Listen to PBS Interview on BJI’s 100th Anniversary

December 12th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Luby Publishing Inc. President and Bowlers Journal “Leading Off” columnist Keith Hamilton was a guest Wednesday on the National Public Radio program, “Marketplace.” He was interviewed by host Kai Ryssdal, and talked about how bowling has evolved in recent years. You can listen to the conversation here:

Vacant Warehouse to Become Bowling Center?

November 21st, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

A vacant warehouse in Southington, Conn., 20 miles southwest of Hartford, could soon be reborn as a bowling-based entertainment center. According to this report, the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a site plan that would transform the 30,000-square-foot warehouse into a facility with 19 bowling lanes, a few bocce courts, a restaurant and […]

Fire Destroys North Carolina Center

November 21st, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

A bowling center and skating rink that had served the community of North Wilkesboro, N.C., for more than 60 years was destroyed in a fire Saturday night. The cause of the blaze was under investigation; fire fighters suspected propane heaters in the back of the building, according to this story ( from WFMY News.

Kokomo Center Owner Hopes to Reopen Within a Week

November 21st, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Kokomo Sport Bowl in Kokomo, Ind., was among many businesses badly damaged by the tornado that hit the community on Sunday. When part of the center’s roof blew off, debris was scattered across the lanes. Local high school bowlers volunteered to help clean up the facility, and owner Gary Brown said he hoped to reopen […]

Clark takes over day-to-day operations of PBA

September 3rd, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

After nearly two years as Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Bowlers Assn., Geoff Reiss announced Monday that he is transitioning from his role to join the organization’s board of directors, effective Sept. 9. Commissioner Tom Clark will assume day-to-day management responsibility for the PBA. “Tom’s vast experience and passion for the sport of bowling give […]

Hardie joins Bowlmor AMF

July 9th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Warren Hardie, who retired as President of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards in 2011, has been named Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed Bowlmor AMF. Hardie brings experience in both manufacturing and bowling center operations to his new post, having also formerly served as Brunswick’s President of Bowling Retail. Bowlmor AMF is a merger of […]

Dave Husted Named BJI Proprietor of the Year for 2013

June 15th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

2013 WILL MAKE 33 YEARS. A third of a century. Over three-fifths of Dave Husted’s life. The Dave Husted Invitational is the longest running of any PBA regional tournament or any PBA tournament of any kind at a single site. In 1980, Husted was only a couple years into his PBA career. The growing PBA […]

AMF Bowling Center Destroyed in Oklahoma Tornado

May 21st, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The 2-mile-wide tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, took dead aim on the city’s bowling center: AMF Moore Lanes. According to reports from CNN and the BBC, the center was completely destroyed Monday when tornado winds approaching 200-mph leveled much of the city and killed, at last report, 24. For one reporter, […]

New Company on Horizon: Bowlmor AMF

May 20th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc. and certain of its affiliates filed a new chapter 11 plan of reorganization and disclosure statement Saturday, sponsored by Strike Holdings LLC (known as Bowlmor) and certain of AMF’s second lien lenders, including Cerberus Series Four Holdings, LLC and Credit Suisse. As first reported on, the plan provides that AMF […]

New Major Stockholder for AMF Bowling Centers?

May 8th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Unconfirmed reports from a reliable source indicate that the primary interest in the purchase of AMF Bowling Centers, which is emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is from Tom Shannon, one of bowling’s major proprietors. As reported in BJI’s Cyber Report, Shannon is the CEO of Strike Holdings, which operates Bowlmor and Strike locations in New […]

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