are my thoughts about people and aspects of the billiard world
that are essential in my mind for others to know about. Perhaps
no one else is going to recognize their significance, but nonetheless
I felt the urge to showcase these people, events and my beliefs
on certain topics within these pages. Please keep in mind I have
a reputation for being controversial, a moniker I treasure.
ROOM OWNER, PLAYER, TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND COORDINATOR
SUPPORTER AND ADVISOR
CANDIDATE FOR THE WPBA HALL OF FAME
women's pool community owes a debt of gratitude to Florence Fuller,
prior owner and operator of the Pocket Billiard Lounge in
Binghamton, NY. Players both male and female recall moving stories
about her life wherein she demonstrated the power of teaching character
by example. Florence is an exemplar individual worthy of respect
and admiration. For years she held both the male and female New
York State Championships in her room. Besides being a financial
supporter of the WPBA in its early years, she served on the newly
formed organization's Board of Directors. Many times she was there
with sensible suggestions to alleviate problems caused by players'
grievances, financial decisions and tournament arrangements. She
continued to support the women’s
side of the sport by hosting many tournaments for the East
Coast Women’s Pool Tour. A
real friend to countless players, Florence
has deserved the many praises showered upon her throughout the
years. At 86, she still enjoys playing the game she supported and
enriched throughout her thirty plus years as a room owner. She
should be a prime canidate for the WPBA Hall of Fame. .....The following is an informative three part video interview with Florence who is much loved by the pocket billiard community. The myriad of pool players, both amateur and professional, who have known Florence over the years, will enjoy this short film which has captured her personality. .....As seen on YouTube, this film was produced and directed by Billie Billiards Promotions.
.....Now is the time to let the Women's Professional Billiard Association know that you support Florence Fuller's entry into the Hall of Fame. Please email the WPBA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOROTHY WISE, FIVE TIME BCA US OPEN CHAMPION ENTERS THE WPBA HALL OF FAME
burning goal of Billie's was to official recognize DOROTHY WISE's
induction to the WPBA
Hall of Fame. Although the initiators
had announced the induction of RUTH McGINNIS and Dorothy into the
Hall, nothing had formally been done to acknowledge that honor.
As soon as she took over the organization, Billie assigned Gloria
Walker the task of presenting a plaque to Ruth's sisters in Pennsylvania
to fortify her induction. Press releases, along with a photo of
Gloria and the McGinnis sisters were sent out to the local and
Dorothy, although alive and well, living and prospering in California,
literally heard about her induction by reading the National Billiard
News and had never been directly contacted. Something monumental
had to be done to distinguish this great tribute to her. "For
years, I had been in contact with Dorothy to let her know that
the WPBA recognized her as one of our most important pioneers of
our sport." said Billie. "She set the benchmark
for other women players by winning five
consecutive U.S. Open titles, along with many other tournament
....."A true lady, Dorothy displayed
compassion for others while being passionate about her beliefs.
Her peers respected her for the type of person she was as well
as for her playing ability. She had a demure posture while at the
same time speaking her mind when needed. She was a nurturing and
unselfish woman with an awesome talent for playing pocket billiards."
1979, Billie's dream came true when she was able to put together
the resources for a banquet dinner for Dorothy, along with presenting
her a Hall of Fame plaque at Gold Crown Billiards in
New London, CT.