Putting Sandy behind

by Bob Johnson 0

The LaSpina family has been getting a lot of grief from long-time customers over their plans to close venerable Maple Lanes in Brooklyn to make way for a condo complex and synagogue.

But they demonstrated their commitment to the community on Dec. 14 at another family-owned center, Rockville Centre Lanes, by hosting a massive bowling party for youngsters whose birthday bashes were postponed by Hurricane Sandy. A 41-second recap is here


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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