Fire Causes Moderate Damage to New York Center

by Bob Johnson 0

Alpha Lanes in Troy, N.Y., sustained what was termed as “moderate” damage on Jan. 8 when a fire broke out at the center.

According to the Times Union newspaper, firefighters were called to the center around 11 a.m., and took about 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

Although the exact cause of the wire was not disclosed, center employees had been using a heat gun to thaw the center’s pipes, a regular practice when the weather turns frigid. At some point, the inside of a wall caught fire.

Alpha Lanes is a traditional center with an active league and tournament program. Its 17th annual Robert Guild Senior Trio Tournament, for example, paid out $4,095 in prize money, with the winning threesome sharing $1,200. The city of Troy is part of New York state’s “Capital District,” situated close to the state capital city of Albany.

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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