboxes in 80 or 81. Went to the pool room in 85, All-In.

I’ve taken a couple breaks but pool will always be #1 for me. It’s in me, not on me. And I love that!
I started playing when games were nickel-a-cue, dime a game for two, fifteen cents for three or more. It didn't matter the game, five ball, six ball, seven ball, eight ball, nine ball, rotation, one-pocket, or straight pool.
I learned to play them all. I have shot more than two million balls into the holes, and maybe missed a million more in my 63 year playing period, no extended layoffs from the games.
I perused this forum for a number of years prior to taking the joining plunge in 2014.
I play old school pocket pool. Keyboard artistry of the games doesn't hold any interest for me.
I don't practice. I detest playing alone. I will always pay at least half of any table time involved, if no gambling is involved.
I had two instructors in my early playing years. One instructor for the short games. One instructor for one-pocket and 14.1 continuous.
Many other players have contributed tidbits of pertinent information through the years and still do.
You can always pick up some new useful info.
I learned early that I could easily take the big table game skills down to the smaller tables, but vice versa didn't work nearly as easily.
Old school pool player, yes.
Old school keyboarder, not so.
 

jay helfert

Shoot Pool, not people
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I haven't hit two balls in months but I'm still a "poolplayer!" And I always will be. ;)
What's really weird is that I still believe I can get back in stroke in just a few days. Last time I tried (over three years ago) I made it into the money in a couple of Senior events and one AZB get together. But I'm still young, only 77, so I've got lots of time. :D
UJ Pucket told me something I never forgot, and he was in his 80's and still going strong at the time. He said, "How old would you be if you didn't know when you were born?" Seemed trite at first, but later on I got his point.
 
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philly

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Started playing in a bowling alley in 1965 and then moved to poolrooms in 1966 at the age of 15.
Poolrooms are where the education really begins.
Taking public transportation around Philly to the different rooms.
In 1970 sold my Hoppe stick and Brunswick snap top case for what I paid for it....$50, and headed off to college.
School, work, family, raising kids, yadayadayada.
Got back in the game about 9 years ago after a 40 plus year layoff.
Almost everything about the game had changed especially the felt (cloth) and can't find very many 3 cushion tables anymore.
I remember when every room had at least one.
Have been a member here since 2014.
 

West Point 1987

On the Hill, Out of Gas
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Joined in 2010...been playing about 45 years...
 

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CocoboloCowboy

Cowboys are my hero's
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Many of the Old Schoolers mentioned, or who chimed in first 5 pages of this thread. Are dead, banned, must have decided not to visit AZB and longer, or have new interests.
 

sellingboe

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Started playing in a bowling alley in 1965 and then moved to poolrooms in 1966 at the age of 15.
Poolrooms are where the education really begins.
Taking public transportation around Philly to the different rooms.
In 1970 sold my Hoppe stick and Brunswick snap top case for what I paid for it....$50, and headed off to college.
School, work, family, raising kids, yadayadayada.
Got back in the game about 9 years ago after a 40 plus year layoff.
Almost everything about the game had changed especially the felt (cloth) and can't find very many 3 cushion tables anymore.
I remember when every room had at least one.
Have been a member here since 2014.
You got 10 years on me, but similar story. After getting all kids through college, built a home with a room just for a Gold Crown. Haven't been around here a long time, but I appreciate the history. I was a helluva shot maker 40 years ago but I didn't know a damn thing about CB control. This is a lot of fun relearning the game I've longed to play daily once again. Nice to hear the stories of guys who've been around awhile.
 

telinoz

Registered
Many of the Old Schoolers mentioned, or who chimed in first 5 pages of this thread. Are dead, banned, must have decided not to visit AZB and longer, or have new interests.
May they rest in peace, found some other platform, up to them, and good for them.
 

alstl

AzB Silver Member
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Been here since 2005 which is around the time I bought a table and restarted my long dormant pool playing. If you see me stop posting you can assume I am stuck in a nursing home with no access to the internet in which case please come and bust me out of the place.
 

pt109

WO double hemlock
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I might be an older schooler than I thought…started reading AZ in 2006 for up to date news…joined in 2009…
…but in the 90s, working on a 186, I took over a couple programs at work because of people’s illiteracy, and sometimes I’d wander onto
the web and catch bits of billiard conversations (probably RSB) like ships passing in the night.
 
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