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IN 1947 I BEGAN SETTING UP PINS AT THE PARAGON RECREATION IN WOONSOCKET R.I.
AND I AM TRYING TO FIND ANYONE WHO WOULD HAVE PICTURES OF REAL PINBOYS WORKING
,I BEGAN WHEN I WAS 12 ,TURNED 13 IN AUGUST ,1 MONTH AFTER I STARTED... AFTER
I LEFT WOONSOCKET I NEVER BOWLED DUCKPINS AGAIN ... BUT TRYING TO EXPLAIN
TO ANYONE WHAT IT IS LIKE ? IS A NIGHT MARE AND SO WAS THE JOB/. JAMES WALSH
OWNED THE ALLEY I WORKED AT AND HE TOOK US TO THE REDSOX /YANKEE GAME EVERY
SUMMER,, 2 ELLIS ST 781-932-1640
JOSEPH P BELL
woburn , MA USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 17:33:13 (EST)
It was a cold Sunday yesterday so i took my wife and 2 children under age
5 to White Oak Lanes. Had a good time. Then today googled "duckpin" and found
this interesting site. Very nice reading. I plan to go back to White Oak
as much as I can and spread the word on how nice duckpin is (i never heard
of it before. i am orig. from cincinnati ohio) thanks, Robin.
wheaton, md USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 23:12:16 (EST)
I must say that this site is amazing! I'm from Philly, Pa and Duckpins are
not near me, but since I love the game of bowling, I'm sure that bowlers
everywhere would enjoy this too! Does anyone know of any sites for marketing
info on Duckpin bowling? (I'm doing a project for college) Thanks! Rob
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 14:47:25 (EDT)
I recently learned my grandfather, Chris Hemminger was listed in Ripleys
Believe It Or Not. In 1946, at the age of 60, he bowled 77 straight games
of Duck Pins. They even sent me a copy of the article. I also learned that
he owned a bowling alley in New York somewhere. Probably Broad Channel in
Queens. Does anyone remember it?
Orlando, FlI USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 13:22:43 (EDT)
This is a fantastic website! I was surprised to see that there are still
duckpin centers (though very few) in so many states. I had thought that it
was only still alive in RI, Conn, Mass, Maryland and Va. I have also been
worried about the decline of this sport and wish to do something to try and
help it survive. Oh, and by the way, RI is now down to only six centers still
in operation. Hearthside was recently closed down, sold to a supermarket
chain is what I heard. Keep up the good work with this site, promoting the
sport and this forum for exchange can only help. Keep on rollin' Briand
richmond, RI USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 10:23:49 (EDT)
I went duckpin bowling this past weekend for the first time in years. It
was a BLAST! Can't believe how the scoreboard is computerized. I've even
considered joining a league if I can find one in the area. I used to be on
a league in elementary school, it all came back to me this weekend...and
I even bowled a 116...YAY! Great site, Thx!
Annapolis, MD USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 00:35:52 (EDT)
I had a chance to try it for the first time in November '03 while visiting
my sister in New Haven. How great that you don't have to worry about the
weight of the ball like ten pin, because they weigh the same as skee balls!
It was so much fun; I can't wait to do it again when I go back for my sister's
graduation this week. I wish it could catch on here in the bay area. I think
it could be really popular.
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 01:52:43 (EDT)
I have been bowling duckpin as long as i can remenber. The best part about
it is the stories that can be told about it. For instance my dad was tell
me how he won first prize on a TV game show called "PinBusters" I am hoping
to find a copy of that show. I wish I could of had a chance to try out for
New Windsor, MD USA - Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 18:40:00 (EDT)
You have a great website for duckpins. Our company was a big operator of
duckpin centers in the Philippines in the past years but we had to close
all of them due to the popularity of tenpins in our country. For those who
are interested, we have an inventory of over 200 duckpin wood lanes and shermann
pinsetters. We also have automatic scoring for 48 duckpin lanes. Al of these
equipment are in good operating condition and we have competent peole who
can install them too. However, some people have been asking me where we can
purchase strikemaster brand of fiberglass duckpins bowlimg pins. Hope you
can be of help.
makati, Philippines - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 04:30:11 (EDT)
I stumbled on this site and it was great to see that duckpins are still going.
I miss the game, I miss all of my friends I made while bowling. Good luck
Solon, OH USA - Wednesday, March 02, 2005 at 11:32:32 (EST)
This maybe a long shot but, my father was the Pres. of the Baltimore Men's
pro-league in the late 70's and early 80's. He passed away in the 1987 of
a heart attack. He's name was Edward (Buzz)Bockstie. I was hoping someone
might remember who he was and even may have bowled with him. I was also hoping
to get some old photo's if anyone knew who he was. Sadly to say that I am
not a duck pin bowler but a ten pin bowler. The center was right up the street
from my house. My mother was also on the women's pro tour in the late 70's
as well. Her name is Regina (Jean) Bockstie. Thank you for your time. Good
luck and high scoring.
Baltimore, MD USA - Thursday, February 03, 2005 at 22:25:11 (EST)
hi. i am five years old. i like to duckpin bowl with my dad. there are no
duckpin lanes in northern virginia. your site helped me find lanes in maryland.
i will go there soon. thanks again.
bryan christman <rnansbch>
springfield, va USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 20:24:43 (EST)
DUCKPINS? Yes. I first saw it in WHEATON MARYLAND. I grew up in SILVER SPRING.
Great game. Harder to bowl than ten pin to me, but I suppose its what you
get used to. In Massachusetts, they prefer it. CANDLEPIN, DUCKPIN, pretty
much the same. I believe Candlepin is thinner pins. I bowled in BAGUIO
PHILIPPINES. These bar girls took me bowling and I couldn't believe it. DUCKPINS,
but they were reset by HAND. NO MACHINES. I tried hard not to bowl into the
guys feet after drinking lots of SAN MIGUEL. Another surprise was the SHAKEYS
PIZZA I grew up eating in Maryland, is all over MANILA like McDONALDS here
in the states.
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 01:16:47 (EST)
My parents meet at a duckpin bowling alley. My fathers first job was setting
pins at a duckpin bowling alley. I grew up at Holiday Lanes in Manchester,
Connecticut, bowling in 2 leagues and every event that I could. My brother
grew up tp be a much better bowler than I did and got to the Connecticut
Duckpin Hall of Fame. It is a sport that I wish was in Chicago, as I have
very happy memories and a strong desire to bowl again. Thanks for the web
site and I hope that duckpin bowling makes a return.
Downers Grove, Il USA - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 22:07:18 (EST)
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