Let’s go bowling … say, what?

According to Business Week

There was a growth spurt in bowling alleys after World War II. The U.S. added 2,000 bowling alleys between the end of World War II and 1958.

In 1958, the American Society of Planning Officials reported that “the bowling alley is fast becoming one of the most important—if not the most important—local center of participant sport and recreation.”

But, the bowling craze peaked and started to fade as folks found other ways to spend their spare time.

The U.S. had 4,061 bowling centers in 2012, down 25 percent from a high water mark in 1998.



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To counter the downward trend, bowling alleys are rebranding themselves as “bowling centers”, spiffing up the facilities, and adding ancillary entertainment (e.g. rock music, gaming arcades).

Following the industry lead,  “the exclusive bowling lanes reserved for White House employees and their guests are getting an upgrade.” 


In an article appropriately titled What Deficit? —TIME magazine snoopers reported that “the government is seeking to demolish the existing lanes and gutters in order to repair the aging substructure, and replace the wood lanes with synthetic ones.”

Budget deficit issues aside, the project brought to mind Candidate Obama’s stop at a bowling alley in Altoona Pennsylvania while on the populist campaign trail.

Even worse than his infamous Mom’s jeans first pitch, he rolled a gutter ball to start and quit after 7 frames after posting 37 pins on the scoreboard. (click to see video)




Do you think the President is getting bored with golf and is just trying to up his bowling game?

Gotta have priorities, right?

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In a follow-up to the TIME article, USA Today reports that the White House lanes’ project has been shelved “to avoid political criticism”.

Still, this gets filed under “you just can’t make this stuff up”…


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