Chicago 1953: The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade moves east on 79th Street past Ashland Avenue, with one of Buddy Bomar’s bowling supply stores in the background.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
My interview on Len Nicholson’s “Phantom Radio” podcast just went up. It runs about 27 minutes. Here’s the link—
The Bowling Chronicles has just been published. The book contains a selection of 90 columns and feature articles drawn from those I’ve written for Bowlers Journal International since 1990. Available in print or on kindle, it’s 248 pages long, with 36 photos from the BJI archives and my own collection.
The great bowlers are here—Carter, Weber, Varipapa, Ladewig, Welu, Hardwick, Anthony, and the rest. So are the historic events—Therm Gibson’s big jackpot . . . Ed Lubanski’s TV Double 300 . . . the greatest team match . . . the greatest action match . . . the first national tournament (and it wasn’t the 1901 ABC) . . . Dreamer, bowling’s first feature film (and it wasn’t as bad as some people claim).
Here are the offbeat stories—the bowling ball that went around the world . . . the 300 game that took a week to bowl . . . the bowler who won an ABC championship with a total score of 41 . . . strange bowling inventions . . . strange bowling injuries.
And here are the colorful people—the hustler who passed himself off as a German nobleman . . . the A-List movie star who was a serious bowler . . . the traveling bowling fan who gave away over 11,000 cases of Coca-Cola . . . Johnny Small and his magic ball . . . Johnny King and his magic cigar.
You can order The Bowling Chronicles on Amazon, or direct from McFarland Publishing.
We’ve been blessed with a number of wonderful bowling books during the past couple of years. First there was Grasso & Hartman’s Historical Dictionary of Bowling. Then came Manzione’s Pin Action. Now we have Striking Words, a bowling glossary by Walt McIntosh.
Time was when every book on bowling had a glossary of bowling terms. The pages were tacked on in the back and seemed like an afterthought. I suspect that these glossaries were simply a way to make some puny book a bit longer, and justify whatever selling price the publisher had decided upon. Often the terms were copied nearly verbatim from some earlier book.
Comparing these glossaries to Striking Words is like comparing a junior-high essay to a doctoral dissertation. McIntosh has done a tremendous amount of research. The book checks in at 478 pages with 2400 entries; these range in length from a few words to a few pages. There is also one of the most detailed bibliographies I’ve encountered. Topping it off are more than 700 illustrations by Diane B. Hanson.
I highly recommend Striking Words for anyone interested in bowling—or, for that matter, anyone interested in etymology. Check out the website, http://www.strikingwords.com