The Spin on Pool: Innovator Francois Mingaud

The Spin on Pool: Innovator Francois Mingaud

By Allie Leigh Adams Francois Mingaud We can thank the French for some of pool’s most important innovations. Fifteenth-century French royalty, for instance, transitioned the game from one played on outdoor lawns to one played indoors on wooden tables. Another innovation — and perhaps nearly as important — was the addition of cue tips to wooden cues. Without cue tips, there would be no...

Memories of Bill “Weenie Beenie” Bill Staton

Johnny Carson, Mamie Van Doren and Bill “Weenie Beenie” Staton on the Tonight Show. I have collected here a few stories about Bill “Weenie Beenie” Staton, who was one of our sport’s more colorful promoters and players during the 1960s. The owner of Jack & Jill’s Cue Clubs, Staton died on Feb. 18, 2006 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, his hometown. He...