Dick Evans

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World-class bowling writer Dick Evans dies on Independence Day

A memorial service to honor the life of Dick Evans will be conducted Friday, July 30

BWAAPastPresidentDickEvans_small.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ‚ÄĒ Dick Evans, an award winning writer for both The Miami Herald and Daytona Beach News-Journal, died Sunday, July 4th, at the age of 78. Evans was the first daily newspaper reporter inducted into the Professional Bowlers Association's Hall of Fame in 1986 and also the American Bowling Congress' Hall of Fame in 1992. Evans, despite serving as a judge for 10 years when he was not eligible to enter stories, won a record 60 plus Bowling Magazine writing awards.



BPAA got out of business for elite bowlers as PBA Tour flourished By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Since covering the first of more than 200 PBA tournaments starting in 1964, I firmly have believed the Professional Bowlers Association is the best thing ever to happen to the Bowling Proprietors Association of America. As the Saturday afternoon ratings for the ninety-minute live Saturday afternoon PBA tour stop on the ABC-TV network grew to an amazing 8.5 million viewers, so did membership in the ABC and WIBC plus the BPAA. The PBA helped fill bowling centers, especially on Sundays and at no cost to the BPAA.



Golf is one of bowling's greatest rivals for Americans' recreational dollars By Dick Evans

BPAA rates A double bogey score for including a golf tournament on a busy Tuesday seminar schedule at International Bowl Expo

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Way back in 1979, I got a letter from then BPAA President Dick Richards critical of a column I wrote in The Miami Herald that was critical of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America for running golf and tennis tournaments at the Mid-Winter Board of Directors meeting in Miami. Golf is a direct rival of bowling when it comes to the recreational dollar and for national publicity, so I see no reason for a bowling convention to hold an ORGANIZED golf event.



Everything you didn't want to know about USBC Convention By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Trust is something that is earned and not granted automatic entry into our brains. It is especially true in bowling where the old gutter-ball shooters would flirt with the gutter on their strike deliveries but had trust that their timing would be perfect and the ball would end up the strike pocket. My beliefs about trust seeped into my brain at the USBC Convention April 30 when President Jeff Bojé pointed out how important trust is to the future growth of the United States Bowling Congress.



USBC President Jeff Bojé answers 10 Questions before USBC Convention Opens in Reno

By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgUSBCJeffBoje_small.jpgJeff Bojé (r.) delivered the most inspirational speech I have ever heard at Bowl Expo when he was elected president of the BPAA during the 2004 convention in Las Vegas. Since Bojé's term as BPAA president was over and he had idle seconds in his life, he ran for USBC president and the board elected him to the position. His term ends Aug. 1 and he will preside over his final USBC convention April 27-May 1 in Reno, Nev.



Florida bowling legend Max Booke dies Sunday at age 93 By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Max Booke, whose career took off when he joined Piper Aircraft in 1936 and soared after he entered the bowling business in 1961, died Sunday at the age of 93 in Jacksonville. Booke was a unique individual because he started out dealing with boring financial books and wound up dealing with complex human beings. To know Max Booke was to like him and appreciate his ability as a businessman who got involved in his communities' endeavors.



Water no longer is only official drink of USBC Open Championships in Reno By Dick Evans

Say hello to alcoholic drinks (if so desired) while bowling

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg I am sure that all the members of the USBC Board of Directors agonized over the tough decision to change 100 years of history and allow alcoholic beverages to be purchased by bowlers during the prestigious United States Bowling Congress' Open National Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. To me, this a decision that has both a right and wrong aspect, depending on how you view the USBC Open Championships, which for years was promoted as the Showcase Event of the ABC.



USBC apparently takes first step in slashing budget By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Sometimes it hurts to be right. Through the mail Thursday, I got three issues of the Colorado Bowler News publication and I glanced at my stories -- because I often forget what I have written. My story in the December issue carried this headline: "USBC Faces Difficult Financial Times That Could Result in Drastic Measures to Save Money". Sadly, the day after I read my story again I got a call from John Jowdy. The first thing he asked me was if I had heard about who had been laid off by the USBC.



Look out Eldorado window and you see what has helped change Reno's image By Dick Evans

Reno leaders gambled on National Bowling Stadium and it has paid off

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Looking down at the lights of downtown Reno from my 18th floor room at the Eldorado Hotel/Casino made me realize what a great role that bowling and the Eldorado have played in the revitalization of this once cowboy gambling Mecca. The first time I drove through Reno in the 1960s the rave in the casino I visited was about the upcoming rodeo. It was not surprising because there were a lot of cowboys in the casino and I liked the sign hanging over Virginia Street: "The biggest little city in the world."



International Bowling Campus to feature best of yesterday and tomorrow By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg There have been famous duos who have changed history in one way or another by thinking as individuals but working as a historic team. The bowling industry has its own version of a dynamic duo in John Berglund and Jeff Bojé and the fruition of their impossible dream becomes a reality Jan. 25 with the dedication of the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas. Bojé, as president of the USBC, and Berglund, as executive director of the BPAA, appeared to me to operate as two men with one mind.

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Three Wise Men answer eight questions

Dick Evans on the opening of the new International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgIt is the glorious holiday time of the year when you hear songs about three wise men who lived 33 years before the current calendar was founded. And that brought to mind three wise men -- Pat Ciniello, Keith Hamilton and Bill Supper -- who are about to give the bowling world a wonderful gift that will be remembered for generations. It will be called the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame and will be located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.



Let's hope Sarah Palin does her bowling homework before Bowl Expo By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg I may be a minority of one but, when I go to any sports convention I expect the keynote speaker to be the Billy Graham of his/her sport and extol the virtues of that sport and charge up everyone in the audience. So imagine my surprise when I read that Sarah Palin, the GOP's vice-presidential nominee last year, was going to be the keynote speaker during the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America's Bowl Expo next June in Las Vegas.



Mary Jane Ciraco may not be greatest bowler, but she represents what is great about sport

By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg I have met many great bowlers in my life but none have impressed me more than Mary Jane Ciraco because of her love for the game and determination not to lose a bowling step as she moved around the country. To know Mary Jane is to know a 24/7 upbeat person who enjoys life to its fullest no matter whether it is on the golf course, the tennis courts, riding her horses, cooking, clogging at state fairs or bowling...especially bowling.



High scoring beats low scoring when it comes to bowling publicity By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgIt is amazing to consider how technology has changed the world since the early 1960s when only highly skilled bowlers could average 200. It baffles me why some people in bowling are opposed to higher scoring when virtually every thing in life and the world has changed so drastically in the past 50 years. Every sport I know understands that if athletes are not improving then the sport is going backwards and could be headed for oblivion.



Int'l Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame needs entire Campus complex to be part of lure By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg The old Showboat Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas came to mind when I was exchanging emails with Keith Hamilton, publisher of Bowlers Journal International. Keith, along with Pat Ciniello, are the movers and shakers who will be responsible for the new International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame that is being put together at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.



One man against the Bowling Establishment By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg While reading the resumes of 78 great bowling leaders, it dawned on me that there was one name missing and maybe for a reason: He was not a bowler, he was not a man who made a living through bowling, he never invented anything associated with bowling. All Lee Evans did was open the Western Hemisphere to international amateur bowling and he did it virtually all on his own. In the beginning, the bowling organizations in the United States laughed at Lee Evans' dream of "Uniting the Americas through bowling."



78 Bowling Leaders receive votes in survey to pick a Top 20 of All Time

By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgEddie Elias, the man who founded the PBA in 1958, has been voted the most influential man in bowling history in a survey of 17 veterans writers. Elias, who also negotiated the deal that brought the PBA instant fame as a Saturday afternoon staple on the ABC Television Network, garnered five first-place votes and finished with 262 points. The run-away winner in the decade survey was John Berglund, executive director of the BPAA for the past eight years and the man who has convinced all segments of the bowling industry to join in the International Bowl Expo celebration each year.




Jason Belmonte answers questions about Bowling across World By Dick Evans

Australia's Jason Belmonte talks About becoming a father, difference between bowling fans and media on different continents, promoting the sport, tremendous pressure to win quickly and cheesecake

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg The jury may be out about Jason Belmonte's ability to dominate the PBA Tour, but there is no question that he could be the next Don Carter and Dick Weber when it comes to creating interest in the tour and attracting world wide media attention for the bowling industry. What Belmonte's brings to the tour is a combination of the appeal of both Carter and Weber. In my estimation, there only have been two bowlers who have become favorites with bowlers, non-bowlers, media and advertisers on and off the lanes.



The Highs and Lows of USBC Convention Week in Reno

By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgMy mind is still hanging out at the fabulous Eldorado Hotel in downtown Reno and soaking in all the exciting events, but my body is slowly recovering back in Daytona Beach. I learned so many things during the United States Bowling Congress Convention April 28-May 1 that my cup runneth over with facts and opinions and even memories. Let's start from the beginning and the first facts I learned during the breakfast that the Eldorado threw for the Bowling Writers Association of America on April 29 were...

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Jeanne Naccarato proves leader of the "Band of Bowling Sisters" during Golden Ladies Classic By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Famous historical writer Stephen Ambrose made famous the E Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne in his "Band of Brothers" book about its many battles from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest during World War II. I won't make them famous, but I want to write about a "Band of Bowling Sisters" who competed in the 19th National Golden Ladies Classic at the Orleans Hotel/Casino's bowling center March 9-12. This particular "Band of Bowling Sisters" consisted of 71 bowlers, ranging in age from 50 into their 70s.

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