Memories of the Johnston City Hustler Jamborees

Memories of the Johnston City Hustler Jamborees

Pool history includes plenty of examples of grander tournaments but few were as colorful as those in Johnston City. I have been thinking a lot lately about the famous 1960s Johnston City tournaments, especially given the recent selection of tournament founders George and Paulie Jansco for posthumous induction into the Billiard Congress Hall of Fame.  The colorful tournaments in Southern...
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Write for us! Guest Post Guidelines for PoolHistory.Com

The Pool History Website accepts guest posts. W e accept guest posts. Interested in a historical pool match? A famous player from yesteryear? We pay a standard fee of $50 for accepted submissions upon publication. From left, Georgie Jansco, Eddie Taylor and Paulie Jansco We consider completed posts, as well as original pitches. Send queries to R.A. Dyer at poolhistory@gmail.com. Writers should...

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...
Wimpy’s Norfolk Years: America’s Greatest Pool Town?

Wimpy’s Norfolk Years: America’s Greatest Pool Town?

Norfolk during World War II was a mecca for big-time pool. Greatest pool town ever? Johnston City you say. New York during the 1960s? Ladies and gentlemen I present for your consideration Norfolk, Virginia. During World War II the Navy town was a wonderland of gambling, top-notch pool hustling and just general pandemonium. It also was in Norfolk that Wimpy Lassiter, arguably...
Don “Cincinnati Kid” Willis and the Big Hoorah Hustle

Don “Cincinnati Kid” Willis and the Big Hoorah Hustle

The two out-of-towners are relatively short men, in their thirties, the unfortunate age when the paunch begins to show. Neither carries a pool cue. They’ve appeared unannounced and unexpected in a back-water pool room, which they immediately size up.  Who in here has some gamble to them?  They get a table. They rack for nine-ball. They start shooting. “Remember...

Interview Excerpt: Weenie Beenie talks about Cleo Vaughn

Here’s an excerpt of an interview I conducted around 2007 with Bill “Weenie Beenie” Staton. Some of this, as I recall, ended up in Hustler Days. Staton references in this interview his hot dog stand. That’s a picture of the last of his hot dog stands at the top of this post. “Earl Shriver, Squirrel (Marshall Carpenter), Daddy Warbucks – they were all out in...