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07-20-2006, 08:38 PM
Senator Dirksen, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. Vice President, President Johnson, Vice President Humphrey, my fellow Americans--and my fellow citizens of the world community:

I ask you to share with me today the majesty of this moment. In the orderly transfer of power, we celebrate the unity that keeps us free.

Each moment in history is a fleeting time, precious and unique. But some stand out as moments of beginning, in which courses are set that shape decades or centuries.

This can be such a moment.

Forces now are converging that make possible, for the first time, the hope that many of man's deepest aspirations can at last be realized. The spiraling pace of change allows us to contemplate, within our own lifetime, advances that once would have taken centuries.

In throwing wide the horizons of space, we have discovered new horizons on earth.

For the first time, because the people of the world want peace, and the leaders of the world are afraid of war, the times are on the side of peace.

Eight years from now America will celebrate its 200th anniversary as a nation. Within the lifetime of most people now living, mankind will celebrate that great new year which comes only once in a thousand years--the beginning of the third millennium.

What kind of nation we will be, what kind of world we will live in, whether we shape the future in the image of our hopes, is ours to determine by our actions and our choices.

The greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker. This honor now beckons America--the chance to help lead the world at last out of the valley of turmoil, and onto that high ground of peace that man has dreamed of since the dawn of civilization.

If we succeed, generations to come will say of us now living that we mastered our moment, that we helped make the world safe for mankind.

This is our summons to greatness.

I believe the American people are ready to answer this call.

The second third of this century has been a time of proud achievement. We have made enormous strides in science and industry and agriculture. We have shared our wealth more broadly than ever. We have learned at last to manage a modern economy to assure its continued growth.

We have given freedom new reach, and we have begun to make its promise real for black as well as for white.

We see the hope of tomorrow in the youth of today. I know America's youth. I believe in them. We can be proud that they are better educated, more committed, more passionately driven by conscience than any generation in our history.

No people has ever been so close to the achievement of a just and abundant society, or so possessed of the will to achieve it. Because our strengths are so great, we can afford to appraise our weaknesses with candor and to approach them with hope.

Standing in this same place a third of a century ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a Nation ravaged by depression and gripped in fear. He could say in surveying the Nation's troubles: "They concern, thank God, only material things."

Our crisis today is the reverse.

We have found ourselves rich in goods, but ragged in spirit; reaching with magnificent precision for the moon, but falling into raucous discord on earth.

We are caught in war, wanting peace. We are torn by division, wanting unity. We see around us empty lives, wanting fulfillment. We see tasks that need doing, waiting for hands to do them.

To a crisis of the spirit, we need an answer of the spirit.

To find that answer, we need only look within ourselves.

When we listen to "the better angels of our nature," we find that they celebrate the simple things, the basic things--such as goodness, decency, love, kindness.

Greatness comes in simple trappings.

The simple things are the ones most needed today if we are to surmount what divides us, and cement what unites us.

To lower our voices would be a simple thing.

In these difficult years, America has suffered from a fever of words; from inflated rhetoric that promises more than it can deliver; from angry rhetoric that fans discontents into hatreds; from bombastic rhetoric that postures instead of persuading.

We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another--until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.

For its part, government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways--to the voices of quiet anguish, the voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart--to the injured voices, the anxious voices, the voices that have despaired of being heard.

Those who have been left out, we will try to bring in.

Those left behind, we will help to catch up.

For all of our people, we will set as our goal the decent order that makes progress possible and our lives secure.

As we reach toward our hopes, our task is to build on what has gone before--not turning away from the old, but turning toward the new.

In this past third of a century, government has passed more laws, spent more money, initiated more programs, than in all our previous history.

In pursuing our goals of full employment, better housing, excellence in education; in rebuilding our cities and improving our rural areas; in protecting our environment and enhancing the quality of life--in all these and more, we will and must press urgently forward.

We shall plan now for the day when our wealth can be transferred from the destruction of war abroad to the urgent needs of our people at home.

The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep.

But we are approaching the limits of what government alone can do.

Our greatest need now is to reach beyond government, and to enlist the legions of the concerned and the committed.

What has to be done, has to be done by government and people together or it will not be done at all. The lesson of past agony is that without the people we can do nothing; with the people we can do everything.

To match the magnitude of our tasks, we need the energies of our people--enlisted not only in grand enterprises, but more importantly in those small, splendid efforts that make headlines in the neighborhood newspaper instead of the national journal.

With these, we can build a great cathedral of the spirit--each of us raising it one stone at a time, as he reaches out to his neighbor, helping, caring, doing.

I do not offer a life of uninspiring ease. I do not call for a life of grim sacrifice. I ask you to join in a high adventure--one as rich as humanity itself, and as exciting as the times we live in.

The essence of freedom is that each of us shares in the shaping of his own destiny.

Until he has been part of a cause larger than himself, no man is truly whole.

The way to fulfillment is in the use of our talents; we achieve nobility in the spirit that inspires that use.

As we measure what can be done, we shall promise only what we know we can produce, but as we chart our goals we shall be lifted by our dreams.

No man can be fully free while his neighbor is not. To go forward at all is to go forward together.

This means black and white together, as one nation, not two. The laws have caught up with our conscience. What remains is to give life to what is in the law: to ensure at last that as all are born equal in dignity before God, all are born equal in dignity before man.

As we learn to go forward together at home, let us also seek to go forward together with all mankind.

Let us take as our goal: where peace is unknown, make it welcome; where peace is fragile, make it strong; where peace is temporary, make it permanent.

After a period of confrontation, we are entering an era of negotiation.

Let all nations know that during this administration our lines of communication will be open.

We seek an open world--open to ideas, open to the exchange of goods and people--a world in which no people, great or small, will live in angry isolation.

We cannot expect to make everyone our friend, but we can try to make no one our enemy.

Those who would be our adversaries, we invite to a peaceful competition--not in conquering territory or extending dominion, but in enriching the life of man.

As we explore the reaches of space, let us go to the new worlds together--not as new worlds to be conquered, but as a new adventure to be shared.

With those who are willing to join, let us cooperate to reduce the burden of arms, to strengthen the structure of peace, to lift up the poor and the hungry.

But to all those who would be tempted by weakness, let us leave no doubt that we will be as strong as we need to be for as long as we need to be.

Over the past twenty years, since I first came to this Capital as a freshman Congressman, I have visited most of the nations of the world.

I have come to know the leaders of the world, and the great forces, the hatreds, the fears that divide the world.

I know that peace does not come through wishing for it--that there is no substitute for days and even years of patient and prolonged diplomacy.

I also know the people of the world.

I have seen the hunger of a homeless child, the pain of a man wounded in battle, the grief of a mother who has lost her son. I know these have no ideology, no race.

I know America. I know the heart of America is good.

I speak from my own heart, and the heart of my country, the deep concern we have for those who suffer, and those who sorrow.

I have taken an oath today in the presence of God and my countrymen to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. To that oath I now add this sacred commitment: I shall consecrate my office, my energies, and all the wisdom I can summon, to the cause of peace among nations.

Let this message be heard by strong and weak alike:

The peace we seek to win is not victory over any other people, but the peace that comes "with healing in its wings"; with compassion for those who have suffered; with understanding for those who have opposed us; with the opportunity for all the peoples of this earth to choose their own destiny.

Only a few short weeks ago, we shared the glory of man's first sight of the world as God sees it, as a single sphere reflecting light in the darkness.

As the Apollo astronauts flew over the moon's gray surface on Christmas Eve, they spoke to us of the beauty of earth--and in that voice so clear across the lunar distance, we heard them invoke God's blessing on its goodness.

In that moment, their view from the moon moved poet Archibald MacLeish to write:

"To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold--brothers who know now they are truly brothers."

In that moment of surpassing technological triumph, men turned their thoughts toward home and humanity--seeing in that far perspective that man's destiny on earth is not divisible; telling us that however far we reach into the cosmos, our destiny lies not in the stars but on Earth itself, in our own hands, in our own hearts.

We have endured a long night of the American spirit. But as our eyes catch the dimness of the first rays of dawn, let us not curse the remaining dark. Let us gather the light.

Our destiny offers, not the cup of despair, but the chalice of opportunity. So let us seize it, not in fear, but in gladness-- and, "riders on the earth together," let us go forward, firm in our faith, steadfast in our purpose, cautious of the dangers; but sustained by our confidence in the will of God and the promise of man.

Richard Nixon

07-20-2006, 08:42 PM
Senator Hatfield, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. President, Vice President Bush, Vice President Mondale, Senator Baker, Speaker O'Neill, Reverend Moomaw, and my fellow citizens: To a few of us here today, this is a solemn and most momentous occasion; and yet, in the history of our Nation, it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place as it has for almost two centuries and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-4-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.

Mr. President, I want our fellow citizens to know how much you did to carry on this tradition. By your gracious cooperation in the transition process, you have shown a watching world that we are a united people pledged to maintaining a political system which guarantees individual liberty to a greater degree than any other, and I thank you and your people for all your help in maintaining the continuity which is the bulwark of our Republic.

The business of our nation goes forward. These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained inflations in our national history. It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed- income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of millions of our people.

Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, causing human misery and personal indignity. Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.

But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades, we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals.

You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?

We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. And let there be no misunderstanding--we are going to begin to act, beginning today.

The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we, as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.

From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.

We hear much of special interest groups. Our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and our factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we are sick--professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truckdrivers. They are, in short, "We the people," this breed called Americans.

Well, this administration's objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunity for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination. Putting America back to work means putting all Americans back to work. Ending inflation means freeing all Americans from the terror of runaway living costs. All must share in the productive work of this "new beginning" and all must share in the bounty of a revived economy. With the idealism and fair play which are the core of our system and our strength, we can have a strong and prosperous America at peace with itself and the world.

So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government--not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.

It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.

Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work-work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.

If we look to the answer as to why, for so many years, we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here, in this land, we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on Earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.

It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We are not, as some would have us believe, loomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will all on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew; our faith and our hope.

We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we are in a time when there are no heroes just don't know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond. You meet heroes across a counter--and they are on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They are individuals and families whose taxes support the Government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet but deep. Their values sustain our national life.

I have used the words "they" and "their" in speaking of these heroes. I could say "you" and "your" because I am addressing the heroes of whom I speak--you, the citizens of this blessed land. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me God.

We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen, and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they are sick, and provide opportunities to make them self- sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?

Can we solve the problems confronting us? Well, the answer is an unequivocal and emphatic "yes." To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy.

In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. Steps will be taken aimed at restoring the balance between the various levels of government. Progress may be slow--measured in inches and feet, not miles--but we will progress. Is it time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles, there will be no compromise.

On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, President of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, "Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of.... On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."

Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children and our children's children.

And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.

To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for or own sovereignty is not for sale.

As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it--now or ever.

Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.

I am told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day, and for that I am deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inauguration Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.

This is the first time in history that this ceremony has been held, as you have been told, on this West Front of the Capitol. Standing here, one faces a magnificent vista, opening up on this city's special beauty and history. At the end of this open mall are those shrines to the giants on whose shoulders we stand.

Directly in front of me, the monument to a monumental man: George Washington, Father of our country. A man of humility who came to greatness reluctantly. He led America out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood. Off to one side, the stately memorial to Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence flames with his eloquence.

And then beyond the Reflecting Pool the dignified columns of the Lincoln Memorial. Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in the life of Abraham Lincoln.

Beyond those monuments to heroism is the Potomac River, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery with its row on row of simple white markers bearing crosses or Stars of David. They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom.

Each one of those markers is a monument to the kinds of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, The Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.

Under one such marker lies a young man--Martin Treptow--who left his job in a small town barber shop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.

We are told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, "My Pledge," he had written these words: "America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone."

The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.

And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you.

Ronald Reagan

07-20-2006, 08:46 PM

07-20-2006, 08:50 PM
wow, bigman / new messiah. Aren't things a little too blue for you that far north? It sound like you need to get back to the deep South.

07-20-2006, 08:54 PM
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07-20-2006, 08:57 PM

07-20-2006, 09:02 PM
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07-20-2006, 09:14 PM
Dear popcorn sir, I would like to leave this board, as bad as you would like to see me go. I am a pro, I tour, appear on TV, shoot pool for money, get paid $50 for every shot I make, so I don&amp;#8217;t have time to sit in front of a cpu all day because I have nothing else going on in my life of importance, like some I know. I said goodbye, left, and what do you do, you begin to call me a long series of nasty names &amp; things. I really wish you had not done that, I thought you had more class than that. If you want me to leave, then you must stop spreading lies about me. If you post a lie, something about me that is un-true, I will respond. If you want me to leave, then just leave me alone; this is a very simple deal. Just shut up&amp;#8230;&amp;#8230;&amp;#8230;.

You said all I have is a couple of trick shots. That is all you can come up about me? Why don&amp;#8217;t you visit my web site, www.fastlarrypool.com (http://www.fastlarrypool.com), and you will find out, I have a little more than that. I am a world champion trick shot artist, I am in the hall of fame, I hold 20 world records, all of this can be proven and has been, but you never once, tried to verify any of this, nor has any one attacking me on the board. Not one of you every asked to see my video tapes, that proves &amp; shows all of my world records. Not one of you every asked to see my evidence package, and it is extensive. Not one of you ever picked up the phone to question me, or to even start a civilized conversation. All you have done is put down &amp; ridicule someone who has accomplished things you could never do, because you could never do them yourself.

When you post a lie, that says I have nothing but a couple of trick shots, and you ignore my web site, that is beginning to post my records &amp; accreditations, you then force me to respond with what I do have, and when I do, you then attack me for bragging. I can&amp;#8217;t win with you people, can I?
I have invented l850 trick shots, more than all of my competitors in the last half of the century combined, and I did that in a l0 year span of time. Bob Byrne wrote in Billiards Digest, I am the only person he knows, who could write a trick shot book
And display over 300 trick shots that were my sole inventions, that could equal his treasury of trick shots book, and he wrote that in Billiards Digest. Shamos in Billiards wrote I was a Billiards Expert, nobody else on the board ever got that honor. I now tour &amp; show offering over 300 trick shots, most of which are world class DFll&amp;#8217;s, my competitors carry &amp; perform 30 shots.

I have performed at 3 BCA trade shows, pool&amp;#8217;s largest show, 3 Allen Hopkins events, pool&amp;#8217;s 2nd largest event, and 3 super shows, pool&amp;#8217;s 3rd largest show, and the largest sports show in the world. Excuse me, I never saw you perform at any of these, for serious money, and until you do, and get in my league, may I suggest you refrain from running down my playing abilities. Nobody on this board shows in these places either. If I play so bad, how do you explain I have been on every major TV network on prime time, and on ESPN. My record is very strong, and you somehow now reduce it into nothing.

You say you heard I can&amp;#8217;t play, why would you repeat a rumor, that is a lie. That sir is not an honest or honorable thing to do. You have never seen me play pool, or perform a show, and until you do, you sir should refrain on being my judge, for you have no basis or knowledge to judge me, and have admitted this. You sir, only pass on rumors &amp; lies, and does not that say something about you sir?
People start lies about me, and somebody like you picks it up, never verifies it, and repeats it. Why do you do something so irresponsible like that? Spreading false lies about me, hurts me and my family, I don&amp;#8217;t do anything to hurt you, or your ability to earn a income, why do you attack my profession?

I do two things, shoot trick shots in shows, and teach. Shooting trick shots, I have long been regarded as being in the top three in the world. I am the founder of the world trick shot event, which is recorded in Billiards Digest.

I have now been on the cover of 8 pool magazines, how many have you been on sir?
The 2nd thing I do is teach pool. I don&amp;#8217;t have to be able to play to teach, I only have to be able to teach you to play. Any time I come to the table, I am good to run 2 or 3 racks, and I can give you phone numbers of people to call who can verify they see
Me do this all of the time, so if you actually want to check something out, damn it man, pick up the phone &amp; check it out. I taped for Jimmy Caras once, because he said I shot too hard, a 3 rack run, where I broke at l4.l, ran 3 racks, and never let the Cue ball touch a rail, Mr. Caras told me he was very impressed with this. Mr. Caras was one of my teachers, and trick shot advisors, we had a long friendship.

I hold several world records on pool. I hold 2 world records on the break. I made 8 balls on the break at 8 ball, and then made 8 balls on the break at 9 ball in l96l, this record has never been tied in 42 years, and this will be the only record in pool that can never be broken. In the late 50&amp;#8217;s &amp; 60&amp;#8217;s, I played at a speed where I was probably 50th in the world, judging by the world champions &amp; hall of famers I defeated. I worked very hard, for nobody to know who I was.

I have ran 3 racks of cribbage, ran a century at snooker, a 10 at 3 cushion. I hold the world record for the fastest rack of breaking &amp; running l5 balls on a 9&amp;#8217; table, 33.95 seconds, a record that has stood for a decade. My high run at l4.l is 274 balls, I have tied the PBT high run record at 9 ball, I have ran 8 racks of 8 ball. Now I hope you can see when you print a lie that I can&amp;#8217;t play, this really pisses me off big time. I hold the world record at the hardest game in play today on a pool table, l5 ball rotation, I ran 60 balls, 4 racks, calling every shot, including the one ball on the break. Yes sir old popcorn, you got me cold, I can&amp;#8217;t play a lick&amp;#8230;&amp;#8230;

I was a APA 7, won several city championships, shot a accustat l000 in Vegas, running 3 racks, played a safe, then ran 3 racks &amp; out, 6-0, that made me a 7 for life. I began to win prize money in pro events, and the APA graduated me out of the amateur ranks &amp; proclaimed me to be a playing professional. I have won 40 pool events, all in the amateur areas.

I never once ever entered, or even considered entering a semi pro pool event. These are a joke to me, the lst place guy breaks even, the 3rd place guy makes $300, the rest of the field loses $500 just for showing up. If I cant make money at something, I don&amp;#8217;t do it. The only 2 people who make money at these are the promoter &amp; the room owner.

I never once ever entered or tried to enter a pro event. Knowing the skill level I used to play at, I figured the best I could probably get to, if I took off 2 years &amp; just devoted my entire life to this, would be llth, that was as good as I figured I could get to, because I am a senior citizen, and I am blind in my right dominate eye. I have calculated what the PBT paid out for llth for the last l5 years, and that place has historically paid out $l2,000 a year in prize money. I leave l2 grand a year on bar tops for tips, Let me get this straight, I am going to pay out l2 grand a year to travel to l2 events, make l2 grand, and my yearly grand total is zip. Because I graduated from college, I am a electronic engineer &amp; sales manager for fortune l00 companies, I am used to making big bucks. Working for an entire year, to make zip, to me, is pretty stupid, and I am not stupid.
If I don&amp;#8217;t become a gambler, I starve. Now I hope you understand why I never entered a event, it was because, even if I got lucky, and became the leading money winner, I was already making a 6 figure income, I would be taking a pay cut. The fact that I never entered a pro pool event, does not mean it was because I did not have the ability to do so, it was because the game is on it&amp;#8217;s butt &amp; pay&amp;#8217;s out no money to entice me to do it.

What I do pays great, all of the leading trick shot entertainers makes more than the leading 9 ball players, everyone knows this. This is why none of us plays on the 9 ball tour, well today it is a mute point, there has not been a pro male tour now for several years anyway, and I rest my case about pool being on it&amp;#8217;s butt.

I no longer play pool, I play Artistic pool, this is a new sport, and it is a lot tougher than 9 ball. I enter pro events in this sport, and have become a world champion.
Your running down my playing abilities sir, is very bad, very uncalled for, very sad.

I am sorry you post you have no respect for me, and that I can&amp;#8217;t play, you called a pal &amp; he told you so. Examine that one, then you will see why I have been getting so upset with you people, do not repeat lies, do not repeat rumors, check things out, or keep quiet, passing on lies, can hurt people, very badly.

Those two ferries in NYC posted I was a whoremonger knocking up broads &amp; refusing to pay child support, a damn lie I can prove it is a lie, want to bet l0 grand on it? People have cut &amp; pasted this and are using this fraud, lie, slander &amp; libel, to smear me with, and have already done damage with it. Not one person on this board, came to my defense, when a blind man could see this was a sick joke &amp; fraud. You all crossed the line of decency, and I want as far away from you, as you want from me. Post no more lies about me please, that is my simple request. This board has had a long history of picking up somebody &amp; then making them their whipping boy. I am sick of you playing kick the dog with my name and my reputation, I am out of here, so you are going to have to pick out a new person to attack &amp; degrade. Why not tee off on the two drug addict ferries in NYC, YOU COULD HAVE A FIELD DAY WITH THESE TWO TAIL GUNNERS. Especially the little coward who turned tail &amp; ran when I threatened to drop him in the aisle. Down the aisle he went with his dress flapping up in the wind&amp;#8230;.

Here are some unsolicited letters some people have sent me, after they saw me play. Copies of these are given out to every student, or with every video tape I sell.
Robert Byrne, of billiards Digest and hall of famer, "Larry is King Kong, his 17&amp;#8221; right arm, is the biggest cannon in the game. He has more balls than a Snooker table. The shot&amp;#8217;s on Guninger's tapes are obviously impossible, yet he makes them. I shook my head in disbelief so many times, I have a stiff neck.&amp;#8221;
Jimmy Caras, 3 times world champion, hall of famer, 3rd best player of the 20th century. &amp;#8220; To: Fast Larry, one of the great artistic billiard players ever.&amp;#8221;
Ray Martin, 3 time world champion, hall of famer, writer in Pool &amp; Billiards magazine, &amp;#8220;To Fast Larry, the best shot maker I ever saw, you are the great one, you should be the world champ.
World champion Billy Incardona, &amp;#8220;Larry has come up with some of the most unbelievable trick shots I have ever seen. I just can&amp;#8217;t believe the difficulty level of the shots he has in his repertoire. I still can&amp;#8217;t believe he played &amp; made that 2 table double jump, double bank 2in2 shot.&amp;#8221;
The original Fast Eddy, &amp;#8220; Larry, your shots are unparalled. Nobody has ever gone near or made the difficulty of the shots you are now making.&amp;#8221;
The legend, Fats, &amp;#8220;when I die, you will surely become the best one handed player on earth, why not, I taught it all to you. &amp;#8220; I went on after his passing, and hit the greatest one handed shot of all time, two ll rail banks, back to back, one handed.
Edgar Nickle, European trick shot champion: &amp;#8220;Fast, you are the greatest, you are the best trick shot shooter I ever saw.
TV show producer, Bruce Superstroke Christopher, &amp;#8220;Fast, you are fantastic, the best I ever saw, you should be put in the hall of fame.&amp;#8221;
&amp;#8220;Sunshine Anderson: &amp;#8220;some of the things you do are unbelievable. Some of the shots in the videotapes are beyond description.
Willie Mosconi: You shoot a good stick kid, some of the things you are doing are very good.&amp;#8221;
Jack Koehler, author of many books, &amp;#8220;I received your video tape, it&amp;#8217;s fantastic. The tape is filled with amazing shots that will probably never be duplicated. I&amp;#8217;m sure most avid pool fans will never have a chance to see a 11 rail shot-well I have, thanks to you.&amp;#8221;
Norm the Farmer Weber: &amp;#8220;To my pal, Larry, you&amp;#8217;re the greatest. I was impressed to say the least. There were at least ten shots on your tape which in my opinion were astonishing.&amp;#8221;
Paul Gerni: My friend, Larry Guninger has been very influential in trick shots during the last several years. You may or not be aware of Larry&amp;#8217;s contributions to Ripley&amp;#8217;s believe it or not where he was featured performing a ll rail shot. Larry did make a ball go ll rails. If you have ever tried to do that &amp; did not get a hernia, then you know how tough this has to be.&amp;#8221;

I did not dream these up, they are all in these peoples own handwriting, they just sent them to me, I never asked for one of them. So you see Mr. Popcorn, when you say all I have done is hit a couple of little trick shots, your little opinion, does not really matter much to me, I just ask who in the hell are you, and consider the source, which ain&amp;#8217;t much.

I have been featured in Billiards Digest in full page and multiple page articles twice, and for this alone, you should have showed me some simple respect. I never saw your name in any magazine, and so I really have to ask, who in the hell are you, to be trashing me.

For any one who wants to see the truth, wants to see the record 5 ripley's shots come alive, wants to see what one billion people or l/6th of the planet have already seen, then buy the tape, it is only $20 which includes S&amp;H, 2 hrs long, over a hundred shots, then you can judge, can I play or is popcorn right, I got nothing. The proof is there, and for those who continue to ignore it, go trash somebody else, I am beginning to get really bored with you jealous do nothing, done nothing, nobodies.
Go to www.fastlarrypool.com (http://www.fastlarrypool.com), for the mailing address, 5000 people have seen this tape. Not one person, asked for their money back.

&amp;#8220;Fast Larry&amp;#8221; Guninger

Gayle in MD
07-20-2006, 10:02 PM
You're an artist, alright, a bull$HIT artist.

Go on back down south, and hide yourself away with the snake charmers. JERK!