BPAA Staffer Gutkowski Killed in Motorcycle Accident

by Bob Johnson 0

Sherry Gutkowski, National Exhibit Sales Manager for the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, was killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.

Sherry_Gutkowski_ME_Jan_14According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, Gutkowski was testing driving a motorcycle in a private parking lot adjacent to a motorcycle dealership in Carrollton, Texas, when she hit a curb, flipped and fell off.

Although she was wearing a helmet, Gutkowski sustained fatal injuries.

“Sherry was a key member of our Meetings and Events Department, and had been in her position for a little over a year,” said BPAA Director of Meetings and Events Kelly Parker. “She was well loved by all of her coworkers and she will be greatly missed.”

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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