L.S. Dennis
09-08-2003, 10:44 PM
This is an article that I did for a now defunct newsletter some years ago. I came across it tonight and thought I would share it with you. Without futher ado, here it is:

I don't recall what I saw the first time I peeked through the door of Sequoia Billiards, but I do remember heareing the clicking of the balls. I had no idea that my life would revolve around the place for the next three years.
The year was 1962, and my father owned a liquor store on Main Street in Redwood City, California. As a 12-year old boy, I often hung around the store, and it was only a matter of time before curiosity drew me across the street and into the pool room operated by Dorothy and Jimmy Wise. I had the privilege of knowing them both and learned to play pool at Sequoia Billiards.


Dorothy was always kind to me. At some point even before I began playing regularly, I had a couple of pet rats, the kind you bought in a pet store. I wandered into Sequoia one afternoon with the rats on my shoulder. The room was empty-
no one was playing on any of the 16 Gold Crown 1 tables, no one sat in the theater-style seats that lined the perimeter of the playing area. Dorothy was behind the register, and instead of throwing me and my rats out the door,she opened a bag of sunflower seeds from the display on the counter and helped me feed them. Sunflower seeds, she assured me were very good for my rats's fur.
I got the pool bug bug very quickly. Dorothy and Jimmy charged $1.00/hour for playing time, and it wasn't long before I was coaxing my father out of a dollar here, fifty cents there. Dorothy did not teach me to play; Jimmy was the one for instruction. He'd come over and tell me to use a little inside english to make the object ball hug the rail. Dorothy, though, definitely taught me pool room etiquette. More than once, in a motherly fashion, she scolded me or my friends for using foul language after a miss.


For a long time, I didn't even realize that Dorothy played. I knew her only as the nice lady who worked in the pool room. Then one day, I saw her come from behind the counter to practice. She racked the balls, then spun the rack as she lifted it, spiraling them smoothely onto the table. I watched in awe as Dorothy ran rack after rack. I'd never seen anyone run 35 or 40 balls. I couldn't wait to get out to a phone to call one my friends to say, "Guess what I just saw Dorothy do!" (I'll continue this true story of my memory of Dorothy Wise tomorrow, hope you're enjoying it!)

09-09-2003, 07:14 AM
keep it coming,, thanks !!

L.S. Dennis
09-10-2003, 08:23 AM
I'm glad you're enjoying it, it's been a pleasure sharing these memories. I'll try to conclude with the third part tonight.