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‘You Don’t Want the Bumpers. Life Doesn’t Give You Bumpers.’

February 21st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

'You Don’t Want the Bumpers. Life Doesn’t Give You Bumpers.'

We don’t normally offer opinions on Academy Award “Best Picture” nominees. But this year, we’re making an exception. Our pick: “Boyhood.” And we make that selection even though we haven’t seen the film. Yet. Check out the trailer, especially at around the 48-second mark, and see if you don’t agree with us.


‘PDW’ Stars in ‘This Is SportsCenter’ Spot

February 18th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

'PDW' Stars in 'This Is SportsCenter' Spot

For the first time in the 21-year history of ESPN’s iconic “This Is SportsCenter” commercial series, a bowler is playing a starring role. And that bowler is the sport’s most recognizable star, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber. The Weber promotional spot made its debut in conjunction with the live ESPN telecast of the USBC […]


Check out the Feb. 2015 Issue of Bowlers Journal Interactive!

February 12th, 2015 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

Check out the Feb. 2015 Issue of Bowlers Journal Interactive!

The first issue of Bowlers Journal Interactive of 2015 is here, and we’re celebrating! Celebrating the PBA Tournament of Champions, that is, which is enjoying its 50th anniversary this month with the PBA Barbasol Tournament of Champions at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. Be sure to check out PBA Xtra, where we provide video and insight […]


17-Year-Old High School Bowler’s Story Continues to Astonish

February 5th, 2015 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

17-Year-Old High School Bowler's Story Continues to Astonish

If you read Keith Hamilton’s “Leading Off” column in our January issue, you already know about this astonishingly resilient 17-year-old high school bowler from Chicago, Mike Partipilo, who continues to compete after receiving a heart transplant. His need for a transplant was brought on by cardiomyopathy, a disease that plagues the heart muscle. Justin Breen […]


Watch for More Bowling Spots on ESPN Networks

February 4th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

ESPN’s family of stations are now airing a new PBA promotional spot for this Sunday’s live telecast of the USBC Masters finals (1 p.m. Eastern). The new spots feature the Grateful Dead song “Franklin’s Tower” and its lyrics, “roll away…” The PBA on ESPN tagline remains, “Love the Lanes.” PBA fans also should watch for […]


Daktronics — South Point’s Video Display Maker — Is Featured on CBS Program

February 3rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

In the May 2014 issue of Bowlers Journal International, we introduced you to the new South Point Bowling Plaza with a special hard-hat tour of the then-under-construction facility. In the December 2014 issue, we provided a “first look” at the new bowling competition venue. Now, we’d like to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of […]


Weber ‘Out-Melts’ Papelbon in ESPN ‘SportsNation’ Poll

September 25th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, visiting Los Angeles to “star” in an upcoming ESPN “This is Sports Center” commercial, was invited to make a surprise appearance on ESPN’s “SportsNation” program, and participated with hosts Michelle Beadle, Marcellus Wiley and Max Kellerman in a fan-interactive game called “That’s how I roll…” The almost nine-minute segment closed […]


Bowling at the Orange County Fair

August 8th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Bowling at the Orange County Fair

It’s not uncommon for bowling proprietor organizations or even individual center owners to set up portable bowling lanes or stub lanes at fairs, festivals, swap meets and other public events. It has become less common in recent years, however, because of the contraction of the bowling industry and the expense involved. Orange County, California, has […]


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: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/not-every-print-magazine-dying-heres-one-thats-100-years-old.


‘Who do you think you are?’

April 4th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

'Who do you think you are?'

Pete Weber asked that question… and answered it… during a memorable on-the-lanes celebration of his 2012 U.S. Open victory.



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