At the annual Tenpin Bowling Expo in Orlando Florida, enthusiasts from all over the world were given the latest news in bowling. With many of the top pro bowlers present, attendees at the massive Orlando Convention Center, were treated to many bowling seminars, meetings, latest bowling balls, a fashion show by pro Diandra Asbaty with pro bowlers as models, and many other activities to keep one going during the four days.
The pros in attendance included Walter Ray Williams, Pete Weber, Mike Aulby, Brian Voss, Norm Duke, Carmen Salvino, Johnny Petralgia, Parker Bohn, Carolyn and Del Ballard, and Lynda and Chris Barnes. PBA colour man Randy Petersen was also on hand. From the Hamilton association were Fillippo Corradi, Rob McNaughton and Jim Margueratt. Former Prime Time Bowling employee Bruce DeWeber, who is now at Holiday Lanes in Bossier City, Louisiana, as maintenance manager, was also on hand.
For the third consecutive year, the Bowling Writers Association of America joined the festivities and were conducting interviews by many of Americas top bowling writers such as Dick Evans, Jim Goodwin, Steve James, Chuck Pezzano, Mike Hennessy and John Jowdy. Twenty-seven people took advantage of this opportunity with the interviews being sent to their local media. At their annual meeting, president Hazel McLeary of Victoria, B.C.,who is heading to the world championships in Thailand next month, chaired her last meeting with Evans of Miami replacing her. The B.W.A.A. has 442 members, the majority from the U.S., but also including France, Germany, Japan and Canada (McLeary and Margueratt). The Bowling League of Russia was scheduled to attend, but was a no-show. At the end of day four, an outing to Universal Studios took place.
The major news from 2008 was the forthcoming move of the United States Bowling Congress from Milwaukee, and the National Bowling Hall of Fame from St. Louis, to Arlington, Texas where the Bowling Proprietors Association of America is located. Interesting news was the recent discovery of America’s oldest bowling lanes at Georgian University in New Jersey. They have been renovated as they were 109 years ago. One of the unusual displays at Bowl Expo was “Bowling On The Green” where you can “golf” on the lanes. A special green mat can be rolled down the lanes enabling bowlers or golfers to enjoy their favourite pastime.
The third in a limited edition bowling stamp was unveiled to promote bowling in the U.S.
George Lambert the fourth of Hamilton, who has completed three years at Wichita State University, is currently staying with pro bowlers Lynda and Chris Barnes in Texas. “I love George Lambert. He is like my little brother, we have adopted him and are not letting him go,” says Lynda. Since the U.S.B.C. is moving close to the Barnes’ home in Texas, it’s possible that later in the year Lambert will be working for them in Arlington. Next year’s Bowl Expo returns to Las Vegas.
Hamilton Tenpin Trivia: Eight days apart in April 2000, George Lambert, as a junior fired triples of 815 (268,279,268) and 774 (258,259,257) at Skyway Lanes. Five months later in his first month in an adult league, he started one game with nine strikes and the next with 10 strikes for a 289 game.