"A RETROSPECTIVE ON
SPORTS IN AMERICA" 1983
SMITHSONIAN INVITES POOL PLAYERS
…..In 1983, Billie Billing was asked by the Smithsonian American History Museum to donate a piece of her billiard equipment to its exhibition hall.
"A RETROSPECTIVE ON SPORTS IN AMERICA" was being presented and the pocket billiard community was asked to participate. A number of players, notably Willie Mosconi, Jimmy Caras and Steve Mizerak, among others, were invited to contribute to the presentation. For example, Jean Balukas donated the rack of balls from her fifth BCA US Open win to the institution. Billie, with Danny Janes permission, submitted the cue stick she won as Champion of the BCA Nationals.
…..Billie, who at the time was a colunmist for the Billiard Digest, was asked to provide the exhibt with some photographs of the contributing players. Always eager to present pool players in a good light to the media and other outsources, Billie gladly donated the prints. When the display appeared to the public, it presented a portrait of the player, alongside the piece of pool apparatus on display, which enhanced the exhibition.
The ether bunny.
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