Billiards exhibitionist gives
eye-popping show in Union
Friday November 11. 1977 The Daily Ta' Hel 3
By JAY JENNINGS
"Now this time," said Paul Gerni. "we're
going to knock the 1 1 ball in the far corner,
and the cue ball will hop over the bridge,
then squirt back under it and knock the 8 ball
in right here."
Murmurs of dissent and skepticism came
irom the 100 or so billiards fans and
onlookers gathered in the Carolina Union
Paul Gerni, nattily attired in a green
leisure suit, smiled and calmly stroked the
cue ball. It happened just like he said it
would, and the crowd applauded madly.
Gerni, 29, who bills himself as a "pocket
billiards exhibitionist," captivated two
Carolina Union audiences Thursday with a
repertoire of eye-popping trick shots like
He is a billiards pro, a repeat national
champion in both pocket billiards and trick
shot competitions. He has performed lor the
Merv Griffin Show, the Bionic Woman and
National Educational Television. What's
more, he's respectable.
With degrees in economics and marketing
from Purdue University, he disdains the
cigar-puffing, beer-stained image of a pool
'shark in favor of promoting billiards as
He tours the country, doing shows on
college campuses and shopping malls.
His shows Thursday featured an hour ol
trick shots and lively patter, with some
audience volunteers trying their hands at
trick shots set up lor them by Gerni.
One woman stroked three balls in three
pockets with one shot on the first try.
surprising no one more than herself.
"1 had Merv Griffin making that shot."
Gerni said, "and he was jumping and
hollering all over the place. Sally Struthers
did it and was kissing everybody in sight.
"Which wasn't bad. I got in line three
Cierni's own incredibly intricate trick
shots didn't always work the first time.
Sometimes it took two or three.
One that did work the first time started
with the careful arrangement of 12 balls on
the table. Gerni sighted, then struck the pile
with the cue ball and all 12 drained
unerringly into the six pockets.
"All right, let's go lor all 15." he said. Hut
only 13 would drop. Gerni looked
momentarily pained, then quipped. "It's still
His finale called for knocking two balls in
two pockets, with the cue ball continuing on
to bank against railings, then rolling up and
back down a series of cue sticks placed on the
table to knock in a final ball.
On the fifth try. it worked and the
audience erupted. Next time you see Lindsay
Wagner do that on TV. don't be fooled. It
was really Paul Gerni.
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Carter: Israel not to be
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Paul Gerni calls himself a "pocket billiards exhibitionist." He says he has never
hustled for a living but, while a student, once made enough in 30 minutes to rent a
tux, shoes, a corsage and a limousine. Staff photo by Mike Sneed.
IE Team captures Pennsylvania tournament
I rom I'nilrd Press International
WASHINGTON President Cartersaid
Thursday Israel should not be condemned
for bombing Lebanon's Palestinian
strongholds to counter terrorist attacks, hut
he warned the Middle l ast is on the verge of
a major outbreak of violence.
He said the problem can be resolved onlv
if the nations invoked stop quibbling over
procedural details of a Geneva peace
conference and begin negotiations.
"1 think the overriding consideration is
not to condemn Israel at this point for
retaliation but just to say that if the
provocations were absent that the retaliation
would have been unnecessary," Carter said
a nationally broadcast news conference.
"And the best way to resolve it is lordiiect
, By MF.I.INDA STOVAI.I.
The DNC Individual Events Team placed first
in the ninth annual Mad Hatter I oiirnamcnt ;ii
Bloomsburg. Pa., winning the sweepstakes and
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I weniv -nine schools competed in the
tournament held Nov. 4 and 5 on the campus ol
Bloimisburg Stale College. I he I NC team
(Hitseiired Clarion, second, and Wilkes, third.
Both are Pennsylvania schools.
"We were shocked." said Stacv CDs.
chairperson ol the secretarial committee ol the
team. "Wc thought they were kidding at Inst
because we didn't have that nun people in the
I Is Hilt we did well in the preliminai ks ami
that's what helped us."
She evplained that points lor lust, second and
third plates were tabulated in the pn.-liniinaiA
lounds. and points obtained in the sennlinal and
linal rounds were added to this total.
( o said the team will keep the sweepstakes
Contmuud ttom page 1
(iold gave an example: "It's just
common sense for a biker to use an
alternate route rather than ride down
1 ranklin Street in rush hour traffic.
"We're not just picking on bicyclists."
he said. "We just want them to conform
to the law."
trophy permanently, but the tiavelmg trophy tor
lirst place nuist he lelin ned when the tournament
is held again nest veal.
" I he tournament was a pietty good one." said
Ralph I hoiupson. dun person ol the eoaehiug
committee, who won two awards. "I he
competition was good, but the tournament was
not epnte as big as a big 1 astein tournament."
Indiv idual w timers were I hompson.a semoi ail
histoi v-chcmislrv niaior Irom lUiiham who made
the seniilin.ils in poetr and won louith in piose;
lorn 1'ieslon. a iniiioi aeeounling majoi liom
mston-Salem. who made the semifinals in
impiomptu speaking. Ralph W eeks, a siiphomorc
uiaih maioi liom Wilmington, who made the
seinilinals in prose. David Hopkins, a sophomore
i ntet d isei pli ua i y studies maioi from
Hloonnngton. Ind.. who won louith place in
evtenipoianeoiis speaking, and Jennie I amm. a
iunioi diamatie ails niair liom Chapel Hill, who
won second plan' in poetry
I he I C loam will compete next at the (ileal
I astern No. 2 I oii'iiamenl to be held Nov. IK and
I1' on the campus ol (ieoige Mason ('diversity
neai V ashiugloii. I ) I
"We hope to win a sweepstakes award, lli.tt is.
place in the top live at this tournament."
Ihompson said. "Hut we will have to see which
teams will be there and how many of out own team
will be going."
On other topics. Carter said that charges
lodged against former CIA Director Richard
Helms were not a "badge of honor" as
Helms' attorney contended; that he supports
the idea behind the Humphrey-Hawkins
lull-employment bill and will announce
details of his position on it soon, and that
there is no disharmony between him anil
federal Reserve Hoard Chairman Arthur
1 he president's comments on the Middle
1 ast came a day after Israel bombed
Lebanon's southern border region in
retaliation lor what lei Aviv described as
Palestinian rocket attacks on the resort town
Scores ol people were killed by the Israeli
bombs and Carter said that while (he loss of
life was deplorable, it was the result of an
attack-counterattack pattern that can only
end thtotigh peace negotiations.
Meany accuses Stevens
WASHING ION Al l.-CIO President
(ieorge Meany Thursday endorsed a
revolutionary antitrust suit accusing J. P.
Stevens and Co., a big textile firm, ol
conspuing against union organi'ing in the
Meany told a news conference the suit
shows the Amalgamated Clothing and
I ci ile W orkers union is "doing everything a
union can do. legitimately and legally," to
secure justice lor the Stevens workers.
He said the campaign against J. P. Stevens
includes u barrage of law suits, an
international consumer boycott and efforts
to amend labor law
"We know... this this effort is going to
succeed," Meany said.
I he suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District
Court in New York, accused Stevens of
conspiring with unnamed textile firms,
Chambers of Commerce, local public
officials and trade associations to keep
unions out of the South.
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