Zebehazy Ends 32-Year Career With Membership Groups

by Bob Johnson 0

ZebehazyJim Zebehazy, who served as Executive Director of the Young American Bowling Alliance for seven years beginning in 1998, has retired from the United States Bowling Congress, effective today.

Thirty-two years ago, Zebehazy joined the staff of the American Bowling Congress as a field representative. In 1990, when the ABC was revamping its leadership structure, he was named Group Executive for Field Service.

It was a tumultuous time for the ABC, which was being pulled in several directions by various industry integers and even its own membership. Zebehazy was known for his diplomacy, and his ability to quell debates that often became heated, urging everyone to let go of old rivalries and look to the future together. It came as little surprise that he was selected to assist the new leadership team at USBC following the merger of the ABC, YABA and Women’s International Bowling Congress in 2005.

It also seemed appropriate that he closed out his career, essentially, as it had begun: as USBC South Regional Manager.

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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