Remembering Roger’s Rec Hall the way it was
Several years ago my husband, Marshall Carlisle, wrote a letter (which was printed) about the life of Roger Koetter and a bit of history about Roger’s Rec Hall. It reminded me of my first visit to the Rec over 30 years ago.
My sister, Liz, who was an excellent pool player, was visiting and asked me if there was a real pool hall in town — not a cheesy quarter table. I said yes, but women don’t generally go in there. It wasn’t forbidden or anything like that. Heck, there wasn’t even a women’s restroom.
This did not deter her one iota. So, in we go. You could have heard a pin drop. We played and she beat me like a yard dog. I declared defeat and went to pay. Roger shook his head and did this hand motion that meant “no charge.” From then on and until Roger passed away, I never had to pay.
I did have to pay for the beer.
A women’s restroom was eventually installed and women became a common and welcome sight. I don’t know if anyone else got the deal I got, but as long as Roger was there I never paid a dime.
Roger was a kind, gentle giant. I feel honored and grateful to have known him. He is missed by so many of us. Yes, I still visit the Rec from time to time. It’s changed a lot, but you (or at least, I) can feel his presence. JOY LONG Fayetteville