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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THI LITHBRIDGf HtRAlD TSurtdny, 14, 1971 Boston Siiorty goes down to detent The battle of the pool hustlers Boston Shorty makes his shot in battle of giants Dears This feature-packed Kenmore even comes with a dock-controlled, self-basting rotisserie for year 'round barbecuing! That's value! Jusl check.out all these quality features: automatic off oven. High-speed oven pre-heat. Controlled variable broil that lels you adjust the heat, not the meat. Infinite heat, plug-out elements. Large oyen window. Timed appliance outlet. Removable oven door for easy clean-up. Non-spill, recessed porcelain top. And this beautiful Kenmore range is finished in mar-resistant. White acrylic for lasting good-looks. S 249 wf.nl or money rnlund.il it Simpsons-Soars you 90! the lines! guarantee uenMUMi .wvi MtlltKllon or mtmty nfundtd me xtirj (roe delivery prwocu you ewry Inch or Ihn my STORE HOURS: Opon Dally 9 a.m. lo 5.30 p.i Thundoy and Friday 9 o.m. lo p.m. Contro Tnlophonn 328-9231 New York Times Service NEW YORK By 2 o'clock on a recent Tuesday afternoon the dank subterranean hall that is McGirr's Billiard Academy was filling with men, who broke into groups and talked excitedly about the imminent head-to- head thi-ce-cushion billiard con- frontation between Jimmy (the Cat) Cattrano and Larry (Bos- ton Shorty) Johnson. In all about a hundred men had filed down I he steps of the pool hall at 709 8lh Ave. and bought J2 tickets lor the first four matches between the two players, who in pool hall cir- cles are generally believed lo be the best three-cushion play- ers in the United Stales, or al least on the East Coast, or cer- tainly in the Northeast. The as- sessments varied with the com- mentators. Once inside the room, the fans clustered in sub groups, each of which had its distinc- tive costumes. There were, for example, the hats. These were men, mostly in their 60's. They all wore straw fedoras, or pork- pies, and seemed to be retired. The hats liked Boston Shorty, who at A3 hart been arounrl a while. "He's good wilh the pres- said one ot the hats. A second large group was made up of young men in their early 20's, many of whom wore high-heel shoes. Like the hats they were busily seeking to drum up bets, but unlike them, the shoes flashed their money more openly, peeling bills off their rolls. Mostly, the shoes liked "the pointing out that he was "the coming cham- and that he had not even lost a single game in his last eight tournaments. Johnson entered the hall alone. He wore a porkpie' hat and a windbreaker. He is five feet two inches tall and has been making his living with a cue stick [or 29 years. His home base is Boston, but he travels a lot. Shorty differs from many pool hustlers in that he is equally adept at billiards as he Is at pocket pool. "There's not much money in he said. Three-cushion billiards, he j explained, is to pool as chess j la to checvers. j Stan Gordon, who owns Me- j Girr's and booked the match. I I also compared the game to I 1 chess and said he hoped it I would become popular. "A player can play three- cushion all his life and never have the same shot Gordon said. The game Is played with three balls on a table measur- ing five by 10 feet The idea, roughly, is for the player to Ml his ball into another ball I and then have his ball carom ofl three rails or cushions and then strike the third ball. II lakes a" geometric imagination, a sure stroke, and if the money riding on Ihe game is heavy, sure nerves. At Caltrano came in. He is a heayyset man who learned lo play in his father's billiard parlor in Flushing, N.Y. Now as to finances. Gordon said thai he had put up a prize of for tbe winner of Ihe 240-poin( match that was brok- en into 60-poinl blocs. Gordon allowed as there might be more money involved some- where. Finally, at p.m. Hie game began. The audience took seals around Ihe table and now talk- ed only in whispers. In the earJy part of the game Shorty was winning. He would make two or three billiards or points before missing. Cattrano was missing narrowly, wilh Ihe ball jusl passing that third elu- sive target. But then wilh the score II to 4 in Shorty's favor, Cattrano, who- had been talking to him- self, found his stroke. He made one shot in which the ball swung around five cushions. Then another, ind another. Shorty sat and smoked, looking impassive as his lead dwindled. After each billiard that Cattrano made the crowd clapped in a show of non- partisan sportsmanship. The player from Flwhlnf made 11 points before he miss- ed. This kind of run If consid- ered very good. The highest ever made al McGirr's hu been IB. The streak turned Uu game around and although Shorty fought back with ap- plause-gaining shots of Mi own he could not recover Ml vanUge. After a game Hut took two houri he had lost en to Agriculture is chief item in Jordan s economic plan TEHRAN (CP) After liv- ing through the hoiTors of war, both across and within its borders lor aJraost a quarter of a century, a new experience will be coming to Jordan in the new nomic planning. The coun- try's first three-year plan, for 1973-75, is expected to be pub- lished soon but already has succeeded in attracting con- siderable attention to the kingdom bordering Israel. Wisely enough the modest plan will aim mainly aL reviv- ing Jordan's shattered agri- cultural economy, but also will focus on tourism and the development of light Indus- tries. Agriculture and tourism were the mainstay of the economy of Jordan, which has a population of about two mil- lion, until the 1967 war with Israel. The hostilities resulted In the loss of the fertile West Bank to Israel. Subsequent Israeli action against the Palestinian guer- rillas based in or around the East Bank of the Jordan River valley prevented ade- quate use of whatever re- mained of Jordan's agricul- tural territory until 1970-71. After the 1967 war Jordan's economy was being propped by million annual assist- ance from Libya, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Both Libya and Kuwait cut off their assist- ance, amounting to 522.5 mil- lion and million, respec- tively, after Jordan's expul- sion of the guerrillas from her territory following the short but bloody civil war in 1970 and 1971. Compounding this economic punishment Syria sealed her borders for Jordanian exports via Lebanese polls. The clo- sure of the Suez canal already had limited the use of Aqaba on the Red Sea as an outlet lor Jordan's produce. The Syrians also closed their air space to Jordanian aircraft, forcing the Jordan- ian national airlines to use a circuitous route via Cyprus and Egypt to reach Amman. This economic pressure from hostile Arab neighbors had the effect of pushing King Hussein closer to a detente with trie Israelis. Unofficial reports say Israel I last summer was considering a deal with Amman to permil Jordan to u.se Gaza harbor to Import goods. These imports would necessarily have to cross Israeli territory before entering Jordan vl> the East Bank. There has been no con- firmation' whether the lieessarUy been iVs.sMv struck. However, other reports say Israel is permit- ting Jordan to buy her agri- cultural needs from the raeb'-held West The recent visit of Gul'l Mayor Hashed Sbawa to Amman, where he net King Hussein and other top Jordtn- ian officials, has raised spec- ulation about what is happen- ing behind the scenes. Israel Is known lo be spending to develop Gat'I port facilities, though this if primarily meant to ease the burden on Haifa to north. Jordan's Arab meanwhile, appear to have become concerned about pressing King Hussein too close to tfic Israelis. Syria, for example! relaxed border re- strictions, permitting trucki carrying Jordanian phos- phates to cross Syrian terri- tory on their way to Lebanese ports. King Hussein has himself closed Jordan's borders to the north, affecting both Lebanese and Syrian trade with coun- tries to the south like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Per- sian Gulf states. The LetHbridge Herald think PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS Identify this political lender whoae party won the third largest number of setts In Parliament. What U hlB home riding? HOW DO YOU RATE? Ti n in poinn onoA 1 lo 100 polim TOP ICOHEI u 70 polnll Fur. II in 90 polnti CiMllnnl. Undirl 1 I H'mrnl FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION How- do you fee) about the outcome of the U.S. presidential nlecllon? YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yonnelf 10 points for each correct answer. 1 Britain's Prime Minister Heath ordered, on and t-SO-dty b-BWay 9 The cert of IMng Is rising thronghont fhi world. The nation with the highest inflation rite In the pe.it decade has been although gorernment is reducing It to manageable proportions. b-Braztl c-the United Ort of put Canadian electiou, how many hive resulted In minority 1-1 b-4 e-6 4 Prune Minister Trudem Mid tint MB Gorera- ment (CHOOSE ONEt would, would not) Intro- duce t new budget 6 External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp Bald that under no conditions would Canada take part In u International body to Birperriu 8 net Nun ceasefire. True or False? PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for eHch word that you can. match with its correct meaninp. 1.....barometer a-studies and collect! 2.....Philatelist b-ntudles votinK trends S.....thermometer ment I.....psephologist d-mfasures Rtmoepheria 6.....seismometer e-measuros temperature) PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take B points for names that you can correctly malch with the clues. 1.....Prince Philip a-Chancellor, West Orrmflny Barrel b-Premler, East Qermany l.-.-Wllli Stoph fl.....Prince Chsrlrs 1113-72 o-Duke of Edinburgh d-Prlnoe of e-Chrlntlnn Democrntlo cnnrtldntp for West German ChflJirnlJor VEC, Inc. .STUDENTS This Practice Eximinition! ANSWERS ON REVERSE PAGE Valuable Reference Material lor Exami ;