AMF Bowling Center Destroyed in Oklahoma Tornado

by Bob Johnson 0

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, the only way the site could be identified as that of a bowling center was the presence of a badly charred bowling ball amidst the rubble.

AMF Moore Lanes was located adjacent to Interstate -35, which connects Moore with Oklahoma City to the north and Norman, Okla., to the south. In 1976, the center, then known as Moore Bowl, hosted the 30th annual Bowlers Journal Championships.

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Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.