Hammer events for pro shops under way

by Bob Johnson 0

Hammer’s series of “Merchandising and Accounting for Your Pro Shop” events begins today in suburban Denver, Colo., and continues through Feb. 7.

Most of the events will be hosted by Hammer Brand Manager Jeff Ussery, a former pro shop manager. Others will feature Hammer district sales managers. The starting time at each site is 10:30 a.m.

The registration fee for pro shop operators is $25, which includes a Hammer First Blood ball. Operators can register through their Hammer district sales manager or distributor.

Here is the complete schedule:

• Jan. 17 — Holiday Lanes, Lakewood, Colo.

• Jan. 21 — Cedarvale Lanes, Eagan, Minn.

• Jan. 22 — Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Spare Time Bowling Center, Cheektowaga, N.Y.

• Jan. 23 — AMF Babylon Lanes, West Babylon, N.Y.

• Jan. 24 — AMF Marietta Lanes, Marietta, Ga.

• Jan. 25 — Stardust Bowl, Addison, Ill.

• Jan. 28 — Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas

• Jan. 29 — Stonehedge, Akron, Ohio, and AMF Euless Lanes, Euless, Texas

• Jan. 30 — Plaza Lanes, St. Charles, Mo., and Pacific Avenue Bowl, Stockton, Calif.

• Jan. 31 — Laurel Lanes, Maple Shade, N.J., and AMF Tempe Village, Tempe, Ariz.

• Feb. 1 — Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.

• Feb. 4 — Boardwalk Bowl, Orlando, Fla.

• Feb. 5 — Allen’s Crosley Lanes, Vancouver, Wash.

• Feb. 7 — AMF Riverside Lanes, Riverside, Calif., and West Seattle Bowl, Seattle, Wash.

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.