Food drives urged

by Bob Johnson 0

As the holiday season approaches, Columbia 300 has kicked off a holiday food drive at the headquarters of Ebonite International in Hopkinsville, Ky.

The food drive started on Monday and will conclude on Dec. 17. Upon its completion, the food will be transported to the Aaron McNeil House, a local food bank that offers crisis relief for families needing assistance.

Columbia 300 also has invited pro shop operators to follow suit this holiday season and start food drives of their own, dropping off items at their local food bank or relief center.

The goal is to collect 15,000 lbs. of food for the needy. Pro shops’ food bank receipts dated Nov. 29-Dec. 17 can be turned in to Columbia 300, which plans to announce the final collection results in mid-January.

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.