Dear Mr. Scott Nilsson,
I found out Frank died a few years ago and I was devastated to the point that all I could do is find a web-site that had a memorial on it about Frank and after that, I didn't even search for his name again until today, June 1 2018.
As a kid, I learned a little about playing pool, but when I got to college at LBCC I found out about Frank' course in scientific methods to pool. I actually still have the binder of materials he handed out to his many students. I still use his material to help other people how to play better.
I recall visiting Frank' house one day, we were talking about all sorts of stuff and we were watching the movie "10" with Bo Derek on his TV. I think that was 1977.
Frank' class was a revelation to me in many ways and had a huge impact not only in how I play pool, but how I think about applied science, how to truly focus on a task screening out all distractions, patience, carefully examining any situation from all angles and many other skills I carried into my working life.
His class also carried into my personal life and what Frank taught me about pool provided me with a way to interact with people, especially women, in a way that was utterly innocent and yet still allowed me enough time and conversation with people to begin friendships and even relationships. The pool skills he taught me allowed me to show off a little without looking like I was showing off.
My first date with my wife was over a pool table at a pool hall that Frank told me about here in the SF bay area called "California Billiards" on Steven Creek Blvd. We have spent a great many hours playing pool over the years since.
Frank was the person who introduced me to Meucci pool cues. He was selling them to order from the factory. I could only afford an MO-2, but I always wished I could have afforded the same model that Franks owned, an MO-7. It was beautiful and now that I have a bit more money, I've been trying for years to find one to buy and remember Frank by.
I had fully intended to continue his class at LBCC after I graduated, but my mother needed me to go out in the world and make a good living and send money home to support my baby brother and the real money in my occupation is here in Silicon Valley. I only got to talk with him a few times after that and when I came back to visit years later, LBCC said he was no longer teaching there and didn't have a way for me to contact him.
I never met any of Frank's family, but I would be happy to know they would be aware of how much Frank meant to people who took his classes.
Thanks for your post,
Mountain View, CA.