‘The Pete’ hits the road

by Bob Johnson 0

BY J.R. SCHMIDT

When the Petersen Classic moved out of Archer-35th Recreation in 1994, it was noted that the venerable house had hosted the tournament since 1921.

Well, not quite.

Some years, a second section of the event was held in places like Detroit and Cleveland.

In 1933, though the Petersen was in Chicago, the site was the Ashland Boulevard Auditorium. It was scheduled as part of a grand “bowling carnival,” which included the world championship match between Joe Miller and Stewart Watson.

Because there were so many other events on the lanes, the 1933 Petersen format was only five games long.

(Editor’s Note: J.R. Schmidt is Bowlers Journal International’s resident historian, and writes the monthly historical feature, “Time Capsule.” The 100th edition of the Petersen Classic will be held in 2010, and a full-length feature on the tournament, written by Schmidt, appears in the February issue of BJI. Can’t get enough of bowling’s colorful history? Check out Dr. Jake’s blog at http://bowlinghistory.wordpress.com.)

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.