DeSocios Among Investors in New Kansas Center

by Bob Johnson 0

There has been no bowling in the Kansas community of Hutchinson since Countryside Lanes closed its doors at the end of 2011.

But according to The Hutchinson News, that will change in about nine months now that ground has been broken on a new tenpin facility to be called The Alley of Hutchinson.

Plans call for 20 traditional lanes and eight boutique lanes, and among the investors are BPAA immediate past President Cathy DeSocio and new BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio.

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.