Pink Shoe Diaries

by Bob Johnson 0

Remember Classic Bowl in Mississauga, Ontario — the center that hosted a National Bowling Day event in 2008 featuring a concert by new wave rockers A Flock of Seagulls?

Well, Classic is making waves again, this time devoting January to a “Knockdown Cancer” campaign.

Throughout the month, the center will feature pink bowling shoes, pink bowling balls and pink pins. For each pair of shoes rented, 25 cents will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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.