Bowling in the fog

by Bob Johnson 0

References to bowling are everywhere. As an industry, bowling probably gets more free publicity than any other sport, including the sport we most commonly cite for comparison — golf.

Bowling can be seen in commercials, on billboards, on television, in magazines, in newspapers, in video games, in toy stores.

One of the reasons that tens of millions of people go bowling each year is because they are exposed to the activity in so many subliminal ways.

Bowling even finds its way into political-speak, as evidenced by the phrase “bowling in the fog,” which describes the decision-making process faced by so many local, state and national legislators. The phrase is used to demonstrate that it’s difficult to make important decisions on spending, restructuring government, etc. when one doesn’t have all the pertinent facts at his disposal.

Dane Smith recently devoted a column to this topic, sprinkled with bowling analogies, on the “Politics in Minnesota” Web site. If you’d like to read it, follow this URL:

http://politicsinminnesota.com/blog/2010/03/smith-let’s-try-to-stop-‘bowling-in-the-fog’

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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.

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