Bowling History Research Process and Perfect Game Update -- 12/12/1995
Compiled by Jon Kelley
This is a resumption of the Bowling History column
started last year. Through this column, I hope to
communicate information from Kokomo’s bowling past
that is not well known, or may have been forgotten. I
hope to write a column each month of the bowling
season, providing I do not have to run any more golf
tournaments or take too many all expense paid trips to
Japan or China.
This article will explain how I obtain my information as
well as correct and update the information printed last
year on Kokomo’s perfect games.
First thing you might want to know is why I am writing
this column, or more precisely, why I am researching
the bowling history of Kokomo. I have been a part of
this community for about 16 years since graduating
from college. My knowledge of bowling in Kokomo
prior to 1980 was very limited. Don Johnson was one
of my favorite bowlers when I was just a kid. I did not
even know he was from Kokomo until I came here.
Being active in the bowling community, I wanted to
know more. There was much more to learn.
Being involved with the Kokomo Bowling Association
(KBA) is one way I can give back to bowling some of
what the sport has given me. Being a past winner of
the annual city tournament, I was curious who the early
champions were. When the KBA decided to publish a
yearbook two years ago, I thought it would be a good
idea to find out who the past champions were. That
started the snowball rolling!
The KBA knew most of the champions from the
tournaments after 1980. So, I started out looking in
1980 and worked my way back year by year. Here is
how the process worked.
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library has
microfilm of the Kokomo Tribune dating back to the
1800’s. What a huge resource of information! I started
searching the month the city tournament was usually
conducted. Then I looked at Monday’s paper, or the
day that the normal bowling column appear