Michigan Proprietor Frank Molinaro Jr. Dies

by Bob Johnson 0

Michigan bowling center owner Frank Molinaro Jr. passed away on Feb. 10, Bowlers Journal has learned. He was 83.

Molinaro opened Jonesville (Mich.) Lanes in 1960. Fifteen years later, in that same city, he opened L&J Lanes, which he operated with sons Mark and Matt until his passing. The L stood for Litchfield, and the J stood for Jonesville.

Earlier in his career, Molinaro served as President of Michigan’s trade association for bowling center owners. He also served on committees for the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

You can read a number of posts about Molinaro’s passing on L&J Lanes’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ljlanes

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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