Former Chain Operator Dick Richards Dies

by Bob Johnson 0

Dick Richards, owner of the former Red Carpet chain of bowling centers that dominated the Milwaukee bowling marketplace during the 1970s and into the '80s, has died.

Richards was a strong promoter in the pre-social media era, as Red Carpet billboards could be viewed throughout Beer City, particularly at league sign-up team. Under Richards' leadership, Red Carpet also was a regular host of the PBA Tour.

Richards' death was reported to BJI by one of his former center managers, Dennis Scott. We'll have more on Richards' legacy in the November issue of BJI.

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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