On May 14, 2016, Paul Huebler turned 89. On June 8th, he passed away. One of the icons in the cue industry, Paul will be greatly missed by his friends and family and the many players who own or have owned a Huebler.
I am one of those players. My very ever-first cue I owned, was a yellow-toned beautiful and beautifully-played Huebler.
Another great one in Heaven. RIP, Sir.
Here is his story (from his obit), which shows what a great life he lived:
Paul attended school in Chamois and was of the catholic faith. He served his country in the United States Army.
the youngest of eight children, developed a knack for woodworking at an
early age because his father and grandfather were both cabinetmakers.
Paul also developed a love for the game of pool. Unfortunately, an
accident at a young age kept him from pursuing a career as a billiards
player. However, it did not stop him from owning a billiards room in
Chamois and sponsoring many tournaments there. It was at his billiards
room that he met Harold Schmidt, who was the owner of the A.E. Schmidt
Company, a manufacturer of billiard supplies in St. Louis. In 1958, Paul
was offered a job with them and later became their national sales
representative where he built a loyal client base in many Midwestern
In 1965, Paul surprised the Schmidt’s with the news
that he was going to be a Catholic Missionary in Papua, New Guinea.
While in New Guinea, Paul supervised natives there for 5 years in a
lumber mill and this is where he learned about different types of exotic
Paul came back to the United States in 1970 and
immediately resumed his job with A.E. Schmidt Company. While Paul was in
New Guinea the movie “The Hustler” came out and regenerated billiard
play throughout the country. It seemed every pool player had to have a
two-piece cue exactly like the one Minnesota Fats used to lick Fast Eddy
in the movie.
In 1973, Paul left the Schmidt’s to start Huebler
Industries in Linn. The Schmidt family helped him secure a loan and were
also among his first customers.
Paul’s cues were known as “the
straightest handcrafted cues on the market” and they sold for anywhere
from $54 to several thousand dollars. Pool players from as far away as
Germany, Japan, Russia and Australia have used his cues. Paul also
served as President of the Billiards Congress of America, a Colorado
Springs, Colorado based trade organization from 1982-1985.