Statesboro gets FEC

by Bob Johnson 0

Ever hear the Allman Brothers sing “Statesboro Blues”?

It was a cover of a tune written in the 1920s by Blind Willie McTell, and it was about the town of Stateboro in southeast Georgia — now the home of Georgia Southern University.

The blues have disappeared in Statesboro, however, with the opening of The Clubhouse, a new family entertainment center that features:

• A 20-lane bowling area, featuring QubicaAMF equipment.

• A 4-lane private bowling room.

• Themed mini bowling.

• Miniature golf.

• A golf driving range.

• A Ballocity soft play area for small children.

• Laser tag.

• Batting cages.

• A full-service restaurant called Spikes Sports Grill.

The state-of-the-art facility is owned by Tony Ross and Darin Van Tassel, and is styled after a 1940s-era sports stadium. Design services were provided by Dynamic Designs, while Studio 41b handled much of the themed interior fabrication.

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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