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Bowlers Journal Timeline TIMELINE


BY J.R. SCHMIDT { jrschmidt@bowlersjournal.com } 1995


The National Bowling Stadium opens.


The ABC celebrates its cen- tennial with the dedication of “The First Wonder of the Bowling World.” Built by the city of Reno, the National Bowling Stadium has 80 lanes, a 400-bowler squad room, an 11,000-sq.-ft. pro shop, and a $46 million price tag. A record 17,285 teams turn out for the Stadium’s inaugural ABC Tournament.


1995 4


Collegiate bowling makes great strides.


Wichita State has become a college


bowling powerhouse. The university’s administration confirms the value of the program by making Shock- er coach Gordon Vadakin the first full-time, paid collegiate-level bowling coach.


EVERYTHING BOWLING, ALL THE TIME


THE 1990s 1997 5


ABC-TV cancels ‘Pro Bowlers Tour.’


The network drops one of the


longest-running sports programs in television history, as Chris Schenkel and Bo Burton sign off for the final time. It’s not the end of bowling on TV, but the passage of time has demonstrated just how vital those Saturday afternoon telecasts were to the sport.


1997 6


1999


A sanctioned 900 series is recorded.


University of Nebraska student


Jeremy Sonnenfeld rolls three consecutive perfect games during a fund-rais- ing tournament in Lincoln. The score is accepted by the ABC, marking the first time a 900 series has gained official recognition. (Hall of Famer Glenn Alli- son’s perfect series, rolled 15 years earlier, remains unrecognized.)


‘Glow Bowling’ catches on.


“Glow Bowling” is only one name. Depending on where you go, it might also be called Cosmic Bowling, or X-treme Bowl- ing, or Disco Bowling, or something else. It features a blacked-out bowling center, dazzling lights and loud music. And by the end of the 1990s, it has become an integral part of open play.


About The Author: J.R. Schmidt has been BJI’s resident historian since 1990. Normally, he writes the monthly “Time Capsule” feature,but during BJI’s 100th anni- versary year, we’ve asked him to assemble a monthly bowling timeline — one for each decade of the magazine’s existence — to be complemented by photographs and illustra- tions from BJI’s massive “morgue.” Schmidt, an avid bowler, also main- tains a blog about bowling history.


CLICK HERE: To check out his personal photo gallery of ABC/USBC Open Tour- nament team photos


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