02/01/05 - Editor: C. Thompson
(A monthly e-mail newsletter-pertaining to activities in the area)
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The Homan Sq. Pool Checkers and Chess Club
of Chicago
Homan Sq. Community Center
3559 W. Arthington St.
Chicago, IL.
Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri.   2:30 - 9:00 P.M.
Phone - 312-746-6650
Pres.  Charles Thompson


Several members of the longtime Pool Checkers community have come forward to show support for the upcoming Regional Tournament-The Chicago Open of April 15 and 16, 2005.
Mr. Clarence "Dude" Dew, my original Pool Checkers mentor and longtime friend has called to express his support with the purchase of $100.00 worth of raffle tickets.  Mr. Dew, who was the one, you may recall, in my, Legends of "Buster," (sneaked him into the barber shop where I was annihilated), is now retired but has stated his intentions of attending the tournament as an observer.
Mr. J C  Wills, a longtime 100 Sq. Board player, who once won more games than "Buster," in tying him for second place, in a long ago AICS Tournament has called to ’PLEDGE’ his financial support.
Mr. Junior "June Bug" Guy, who has now launched into his second career as a shoe repair entrepreneur-after his retirement from General Motors, has also shown his support with the purchase of $25.00 worth of raffle tickets. 
Additional, Mr. Guy, went head-to-head with," The Thang," (of Macon Georgia's ‘Pitt Bulls’ fame), in a long ago APCA Tournament.  He could have become a Master player had he wanted to, after his second place finish in an APCA Tournament several years ago.  But, he chose not to,  saying "I want to win it all before advancing."

To these former players (all have retired from the game), the Club offer it's heartfelt thanks for your general support.
George Graham of Memphis Passes
Top Master, and Vice President of the Memphis Pool Checkers Assn., Mr. Otha Bibbs has informed us that one of the cities all time great players has passed on.  I remember Mr. Graham as one of Memphis finest players; I visited the city many times in the seventies and eighties to play him and other top players  there.
I used to call him the ‘reluctant warrior' because of his hesitance in playing when he was challenged to a game.  But when he did play, his game was huge.  To this day, I don't know how we came out against each other overall.  I suspect it was about even. 
To the family, I offer my heartfelt condolences.
New Players Raises it up a Notch in Preparation for the ‘Big Dance.‘
New players to the world of Pool Checkers; Stanley Polk, Cardwell Myrick, Rodney Polk, Ernst Lee, Herman Joiner, Sly Johnson, James Jamison, Mr. West,  Kevin Gordon. Mr. Coleman, and others are all engaged in a hot-bed of activity as they, prepare to go after the Class C prizes in the upcoming Chicago Open.  All are being observed by the Club's more experienced players, and helpful tips are offered wherever applicable.’ Old timer Eddie Smith has been very active in pointing out errors and inaccuracies.
Raffle Tickets Purchase is Easy
For those who might want to show support for the tournament with the purchase of raffle tickets, NO PROBLEM!   You simply call, write, or e-mail me to indicate the amount you want to purchase.  I will then pull the tickets, fill out the stubs, and put them in the raffle basket (You are relieved of the bothersome TASK of filling out the stubs). You will be billed in a 'Thank You Letter!; that will be sent. Your numbers will be indicated. 
We will, of course, notify you if you win.  Additionally, all winning numbers will be posted publicly as well as in my May 2005 Newsletter.
*Make all checks payable to me.  In the Reference section indicate, The Community Bank of Lawndale.
Charles Thompson
674 Huntington Dr.
Carol Stream, Illinois 60188
Phone: 630-213-1098
E-mail: chas8171@aol.com