Fire at One Center Saves Another

by Bob Johnson 0

As will be reported in the April issue of Bowlers Journal magazine, Plamor Lanes in Huntsville, Ala., planned to close on April 30. Its owners had received an offer from the adjacent Jerry Damson Automotive, which wanted to use the land to connect its two buildings and provide more parking.

But those plans changed on March 7, when nearby AMF Parkway Lanes was destroyed in a fire. The owners of Plamor Lanes and Jerry Damson Automotive got together and decided to delay Plamor’s closing.

“(Jerry Damson Automotive) is willing to service the community and keep Plamor running for a while,” Plamor Manager Bobby Orebaugh told The Huntsville Times.

Losing Plamor, in the wake of the Parkway fire, would have left that part of Huntsville seriously underserved in terms of bowling lanes.

Meanwhile, the Huntsville Fire Department continues to investigate the fire at AMF Parkway Lanes, which saw two fire captains injured as they worked to evacuate crews from the building. No center staff members or customers were injured.

A “Rebuild Parkway Lanes” page has been established on Facebook:

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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