Archive for the ‘GENERAL’ Category

“Brooklyn Eagle” Bowling Cartoon (1909)

October 3, 2017

October 3, 1909—Another bowling season begins in Brooklyn!


Dick Weber Bowling Outdoors (1968)

August 31, 2017

Weber Outdoors (1968)

Madison Square Garden Plaza (New York, NY)

Dick Weber Bowling Book (1964)

May 7, 2017

Weber book

St. Patrick’s Day and Buddy Bomar (1953)

March 17, 2017

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!

“Phantom Radio” Interview

March 8, 2017

My interview on Len Nicholson’s “Phantom Radio” podcast just went up.  It runs about 27 minutes.  Here’s the link—


Joe Kristof Bowls in a Store Window (1956)

February 27, 2017


“Big League Bowling”  Chicago TV show, broadcast from the Polk Brothers Appliance Store  (8500 S. Cottage Grove Ave.) 

Note the people on the street watching the show through the windows—no spectators were allowed inside the store after regular business hours! 

“The New Yorker” Bowling Cartoon (2004)

February 15, 2017


Dawson Taylor Bowling Book (1960)

January 22, 2017

Taylor Book (1960)

My New Book—“The Bowling Chronicles”

January 11, 2017


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.


Happy New Year from ABC Staff (1940)

January 1, 2017