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IronOaks Breakers Pool Legues spotlight: Fast Eddie Allen

David “the Godfather” Mork, Chairman, IronOaks Breakers Pool League “Fast Eddie” Allen was given his nickname

years after the September 1961 release of the movie The Hustler which starred Paul Newman as Eddie Felson. Although Fast Eddie played as a hustler in his early days at Willie’s Pool Hall in Auburn, Nebraska, he developed his talent on a snooker table, playing against his Dad, who was a farmer. His Dad used to say that “we can’t farm in the rain, so we might as well play pool.” Playing snooker provided him with access to Willie’s pool hall and even the owner noticed Fast Eddie’s talent at an early age. Willie made Fast Eddie a houseman, and he played pool as often as he wanted at no charge. In those days, the loser paid the going rate for the table usage. Seldom did Fast Eddie ever pay for the table. He learned the value of a day’s work and with perseverance good things happen. He attended a country school with 14 others,

four of whom rode horses to

school daily. As one of those four individuals, he stated, “I rode my horse daily through all the mud” and he did that until his family moved to Omaha. Shortly after graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he heard that Western Electric was hiring. Armed with his degree and his work ethic, he applied the next day and was accepted. He was part of the development of the prototype that eventually became a nationwide fi xture in millions of our front yards, that “green box” that houses all the telephone switches and cables for our

land lines. Some 32 years

later he was offered early retirement, and he “took the money and ran.” In 1994, Fast Eddie moved to Sun Lakes and was one of the original founders of the Lucky Shot Pool Club in Cottonwood when it was formed in 1995. He still plays there and recently lost in the 9-ball championship to a fellow IronOaks Breakers Pool League member, | SUN LAKES SPLASH | October 2013

The Women’s Connection May Brunch fashion show

“Fast Eddie” Allen, before match play in 9-Ball for season six of the 2012-2013 Season.

who also plays at the Cottonwood clubhouse pool room, Sam Gilman. Edward E. Allen, Jr. has three grown

children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild. While he does not have the fi rst cue he ever owned, he shared this story, “When I went off to college, I put my pool cue on the fl oor of my room, so as to keep it straight during my absence. When I returned after some years later, I found that my mother had picked it up and leaned it against the closet wall. Needless to say, the cue took the leaning seriously and developed a curve and was ruined.” The takeaway from that story is this, “Don’t lean a cue stick against the wall!” Well, the league was just a little ahead of Fast Eddie’s now told story, as in July 2013, there were 15+ cue racks installed in the pool room to provide a straight line resting place for pool cues when not in use by the players! Welcome to the league, Eddie, and

good luck in the IronOaks Breakers League Championship in 9-Ball, (November 7-9), which you qualifi ed to play in after your win in the second season this year!

Models of the fashion show at the Women’s Connection May Brunch.

Susan Reynhout, Publicity Chairman The Women’s Connection May Brunch

was a wonderful morning of wedding memories. The event had a very festive mood much like attending a wedding! Many of the attendees brought wedding photos and mementos to share. Conversation drifted

to memories both poignant and comical. The delicious brunch was topped off with wedding cake. The highlight of the morning was a lovely fashion show where models wore or carried beautiful wedding attire along with sharing the story attached. This was truly a special morning of memories! 

The 4th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

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Bring the whole family out to enjoy the fourth annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off on Friday, November 8.

Lizzie Olson, Chandler Museum The fourth annual Chandler Chuck

Wagon Cook-Off will be on Friday, November 8. Gates open at 9:00 a.m.; the Campfi re Glow is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join

us on Saturday and Sunday,

November 9-10, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen, Chandler AZ and experience a rare, up- close look at western history at

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Santé of Chandler 825 South 94th St. Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 361-6636

family friendly culinary event. Using historic cooking methods, authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the southwest compete to cook up the best meals fi t for the trail. Wagon teams win prizes in various food categories and the public can purchase these unique chuck wagon meals. Join us Friday evening for a fun Campfi re Glow with cowboy storytelling,

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and s’mores. On Saturday, enjoy the western ambience with performances by internationally acclaimed musicians Pioneer Pepper & the Sunset Pioneers, gun-fi ght reenactments, histtoric demonstrations and hands-on activiitties, wagon rides to

rs ie the Arizona Railwaylway

Museum and more. Sunday includes a chuck wagon breakfast, a youth cook-off and cooking demonstrations by radio/TV personality and author Jan D’Atri. Hosted by the Chandler Museum and

Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch. For more information visit chuckwagon. 

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