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07-04-2002, 12:03 PM
Anybody know about this guy? He supposedly won the 1970 Johnston City all around title, by winning the 9-ball event and placing well in the other events. According to the Buddy Hall biography "from Rags to Rifleman", this "kid" was the youngest player to ever win a major tournament at only 16 years of age. Keith Thompson then supposedly went back home and was beaten badly by a "road player", and never played the game again.

I guess that I am fascinated by someone who could play so great in a demanding tournament and end up quiting just because they were beat badly one time. This guy is now 48 years of age. I wonder if he plays at all now? Who knows, maybe he was that guy playing on the table next to you last week? I'd be curious to know anymore stories about Keith, since he was only mentioned briefly in Buddy's book.

Regards,

Doug

Tom_In_Cincy
07-04-2002, 12:17 PM
Keith Thompson made the scene for the 1970 Johnson City Tournament..

A list from 1962 to 1972 of all the game champs and "All Around Champ"

1962:
1P: Marshall Carpenter
9-Ball: Luther Lassiter
14.1: Luther Lassiter
All Around: Luther Lassiter

1963:
1P: Eddie Taylor
9-Ball: Luther Lassiter
14.1: Luther Lassiter
All Around: Luther Lassiter

1964:
1P: Eddie Taylor
9-Ball: Luther Lassiter
14.1: Luther Lassiter
All Around: Eddie Taylor

1965:
1P: Larry Johnston
9-Ball: Harold Worst
14.1: Harold worst
All Around: Harold Worst

1966:
1P: Eddie Kelly
9-Ball: Eddie Kelly
14.1: Joe Balsis
All Around: Joe Balsis

1967:
1P: Larry Johnson
9-Ball: Luther Lassiter
14.1: Irving Crane
All Around: Luther Lassiter

1968:
1P: Larry Johnson
9-Ball: Danny Jones
14.1: Al Coslosky
All Around:Danny Jones

1969:
1P: Luther Lassiter
9-Ball: Luther Lassiter
14.1: Joe Russo
All Around: Luther Lassiter

1970:
1P: Ronnie Allen
9-Ball: Keith Thompson
14.1: Luther Lassiter
All Around: Keith Thompson

1971:
1P: Jim Rempe
9-Ball: Jimmy Marino
14.1: Luther Lassiter
All Around: Jimmy Marino

1972:
1P: Larry Johnson
9-Ball: Billy Incardona
14.1: Danny Diliberto
All Around: Danny Diliberto

07-04-2002, 10:24 PM
You might check in Pasadena, Texas.

Keith supposedly "got religion" many years ago and doesn't want to hear anything about pool.