The 1962 All-Americans

by Bob Johnson 0

Off the top of your head, can you name the six men and six women who made the Bowlers Journal All-American Teams 50 years ago?

They’re some of the most famous names in bowling history, and in the August issue of BJI, they’re listed in the “Flashback” department, which traces the top tenpin stories of 50, 25 and 10 years ago.

History buffs also will enjoy J.R. Schmidt’s “Time Capsule” feature, which tells the tale of a bowling shootout like no other — one that included an actual firearm. It took place in the early 1940s in Flint, Mich., and Schmidt relates the fascinating story with the help of “The Oldest Bowler.”

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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