BPAA Past President Rex Golobic Passes Away

by Bob Johnson 0

Rex Golobic, a past president of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and a legendary bowling center owner in the San Francisco Bay Area, died on Thursday. He was 91.

Golobic is survived by his wife, Reiko.

Golobic-operated centers were known for their deep involvement with the local community. Among many other initiatives, one center hosted an annual bowling event that brought youth together with local law enforcement officers. The Golobic family opened its first bowling center in 1937.

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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