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Golf is one of bowling's greatest rivals for Americans' recreational dollars By Dick Evans

BPAA rates A double bogey score for including a golf tournament on a busy Tuesday seminar schedule at International Bowl Expo

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Way back in 1979, I got a letter from then BPAA President Dick Richards critical of a column I wrote in The Miami Herald that was critical of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America for running golf and tennis tournaments at the Mid-Winter Board of Directors meeting in Miami. Golf is a direct rival of bowling when it comes to the recreational dollar and for national publicity, so I see no reason for a bowling convention to hold an ORGANIZED golf event.



Breaking free from the house condition mindset By Gianmarc Manzione

Confessions of a Typical House Bowler Part I

GianmarcManzione_small.jpgA bowler can come to harbor many delusions over the course of 20 years in house shot leagues, but few compare to the delusion that I myself once entertained as a member of the same league as the great Bo Burton at Stuart Lanes in Stuart, Fla. in the 2004-2005 season. There, as I watched Bo rack up one 700 series after another and, on occasion, an 800 series, I almost believed that the discrepancy between the 214 average I myself recorded there and the 235 average that Burton maintained was merely a matter of 20 pins or so.



Everything you didn't want to know about USBC Convention By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Trust is something that is earned and not granted automatic entry into our brains. It is especially true in bowling where the old gutter-ball shooters would flirt with the gutter on their strike deliveries but had trust that their timing would be perfect and the ball would end up the strike pocket. My beliefs about trust seeped into my brain at the USBC Convention April 30 when President Jeff Bojé pointed out how important trust is to the future growth of the United States Bowling Congress.



USBC President Jeff Bojé answers 10 Questions before USBC Convention Opens in Reno

By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgUSBCJeffBoje_small.jpgJeff Bojé (r.) delivered the most inspirational speech I have ever heard at Bowl Expo when he was elected president of the BPAA during the 2004 convention in Las Vegas. Since Bojé's term as BPAA president was over and he had idle seconds in his life, he ran for USBC president and the board elected him to the position. His term ends Aug. 1 and he will preside over his final USBC convention April 27-May 1 in Reno, Nev.



Florida bowling legend Max Booke dies Sunday at age 93 By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Max Booke, whose career took off when he joined Piper Aircraft in 1936 and soared after he entered the bowling business in 1961, died Sunday at the age of 93 in Jacksonville. Booke was a unique individual because he started out dealing with boring financial books and wound up dealing with complex human beings. To know Max Booke was to like him and appreciate his ability as a businessman who got involved in his communities' endeavors.



Are today's two-handed bowler yesterday's Dodo bowler? By Ted Thompson

ColumnistTedThompson2_small.jpgWhen reading about USBC's recent quest to coach the two-handed style of bowling, I could not help but think back to some articles that were shared about the early days of the ABC and how the leaders of the time governed the game. In those very early times of governance, when the game was still being defined at a rapid pace, a new crop of hotshot bowlers came into vogue because some of the more ingenious players figured out how to make exotic bowling balls and use them to their advantage. Those early high tech balls were known then as 'dodo balls' and the players that used them were called 'dodo bowlers.'



Enough is Enough! By Jim Salisbury

"Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport - the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, the human drama of athletic competition..." ABC's Wide World of Sports Introduction
Every Saturday, when I was a much younger soul, like clockwork this poem recited. After the bowling match reached its conclusion, the last "so long" from the bowling venue ushered in these fine words. So familiar was its chant that you could close your eyes and just imagine the terrible spill that each week on cue, the unfortunate ski jumper would undertake.



Storm Golden Ladies Classic celebrates its 20th anniversary By John Jowdy

BWAAJohnJowdy_small.jpg The Storm Golden Ladies Classic tournament will be held at the Orleans Hotel-Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas from March 8-10. The tournament is open to all women over the age of fifty. The Storm Golden Ladies Tournament isn't just an ordinary bowling tournament. This year, almost 80 bowlers entered the event and, although it is a highly competitive event, it is a social event. It is more like a tea party, and a chance for old friends to gather and enjoy themselves in friendly competition.



Water no longer is only official drink of USBC Open Championships in Reno By Dick Evans

Say hello to alcoholic drinks (if so desired) while bowling

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg I am sure that all the members of the USBC Board of Directors agonized over the tough decision to change 100 years of history and allow alcoholic beverages to be purchased by bowlers during the prestigious United States Bowling Congress' Open National Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. To me, this a decision that has both a right and wrong aspect, depending on how you view the USBC Open Championships, which for years was promoted as the Showcase Event of the ABC.



USBC apparently takes first step in slashing budget By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Sometimes it hurts to be right. Through the mail Thursday, I got three issues of the Colorado Bowler News publication and I glanced at my stories -- because I often forget what I have written. My story in the December issue carried this headline: "USBC Faces Difficult Financial Times That Could Result in Drastic Measures to Save Money". Sadly, the day after I read my story again I got a call from John Jowdy. The first thing he asked me was if I had heard about who had been laid off by the USBC.



Look out Eldorado window and you see what has helped change Reno's image By Dick Evans

Reno leaders gambled on National Bowling Stadium and it has paid off

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Looking down at the lights of downtown Reno from my 18th floor room at the Eldorado Hotel/Casino made me realize what a great role that bowling and the Eldorado have played in the revitalization of this once cowboy gambling Mecca. The first time I drove through Reno in the 1960s the rave in the casino I visited was about the upcoming rodeo. It was not surprising because there were a lot of cowboys in the casino and I liked the sign hanging over Virginia Street: "The biggest little city in the world."



Bob Summerville - an unforgettable character By John Jowdy

BWAAJohnJowdy_small.jpg The prestige of Bowling This Month bowling publication has been nothing short of miraculous, particularly the impact it has had on fervent bowlers. With all due respect to other bowling publications, BTM has become the Bible among pro shop operators and bowlers who take the game seriously. It is the realization of a dream come true for its founder, Bob Summerville, the most passionate bowler-person I have ever met.



"The Stars Shine Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas"

Grand Opening of the International Bowling Campus by Joan B. Taylor

2010BowlingSummit_small.jpgColumnistJoanTaylor_small.jpgThe theme of the grand opening was "The Stars Shine Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas" and it was no exaggeration writes Joan B. Taylor (r.). The grand opening of the International Bowling Campus in Arlington Texas was embedded in a bowling summit over three days. People came in from all over the country and a few from outside the US for the Southern Bowling Writers Dinner and Roast, a BWAA Board Meeting, and two days of seminars wrapped around a mini-expo.



International Bowling Campus to feature best of yesterday and tomorrow By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg There have been famous duos who have changed history in one way or another by thinking as individuals but working as a historic team. The bowling industry has its own version of a dynamic duo in John Berglund and Jeff Bojé and the fruition of their impossible dream becomes a reality Jan. 25 with the dedication of the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas. Bojé, as president of the USBC, and Berglund, as executive director of the BPAA, appeared to me to operate as two men with one mind.

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Three Wise Men answer eight questions

Dick Evans on the opening of the new International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgIt is the glorious holiday time of the year when you hear songs about three wise men who lived 33 years before the current calendar was founded. And that brought to mind three wise men -- Pat Ciniello, Keith Hamilton and Bill Supper -- who are about to give the bowling world a wonderful gift that will be remembered for generations. It will be called the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame and will be located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.



Let's hope Sarah Palin does her bowling homework before Bowl Expo By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg I may be a minority of one but, when I go to any sports convention I expect the keynote speaker to be the Billy Graham of his/her sport and extol the virtues of that sport and charge up everyone in the audience. So imagine my surprise when I read that Sarah Palin, the GOP's vice-presidential nominee last year, was going to be the keynote speaker during the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America's Bowl Expo next June in Las Vegas.



Mary Jane Ciraco may not be greatest bowler, but she represents what is great about sport

By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg I have met many great bowlers in my life but none have impressed me more than Mary Jane Ciraco because of her love for the game and determination not to lose a bowling step as she moved around the country. To know Mary Jane is to know a 24/7 upbeat person who enjoys life to its fullest no matter whether it is on the golf course, the tennis courts, riding her horses, cooking, clogging at state fairs or bowling...especially bowling.



Competitive bowlers are serious bowlers; Recreational bowlers bowl for fun By John Jowdy

BWAAJohnJowdy_small.jpgThere are several ways to play the sport of bowling. Each has its own niche in the game. The great thing about bowling is it can be played at any level; as a recreational activity or as a competitive sport. For the recreational bowler, the game provides endless social and competitive opportunities in open or league play. Competitive bowlers are classified as the elite type and engage in classic leagues, in upper classifications of city, state, and national tournaments, plus megabucks and side tournaments.



High scoring beats low scoring when it comes to bowling publicity By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgIt is amazing to consider how technology has changed the world since the early 1960s when only highly skilled bowlers could average 200. It baffles me why some people in bowling are opposed to higher scoring when virtually every thing in life and the world has changed so drastically in the past 50 years. Every sport I know understands that if athletes are not improving then the sport is going backwards and could be headed for oblivion.



Int'l Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame needs entire Campus complex to be part of lure By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg The old Showboat Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas came to mind when I was exchanging emails with Keith Hamilton, publisher of Bowlers Journal International. Keith, along with Pat Ciniello, are the movers and shakers who will be responsible for the new International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame that is being put together at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

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