What were you doing 10 years ago this week? 2008 revisited

Some nice compliments were sent my way about the “50 years ago column” I penned last month. A few of my readers weren’t even alive then, so the names and facts didn’t mean as much. To accommodate those younger people, this column will “only” go back 10 years.

So what were you doing the first week of February 2008? If you are my age, just trying to remember what you did 10 minutes ago is difficult. Let’s take a look at what I found perusing old A-T pages.

One of the first things that caught my attention was the fact that the city of Findlay was concerned about flood waters. I guess some things don’t change. Groundhog Day was going to bring an ice storm. That would only exacerbate the problem.

Without trying to dredge up some bad memories, the lead story of the day was a cost estimate to restore the courthouse. That was a situation that drug on for a long time and is about to be finally concluded later this year.

Mayor Jim Boroff proclaimed that Frank Barber Day would be held on Feb. 6. Barber was a longtime voice heard on WTTF. An editorial in The A-T spoke about the contributions of the man who would be leaving the air waves.

I read an article on former colleague and friend Steve Lucius, who recorded his 400th win coaching New Riegel girls’ basketball. Later in the week Andra Bell coached her last home game for the girls of Upper Sandusky. A 52-50 victory over Tiffin Columbian gave her 536 career wins. A couple of coaching legends, wouldn’t you say?

Two former features of the A-T, Just For Kids and Word on the Street, were found. I recall looking at the latter each week to see if I knew any of the people that were interviewed. I always hoped I would not be stopped just in case the reporter asked a question I knew nothing about. Luckily, I was never embarrassed.

Locally, Consumer Cellular was offering cell phone plans starting at $10. Pauline Reinhart retired after 54 years of delivering The A-T. Talk about longevity. At the box office, films such as Rambo, Juno, 27 Dresses and The Bucket List were top attractions.

As for TV viewing, the tab had a picture of three actresses who were going to star in a new series called Lipstick Jungle. If this show, starring Brooke Shields, did become a reality, it did not make the scene at my house. Anyone remember the show?

Ohio State signed 19 recruits for Jim Tressel’s football team, but the number did not include Terrelle Pryor, who was not ready to make a commitment. He later did, though whether that was good for the Buckeyes is open to question.

On the national sports scene Roger Clemens appeared before a Congressional committee denying he had ever used steroids. It would seem that many people still do not believe him. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was about to make his Daytona 500 debut, with Hendrick Motorsports. Twenty-eighteen will be the first year in a long time without him, much to the chagrin of Junior Nation.

A 30-second advertising spot on the 2008 Super Bowl would cost a mere $2.7 million. Compare that to the costs of one 10 years later, as today you can watch those ads and, perhaps, the game!

I found a lot of bowling scores that first week of February 10 years ago. Let’s look at some names that are still on the bowling scene and a few that are not.

The Wednesday Morning League was led by Ken Lofton, Bob Conger and Dave Jumper. Leaders in the Rocket League included Justin Dickson, Tim Sturgill, John Klingshirn and Jack Kramer. The Holy Name League top shooters were Jim Kingseed, Dave Porter and Tom Traunero. Steve Steinmetz Sr., Steve Steinmetz Jr. Deb Nominee and Anne Laughlin led the Imperial-Majorette League.

Deb Spurk topped the Coffeebreak League. Lorrie Williams led the Alley Cats League. Deb Cleveland took top honors in the Ladies Classic League. Mark Phillips led the men and Janice Young the women in the Sunday Night Rock N Roll League. Likewise Mark Baxter was the leading scorer for the guys in the Saturday Night Mixed Doubles League. Jen Rosenbalm topped the ladies.

The league that stood out 10 years ago was my own. The Sportsman League was led by my teammate Carl Bishop who shot games of 236-300-258 for a 794 series. He was followed by another teammate, Jon Frankart, who shot a hefty 685. The rest of the honor roll list included Ron Yentzer, Tony Selhorst, Greg Anspach and Rich Yates Sr. Surprisingly (or not), my name was not among the elite bowlers that evening.

A couple of memories came back to me about that night. First of all, Jon Frankart would have led the scoring on many occasions. Six-hundred-and-eighty-five is a great score, but didn’t even come within 100 pins of Carl’s score. I think this was the night that Carl had 17 consecutive strikes at one point. When he finally left a pin, the rest of us had strikes and we hung him. Still brings a little bit of a smile to my face.

I have proof that I shot scores in the 720s and 730s, but on both occasions I did not lead my team let alone the league. Yes, Carl is that good!

Finally, I found my column from 10 years ago. It was about PBA bowlers and their residences – similar to my column from a couple of weeks ago.

History does have a way of repeating itself!

Al Stephenson is The A-T’s bowling columnist.

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