1988, Joe addressed a problem that he knew could
be resolved with a little thinking.
If you enjoy playing an occasional game of
pool on a coin slot bar table, you know how
aggravating it can be when you don't have all
fifteen balls to rack and play the game. This
problem occurs when a cube of cue chalk falls
into the ball return track and blocks some of the
balls from returning to the appropriate location
inside the table.
Chalk Saver is a cue chalk dispenser uniquely
designed for vending pool tables. Five pieces of
standard cue chalk are placed in the dispenser then
mounted to each side of a pool table under the
player applies cue chalk by inserting the
pool cue tip into either end of the dispenser and
rotating the stick, similar to using a pencil
sharpener. As the chalk is used, the cue tip
continues to drill a hole through to the next
block of chalk.
innovation resolved three problems for amusement
pool table down time
late night service calls.
cue chalk waste and replacement.
players were also very happy to see that chalk was
easily accessible and they did not have to play
the game with fewer balls than intended.
the 1989 Billiard Congress of America (BCA) trade
show in Las Vegas, Joe's marketing team introduced Pool Chalk Saver to the billiard
was such a hit that several other vendors stopped
by to see if we were giving money away. They said,
people were so excited about our idea that they
walked right past all the other booths to find us
in the show. Within three days, we established
distribution throughout the United States and
evening we were invited to attend the Mike Segal
hall of fame banquet. Joe had a wonderful time
meeting all the top players and a huge surprise
when Willie Mosconi decided to sit in the chair
next to him for dinner instead of at the head
table next to Fats. Willie told Joe his life story
about how he played pool standing on a milk crate
as a youngster while his father made side bets on
later, we signed a license with Miller
Brewing to use their logo on the Pool Chalk Saver
dispenser. Obviously, Pool Chalk Saver was a
success and was later sold to our largest distributor.
1953 - Present
at 35, became the youngest male elected to
the BCA Hall of Fame. Born in Rochester,
N.Y. Sigel began playing pool at 13, and
turned professional when he was 20. A
natural right-hander who shoots left-handed,
Sigel won his first major tournament, the
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, in 1975. His
career blossomed quickly, and Sigel was
perhaps the game's dominant player in the
1980s. He amassed 38 major 14.1 and 9-ball
championships in that decade. Sigel has won
three World 14.1 crowns (1979, 1981 and
1985) and one World 9-Ball title (1985) as
well as numerous national titles.
Saving Christmas one tree at a time.