Carolinas FEC Pioneer Frank Myatt Sr. Dies

by Bob Johnson 0

Frank Myatt Sr., a pioneer in the bowling-based family entertainment center business model, has died, Bowlers Journal has learned.

Myatt opened Golden Park in Simpsonville, South Carolina, in the early 1980s, and it included an array of amenities in addition to 32 lanes of bowling. Here is how Golden Park is described on the facility’s website:

“Golden Park is all about fun family quality time without the outrageous price tag. We were founded on the ideals that a family that plays together stays together. In that effort, we have something for everyone, including state of the art bowling, large skating center, overstocked pro shop, video games and a tiki lounge.”

You can read more about the FEC here: http://www.goldenpark.net

According to Bob Langley of Bowling Center Insurance.com, Myatt also operated Franklin Lanes in Franklin, North Carolina. Langley said that Myatt’s son, Frank Jr., would continue to operate the business.

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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