Writer Evans dies

by Bob Johnson 0

Professional Bowlers Assn. and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Dick Evans, a bowling writer for both The Miami Herald and Daytona Beach News-Journal, died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 78.

Born on Sept. 20, 1931, Evans joined the Herald in 1949 and started writing about bowling in 1957. He retired from the paper in 1989 and moved to Daytona Beach, but continued to cover bowling for the Herald for another 20 years while also writing for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

One of the most decorated bowling writers in history, Evans was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1986, the ABC/USBC Hall of Fame in 1992, and received both the World Bowling Writers’ Gosta Zellen Golden Quill Award and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America V.A. Wapensky Award in 2007.

Evans is survived by his wife, Joan Gano Evans; son Richard V. Evans, an attorney in Louisville, Ky., and three grandchildren — Peyton, Carter and Walker.

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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