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Johnny Bossart and bowling in Madison

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on February 6, 2009

Jane Kessenich (contributer to An East Side Album) and Clayton Bossart began corresponding, resulting in news about Clayton’s father Johnny, considered the “Father of Bowling in Madison.” Clayton wrote Jane, who forwarded to Sarah, the following message:

“I remember setting pins at some of the State Tournaments he organized. I think he belonged to just about all of them and thus “inherited” the job of “running the show” many times. Later on he gave me a break, or so I thought, by asking me to be an official scorekeeper. What he didn’t tell me was that many of the participants were more interested in the social drinking aspect than the bowling competition. Of course, when they bowled out of turn and their score was thus incorrectly logged in to somebody else, it was the scorekeepers fault even though he had never seen most of these men before.”


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