"Dr. Don"

Don began playing pool at the age of eleven when his family moved to Mexico, Mo. At that time, Mexico had five separate pool halls open every day except Sunday. As a child Don didn't have a lot of money so he worked out a deal with the house man to clean the spittoons, tables, restrooms and floors in order to play free. This allowed him quite a bit of free time to learn to play the game. After many years of practice he began to develop his stroke and was on his way to becoming a pretty good player.

At seventeen Don began taking short road trips to surrounding towns to gamble at the pool halls. His game got a lot better and he learned to shoot under pressure. He eventually went to California where he began earning enough money playing pool to support himself on the road until he got back home in Mexico, Mo. Shortly there after, 1965, Don moved to Burlington, Iowa where he met the living legend Maynard Parrish. At this point Don realized that the level of play was much higher than he had ever envisioned.

For the next twenty years he continued to play pool on the side while selling Kirby vacuum cleaners for a living. One day he decided to just quit his job and go on the road shooting pool. For three years he traveled the Midwest, the East and Southern states playing pool in bars and pool rooms. In 1985 he began teaching pool lessons and acquired the name "Dr. Don". Two years later, he taped lessons for PBS which aired three times a day for six weeks. During this time Don played in over three thousand local pool tournaments.

Over the next several years he continued to play in tournaments in Texas and Missouri. All of this experience led Don to develop a tool for performing quality jump shots. That tool is the EZ-Jumper. Don currently lives in Laddonia, Mo. and still plays in a lot of pool tournaments throughout Missouri and Illinois.

"I have played in over 3,000 tournaments, including 5 Missouri State Tournaments. My best finishes in the Missouri State Tournaments have been two 3rd place finishes and one 4th place finish. Over the past 54 years I've played from 10 cents a game up to over $10,000 a set."




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