"Billy often rejects the term gunfighter placed upon him. His modesty makes me ill. Yes, he had a great winning record and liked to match up with just a little bit the best of it, but he spent a career playing the best players in the world for big, big money...
I have known Billy since he first came up to Chicago from Pittsburgh, and was then known as "Billy the Kid." Deep down I really love the guy, but most of the time I would enjoy strangling him for his mule-headedness. We have been playing against each other and arguing for the last 40 years. I remember clearly, and treasure, the few times I have beaten him."
- Freddy 'the Beard' Bentivegna, The 'Encyclopedia' of Pool Hustlers