Update: Dick Weber to be Honored, Former Center to Be Closed

by Bob Johnson 0

Dick Weber’s longtime home in Missouri — Florissant — will honor the late bowling great with a plaque on the community’s Walk Through History.

Weber moved to Florissant in 1955 and, 16 years later, opened Dick Weber Lanes. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Weber’s widow, Juanita, will be in attendance, as will their famous bowling son, Pete, and other family members.

The plaque will be dedicated on Sept. 2.

UPDATE: Bowlers Journal just received word from David Caldwell of Gran Prix Bowling Supply in St. Louis that AMF Dick Weber Lanes would be closed by Bowlmor AMF. The company had previously closed four AMF-branded centers in Greater St. Louis. As part of its acquisition of Brunswick’s bowling center chain, Bowlmor AMF soon will take over operation of Brunswick Zone Chesterfield and Brunswick Lakeside Lanes in St. Louis County.

 

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.