East Coast Bowling Centers Convention Canceled

by Bob Johnson 0

The theme of the 2015 East Coast Bowling Centers Convention was to have been “Facing the Future Together.”

Just moments ago, the ECBC Convention Committee faced Mother Nature and decided to cancel the event, according to John LaSpina, President of Maple Family Centers.

Earlier, organizers had posted this message on the convention’s website: “The East Coast Bowling Centers Convention Committee is working diligently to determine the situation of the pending storm headed for the East Coast. The decisions regarding the… convention made by the committee will be with the utmost consideration for safety and security of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff.”

With Hurricane Joaquin now generating watches and warnings up and down the East Coast — including in Atlantic City, N.J., where the convention was to have been held — organizers decided to err on the side of caution.

For a look at hurricane preparations now underway in Ocean City and Atlantic City, go to: http://6abc.com/weather/atlantic-city-prepares-as-hurricane-joaquin-threatens/1009820/

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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