Boris Karloff goes bowling

by Bob Johnson 0

In addition to his bowling history blog, BJI’s resident historian J.R. Schmidt — author of the monthly “Time Capsule” feature in the magazine — writes a blog on the history of his hometown. It’s called “Unknown Chicago.”

In a recent blog entry on Chicago mobsters and Hollywood’s depiction of them, Dr. Jake includes a great picture of the late actor Boris Karloff on the lanes.

He also relates the tale of how the filmmaker used a close-up of a spinning, slow-to-fall 10-pin to symbolize the Karloff character — who had just been shot after releasing his bowling ball — taking his final breaths.

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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.