Cathy DeSocio to Receive BPAA’s Lerner Award

by Bob Johnson 0

Complete coverage of the BPAA Bowling Summit, which took place earlier this week in New Orleans, will appear in the March issues of Bowling Center Management and Bowlers Journal International.

For now, we’ll simply share the names of the proprietors selected for BPAA’s industry service awards — headlined by the selection of Cathy DeSocio for the Victor Lerner Award, symbolic of induction into the BPAA Hall of Fame. DeSocio, a BPAA past president, served as the association’s de facto executive director when that position was vacant.

Others to be honored at International Bowl Expo this June in Las Vegas:

* V.A. Wapensky Award — Jim Stubler.

* Ruben Dankoff Award — Steve Wiemer

* Dick Weber Ambassador Award — John Janawicz

* Special Projects Award — Mandy Haws

* Media Award — Mookie Betts

* BPAA USBC Association Award — Columbus, Ohio USBC (to be presented at the USBC Convention this spring in Las Vegas)


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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