Historic center to close

by Bob Johnson 0

Lyndon Lanes, a 10-lane bowling center in Lyndon, Ky., east of Louisville, will not see its 50th birthday.

In operation for 47 years, the center is scheduled to close on May 23. According to co-owner Jack McCarthy Jr., a local smoking ban and the current economic climate conspired to doom Lyndon Lanes.

McCarthy said that the smoking ban caused the center to lose customers. The decline in business, complicated by the economic downturn, made it difficult for the owners to obtain favorable financing for needed upgrades.

Most of the center’s leagues reportedly will relocate to Ten Pin Strike & Spare in St. Matthews, Ky., while McCarthy hopes to rent out the space currently occupied by the lanes. A bar and grill on the site will remain open, the Courier-Journal reported.

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.