T R I B U T E
ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT
SENIOR ALL STAR BOWLING ASSOCIATION
With sincere apologies to Lewis Carroll, I would like to begin this tribute to Jamie with the following words:
The time has come, the bowlers said to talk of many things: of balls and shoes and rolling bags of tournaments and dreams And why the SASBA group is sad And did we cause this thing.
Jamie had a dream. He wanted to provide a venue where older bowlers, really good older bowlers, could compete on a regular basis and continue to hone their bowling skills long past the time most of them would have been competing. Jamie dreamed and SASBA was born.
first ever Senior All Star Bowling Association tournament was held in
there were marvelous milestones along the way. We have had SASBA tournaments in
remember celebrating one very hot 4th of July in
and Jamie chased him down to tell him he was dragging his 100 foot cord behind
him. Before leaving
there was the tournament at Citiview when the hotel fire alarm went off at in the morning and we all had to
evacuate first squad was tough, but we bowled on. There is no forgetting the
were the trips to
I remember Conroe the year the AC died† it must have been at least 100 degrees in the bowling center, but we bowled on Copperfield was a popular destination and who can forget Stan & Billie Jeanís 50th Anniversary Celebration there that inspired The Story of Bowling. And the SASBA bowlers are still traveling from campsite to campsite; rolling stones at sticks, arguing whether the lefties or the righties have the advantage, and are still chiseling unkind comments to each other on cave walls (check the message board).
And who could forget our first SASBA cruise. The first couple of days were a little rough and we had to chase our food across the table, but it didnít stop our intrepid group from having a good time. If you werenít there be sure to ask Gayle Currie how she came to have 29 pairs of red panties we should have been reimbursed by the cruise line because we provided a good part of the dinner time entertainment. A big thank you to Raggedy Ann and Andy for organizing that trip.
last but not least, a big thank you to Jamie for all those Plano Christmases. The
SASBA Red Hat group was organized and had their first meeting here.That group was a direct result of SASBA after all just
how many bowling tournaments can a wife watch without something else to do. What
a great time we had and we just celebrated the first reunion of the former Red
Hatters last month in
All of these memories and many more are the result of Jamieís dream and Peggyís support. It is because of this dream that we became a family, a family of bowlers a family of friends. And in that spirit of family Jamie became the father figure. He looked out for us; he nicknamed us (many of you here tonight are known by a nickname Jamie gave you); and no matter what city or state we happened to be in, Jamie always knew the best places to eat. And it is because we became a family that we also argue and fight like family members do.How many arguments has Jamie listened to from both sides, or three or four; how many times has Jamie heard complaints about lane conditions, tournament rules and formats; how many hours has he spent getting bowling centers to sponsor tournaments; how many tournaments has he sponsored in his own houses; how many miles has he driven; how many times has he heard the check is in the mail or Iíll pay you at the tournament only to have to chase someone down and remind them.
And so Jamie tells us, it is time to retire. We are sad. We hope that your SASBA family is not the cause of your retirement that we have not driven you to make that decision. Instead we hope that you are retiring simply because you choose to do so Jamie, we would like to thank you for all the years you gave us, and we hope you had at least half as much fun as we did.
In memory of your dream and all your hard work we would like to present you with this plaque from your SASBA family. It reads:
For 19 years of putting up with our grichin, and bitchin, sometimes lengthily lamenting, and overall grousing about too easy, too hard, canít carry, Iím shutout, canít spare and not my shot.
No one else could have done it so effortlessly and still made it so much fun. You are truly one of a kind.
You will be missed.