Remo Picchietti Dies

by Bob Johnson 0

The man who wrote the book on lane maintenance — literally — has died.

Remo Picchietti Sr. was the long-time head of DBA Products Co. Inc., a leading supplier of lane maintenance products during the second half of the 20th century.

As Picchietti recently described it in a new book called "Stone in the Bunch," in 1997, "DBA Products Co. Inc. was a multi-national, multi-million-dollar operation, the largest and most successful company of its kind in the industry. It operated offices and factories in Lake Bluff, Ill.; St. Louis; Merrill, Wis.; and Toronto, Canada. It had distribution in 65 foreign countries, with offices or warehouses in London, England; Brussels, Belgium; and Rotterdam, Holland."

In November of that year, Picchietti sold DBA to Brunswick Corp. for what he described in the book as "an obscene amount of money."

Through the years, Picchietti helped build the reputation of DBA by conducting clinics and seminars on lane maintenance around the world, and by writing books on the topic. The first edition of "The Science of Bowling Maintenance" sold 5,000 copies in its first two years.

Always extremely active in the industry, Picchietti at various times served as President of the National Bowling Council, the Billiard & Bowling Institute of America, the National Association of Independent Resurfacers, and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the American Bowling Congress (now USBC) Hall of Fame in 1993.

BJI Publisher & Editor Emeritus Mort Luby Jr. will have a special remembrance of Picchietti in the November issue of the magazine.

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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