2019 is quickly coming to a close and a new decade is upon us…
It was certainly a fun year for this bowling couple. Genie and I were inducted into the Texas State USBC Hall of Fame in May. What an amazing evening that was. Our family and friends were there to help us celebrate and watching Genie give her speech was something I will forever cherish. I started a new endeavor this year with my Out of Range Podcast on BowlTV. I’ve really enjoyed that as its something that lets me express myself in a whole new way, and on top of that, I’ve been able to interview and interact with bowlers I never would have before.
With this edition, The Bowling News completes 63 years in print…63 years. I wonder what Joe Genarro had planned for this little endeavor when he started the publication in 1956. All I can say is that Genie and I are both extremely proud to be able to continue the publication and celebrate the accomplishments of bowlers all over the southwest.
All of us are lucky that Joe saw a need and found a way to fulfill it. I still love looking back at past issues and seeing the names of great bowlers from the past and what will become of our youth bowlers. That is what The Bowling News was built on and will always be about.
God bless you, Joe Gennaro.
We would like to thank Mark London, our lead columnist, for providing amazing content each and every week. He is a true bowling historian and I can’t wait to watch the “lost bowling videos” he is able to find, it’s my favorite thing! As always, a BIG THANK YOU to G-MA, Genie’s mom, for typing up all of the scores every week, we couldn’t do it without you, nor would we want to. Steve McBride has stepped in and become a life-saver in delivering the papers to the centers each and every week. This is no small task I can assure, it’s a full-day job in travelling all over the metroplex. Thank you so much, Steve!
To the bowling centers that support the paper, we can’t thank you enough for your constant belief in the paper and what it provides to the bowlers. The SW area is so lucky to have great proprietors that step up to give something to the bowlers that no other area has. Thanks, thanks, thanks!
On a personal level, I would like to thank Genie Franklin for being the driving force behind keeping the paper going for the past 10 years. Yes, we have owned The Bowling News for 10 years now…wow I can’t believe it’s been that long. She does it all and produces the finest bowling publication this country has ever seen, and I am so very proud of the job she does. She’s the very best !!!
So, that will put a bow on 2019. As always, we will be taking off for the next two weeks, but will be back the second week of January.
See you in 2020 friends,
Tony & Genie Franklin