Each month, we ask an Indiana Humanities friend or partner how he or she thinks, reads and talks. We feature that someone in the “How do you identify with the humanities” section of our e-newsletter. This month, it’s professional billiards and Indiana resident Jeanette Lee (AKA “The Black Widow”). Jeanette’s story about her passionate love of the game is one of many featured in the Spirit of Competition Traveling Exhibit, which will debut at the Indiana Historical Society on April 18.
Think. It’s something most people don’t make the time to do but should. We get caught up in a rat race of what we believe we should be doing, but if we took more time to think, we could make better decisions. Decisions that help the quality of our lives.
Read. A world of knowledge, experiences, imagination, that is not limited to what we personally see or experience. We can learn so much from others. It’s challenging, and sometimes gives us the chance to believe in ourselves and others more because what we learn from reading is that anything is possible.
Talk. The greatest thing about talking is that we can communicate to others. This helps us understand each other, learn from each other, love each other and support each other, just by talking. I absolutely love talking…but just as much, I love to listen to others talk because I can connect with people so much deeper than if there were no talking at all!
In 1993, Jeanette’s hard work and unrelenting pursuit of excellence in the game of pool resulted in her professional debut at the age of 21. She turned pro as a full-time member of the Women’s Professional Billiards Association (WPBA) only three years after picking up the sport at age18. In only her first year as a pro, Lee rocketed into the ranks of the top ten in the WPBA. Less than two years later, at the age of 23, Lee was ranked the number one women’s professional pool player in the world.
Jeanette Lee entered the professional pool world with fury. Her reputation grew to legendary proportions as the world came to know her as “The Black Widow,” a persona Lee acquired through her ability to overwhelm, almost devour, her opponents in combination with exclusively wearing black attire during tournaments.