If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.
– Sir Issac Newton
looking back, there are many people and things i’m grateful for in the pool world. without those that came before me, i could not be here.
so merci, m. françois mingaud, for inventing the leather tip and the massé.
thank you, mr. john wesley hyatt, for attempting to replace ivory balls with nitrocellulose, which subsequently led to the phenolic balls we use today.
thank you, mr. michael phelan, for promoting pool and writing the first american book on billiards.
thank you, mr. charlie peterson, for tirelessly promoting the game of pool.
thank you, mr. greenleaf, mr. hoppe, mr. mosconi, mr. cochran, messrs. schaefers, mr. moore, mr. taberski, mr. layton, mr. caras, mr. crane, mr. balsis, mr. lassiter, mr. mizerak, for having played such great games of pool and billiards and passing down the secret knowledge of the game.
thank you, mr. rambow, mr. paradise, mr. balabushka, mr. brunswick, for having made beautiful cues and tables for the players.
thank you, the franklin family, mr. robinson, mr. stroud, mr. kohara, mr. prather, for continuing to make excellent cues for us pool degenerates.
thank you, mr. reyes, mr. bustamante, mr. strickland, mr. hopkins, mr. archer, mr. hall, mr. sigel, mr. rempe, mr. luat, for continuing the game of pool in the modern age and teaching new players the beauty of this game.
thank you, espn and fox sports network, for airing all the pool matches.
thank you to my friend, for befriending me and teaching me the game of pool and imparting all your knowledge of the game to me.
i realize there are many more i need to thank besides the ones listed here. you all have my gratitude.
without those that came before me, i would not have the luxury of playing and blogging about this game i love. i’m the tiny speck of dust that sits on the shoulder of giants.