Senior citizens enjoy new game Ė pool

This article submitted by Stephanie Everson on 2/11/97.

Are you bored with bridge, pinochle and rummy, but think you're too old to learn a new game? If this sounds like you, the senior center has just the thing. Every Thursday morning at 9 a.m., several senior citizens get together to shoot pool. For many of them, this is the first time they have ever played the game.

Despite their initial misgivings, after watching an hour-long instructional video by two national pool champions on the proper stance, various ways to hold the cue stick, and different terms for particular techniques, they went out to the three pool tables, picked up a cue, and gave it their best shots.

There were no pool sharks or hustlers there, so no one had to feel self-conscious, and Ken Peterson was available to help everyone out with tips and different techniques.

There is a lot more to billiards than meets the eye; a good player must have good judgment and balance, but don't be discouraged. Even if you believe you lack these qualities, after some practice, even the clumsiest player will have fun.

The five ladies and four men that were there last Thursday morning certainly had a good time. If you're interested in playing, stop by the senior center on Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Even if you've never played pool in your life, you're welcome to drop in.

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