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David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES "Billiards on the Big Screen Pool Hall Junkies"

Summary: David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"Billiards on the Big Screen Pool Hall Junkies"
Note: Supporting narrated video (NV) demonstrations, high-speed video (HSV) clips, and
technical proofs (TP) can be accessed and viewed online at billiards.colostate.edu. The
reference numbers used in the article (e.g., NV A.12) help you locate the resources on the
website. If you don't have access to the Internet, or if you have a slow connection (e.g., a
modem), you may want to view the resources from a CD-ROM instead. To order one, send a
check or money order (payable to David Alciatore) for $21.45 (includes S&H) to: Pool Book CD;
626 S. Meldrum St.; Fort Collins, CO 80521. The CD-ROM is compatible with both PCs and
This is the final article in my "Billiards on the Big Screen" series, where I illustrate and
describe interesting shots from movies with major billiards themes. In my first two articles
(August and September, 2004), I presented some shots from the classic billiards films "The
Hustler" and "The Color of Money." By the way, if you want to refer back to any of my previous
articles and online resources, you can access them at billiards.colostate.edu. This month's
article deals with the most recent popular billiards movie: "Pool Hall Junkies." Originally, I had
planned to do a fourth article on "Donald in Mathmagic Land," an animated Disney short film with
a major billiards component, but I decided to skip it because all of the examples are from 3-
cushion billiards, which is not as popular as it once was. In fact, it can be difficult to even find a
"billiards" table (without pockets) anymore. Also, because the movie was released in 1959 and


Source: Alciatore, David G. - Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University


Collections: Engineering