On March 7, Google featured Masako Katsura, sometimes referred to as the “First Lady of Billiards”, in their home page doodle. One of the first inductees into the Women's Professional Billiard Association Hall of Fame, Katsura grew up playing the sport and at the age of 15 won Japan’s women's championship straight rail tournament.
In 1952, Katsura competed in the World Championship Billiards tournament, finishing seventh ahead of three prominent male players.
Sitting on the far right of the doodle, given away by his mustache, beret and all – is LAEP Professor Charles “Chip” Sullivan. A frequent flier of the pool hall, Sullivan plays with Google’s animation director and held his office hours in the pool hall while he taught.
Creatures of billiards, we celebrate and recognize Katsura and Professor Sullivan for their shared passion and individual achievement.
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