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  • [Once a Star raw: Minnesota Fats #1]

    [Once a Star raw: Minnesota Fats #1]

    An interview with revered pool hustler, Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone. With tales from his life, Fats recalls his illustrious career as a pool player and card shark, describing the places he’s visited around the world, how he earned the “Minnesota Fats” moniker, and a time when he was able to draw over 300,000 people to watch him play pool. It was shot for the documentary Once a Star. Continue reading

  • Once A Star #2

    Once A Star #2

    The second of two hour-long programs profiling former professional athletes. The show focuses on these athletes’ lives after retiring from sports, with archival footage sprinkled throughout. We get an in-depth look at these personalities, while also indirectly getting a sense of the difference between professional sports of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s versus today: virtually all of the athletes work for a living. This program includes segments on Former Chicago Bears Doug Atkins and Bill Wade;  pioneer female jockey Robyn Smith; hockey’s Dennis and Bobby Hull; pool hustler and oddball raconteur Minnesota Fats; baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn; and former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. Continue reading