Willie MosconiBilliard world championHADDON HEIGHTS, N.J...


September 18, 1993

HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J. — Willie Mosconi

Billiard world champion

HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J. -- Willie Mosconi, 80, a world champion billiards player for nearly two decades, died Thursday of a heart attack at his home here.

An inductee in the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame, he won the world title 15 times between 1940 and 1957. Among the Haddon Heights resident's career highlights was his 1941 world championship title in the longest billiard tournament event in the game's history, according to Pool & Billiard Magazine's June issue.

That round-robin event featured the top eight players, each of whom would play every other player 32 times. Participants played five days a week over a six-month period in six cities. Mr. Mosconi set many records during the tournament, including the fastest game of record with 125 points in 30 minutes.

Other records he still holds from other matches include his exhibition high run of 526 balls in the game of straight pool.

The Philadelphia native was a technical adviser for the 1960 movie, "The Hustler," loosely based on the life of his longtime pool rival Rudolph Wanderone, better known as Minnesota Fats. Mr. Mosconi also helped Tom Cruise when he co-starred with Paul Newman in the 1986 sequel, "The Color of Money." LOS ANGELES -- Glenn E. Smiley, a civil rights activist who advised Martin Luther King Jr. on the techniques of nonviolence, died of a stroke Tuesday. He was 83.

In the 1950s, as Mr. Smiley was working with a group called the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Dr. King sought the organization's support.

Mr. Smiley founded the Los Angeles chapter of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolence in 1990 and was the chapter's first executive director. He later taught nonviolence in South America under the auspices of the National Council of Churches and the National Council of Catholic Bishops. ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Jazz guitarist Steve Philip Jordan, 74, who played with Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, died of heart failure Monday at his home here, according to his biographer Tom Scanlan.

Mr. Jordan played with Artie Shaw in 1941-1942, the Navy band from 1942-1945, several other orchestras as the second half of the '40s began, and then with Stan Kenton in 1948 and Boyd Raeburn in 1949. He went to work in the production department at NBC in the early 1950s and then played for Benny Goodman from 1953 to 1956.

In his "Encyclopedia of Jazz," critic Leonard Feather called Mr. Jordan an able rhythm section guitarist in the tradition of Count Basie guitarist Freddie Green. His memoir, "Rhythm Man: 50 Years in Jazz," was published in 1991.

* Paul A. Schilpp, 96, a philosopher and former professor at Southern Illinois University, died Sept. 6 in St. Louis. He was the creator of the Library of Living Philosophers, a 21-volume series featuring the ideas of the 20th century's greatest thinkers.

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