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Retro Cool Bowling

Bowling coverBowling
Burton
1973

Submitter: It is important for us to provide information on pastimes and hobbies for our students’ leisure time. Which is why this bowling book from 1973 is a great choice. There’s nothing kids today like better. Inexplicably, it has never circulated. Perhaps we should leave it on the shelf to give it a chance to find its audience?

Holly: I’m not sure why there are so many old bowling books hanging around in libraries. Every single one of them has groovy fashion and represents a time when bowling was the hip, cool thing to do. Or, at least, it must have been seeing as how so many titles were published on the subject in the early 70s. It’s fine to have bowling books, but represent the current decade, at least! Now they have cosmic bowling  with black lights and automatic scoring. Sounds much cooler to me!

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4 Responses to Retro Cool Bowling

  • Is he a bit obsessed about well-drilled holes? Think of all the double-entendres the students are missing by not reading these old sports books?!

  • My mom’s been bowling for as long as I can remember. I ,on the other hand, have never developed an interest in playing a slow, boring game in a noisy bowling alley while wearing stiff, uncomfortable shoes worn by who knows how many people that all they do is spray with some substance before giving them to you.

    • I know what you mean. The used shoes were the worst part — I would never buy second-hand shoes, so why should I pay to wear them? But, the church I grew up in had two bowling alleys in the basement (alas, gone now — I asked) and we often bowled (candlepin) wearing our own shoes, after choir practice or before Girl Scouts or something. And then in college I took duckpin bowling one semester, and wore my own shoes there, too.

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