Tournament Promoter Ervin Hoinke Dies

by Bob Johnson 0

At the height of bowling's popularity as a sport, one of the most anticipated and lucrative tournaments conducted each year was the Hoinke Classic, staged at Western Bowl in Cincinnati.

HoinkeClassicLogoToday, Bowlers Journal International learned of the passing of Ervin Hoinke, the patriarch of the family that ran Western Bowl and the Hoinke Classic for so many years.

We'll have more details as they become available.

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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