On health care reform

by Bob Johnson 0

Health care reform is an old issue in the bowling world.

In 1935, Indianapolis proprietor Jess Pritchett proposed a plan “whereby the sick and disabled bowler can be taken care of by hospitalization.”

Smoking controversies also are nothing new to bowling.

In a 1939 column, Mort Luby Sr. suggested the ABC Tournament’s smoking policy should be altered — to allow smoking on the lanes.

(J.R. Schmidt)

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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