Davis Bowling Supply’s Linda Davis Dies

by Bob Johnson 0

Linda Davis is being remembered today as a pioneer in the bowling business, a unique thinker and a long-time supporter of the game. Davis died from an apparent heart attack Thursday night.

“I’ve known Linda since she owned Cal Nike (then named Cal Bowling Supply and then Davis Bowling Supply), and also bowled league in Riverside [with her],” said Paula Vidad, General Manager of Revolutions Bowling Center in Barstow, Calif., in a Facebook post. “She was someone I looked up to when there weren't many woman-owned businesses. I also worked for Linda and [husband] John as a sales rep. What a great loss to the bowling world!”

Davis Bowling Supply had locations in Riverside, Calif., and later Las Vegas, Nev.

Steve Cook’s Bowling Supply bought Davis Bowling Supply last year, although John Davis and MaryKay Yingst continued to work for the former Davis location in Riverside.

We’ll have much more on the passing of Linda Davis in next week’s Cyber Report, and in the September issue of Bowlers Journal International.

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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