Bowlers sometimes act as if they come from a different world. Just watch them on the bowling alleys and they all have a unique way of expressing themselves.
Additionally, bowlers are some of the most quotable people in any sport. So with the year nearly half over, it’s time to look back at some of the more clever and memorable quotes from bowlers that made life a bit more interesting.
This is Part 1 of a series.
Jan. 24, 2012 – Santa Clarita Valley’s Theo Sojourn, on bowlers’ resilience: “Heart attacks, strokes and people come back to bowl. It’s just amazing that some people can get hurt and they have a chance in bowling to come back.”
Jan. 18, 2012 – Canoga Park’s Alan Logan, on his surprise reunion with long-lost first cousin Annette Logan Wilkins at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills: “She walked right past me and I said, ‘Annette!’ and she said, ‘Alan!’ I just jumped and gave her a big hug over the ball return. I just grabbed her. She’s my favorite cuz and she just lit up. It was just so much fun. I was grabbing her – and we were like two monkeys. I was just so tickled . . . so pleasantly surprised. I had had such a crappy day – and she looked great. There were no awkward moments. It was like we hadn’t seen each other for a summer.”
Jan. 12, 2012 – Palm Desert’s 74-year-old Ken Borshell, on requesting more women bowlers in his league: “Damn tootin’. I’m not dead yet. When I get older, my eyes get younger.”
Dec. 15, 2011 – Chatsworth’s Tom Martino, on Agoura Hills’ Gayle Aron, his team’s leadoff bowler: “It seems like when Gayle goes well, we all do well. She’s like a mother duck and when she turns right, we turn right. We all follow her. She’s the sparkplug.”
Dec. 10, 2011 – Chatsworth’s Joe Curry, on bowling a sizzling 705 series with games of 213, 228 and 264: “I was very happy but would have been happier with a 300.”
Dec. 9, 2011 – Winnetka’s Doug Tucker, explaining his majestic bows after he bowls a strike: “It’s like a football player who makes a touchdown – that’s what he does. It’s my celebrity thing. It shows I did something right.”
Dec. 3, 2011 – Newbury Park’s Diane Marie, who returned to bowling after a 35-year absence, on what makes bowling so special for her: “You get a turn even if you’re lousy.”
Nov. 17, 2011 – Chatsworth’s Tom Martino, on effervescent bowler Carol Tucker of Van Nuys: “Her smile is bigger than she is.”
Nov. 17, 2011 – Carol Tucker on retiring from full-time duty after teaching math for 40 years: “I felt like the luckiest person on Earth because I enjoyed my career so much and I was able to retire with enough money to buy bowling shoes, running shoes and frozen yogurt.”
Nov. 7, 2011 – Former major league baseball player Rick Auerbach of Woodland Hills, on routinely practicing once or twice a week by bowling up to 20 games: “Everyone tells me I can’t bowl so much but I enjoy it. And I do it to stay in shape. You bowl 15 or 20 games, now that’s a workout!”