Outtakes from award winners at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas…
* PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, who received BPAA’s Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award: “The name of the award says it all. It was 50 years ago that I saw Dick Weber bowl in Madison Square Garden and wanted to become a pro bowler. For me to be linked with his name is a great honor.”
* Former United States Bowling Congress CEO Roger Dalkin, who received the V.A. Wapensky Award, named for BPAA’s late executive director: “You don’t know how good it is to stand up in front of this group and not talk about lane dressing, short oil, the decrease in membership… Chief (Wapensky’s nickname) helped mentor me in dealing with the political turmoil in this industry.”
* Tom Martino, recipient of the BPAA President’s Medal: “When (President) Jimmy (Sturm) called to tell me I’d won the award, my first response was, ‘Why?’ If there is reincarnation, I want to come back as a proprietor again.”
Bob Stubler received the Ruben Dankoff Legislative Award, and Ted Hoffman Jr. will receive the Victor Lerner Award on Wednesday morning. The Lerner award includes induction into the BPAA Hall of Fame.
Also on Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is scheduled to deliver the Expo’s keynote address.
Afterward, attendees will adjourn to the adjacent Las Vegas Convention Center for day one of the Expo’s two-day trade show. This year’s show features 280 exhibitors occupying 900 booths across 201,000 square feet of floor space.
Bowlers Journal International will have complete coverage of the Expo in the August issue of the magazine.