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Stuart McLean on bowling in Canada

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CBC Morningside regular Stuart McLean and host Peter Gzowski enjoy a chat about the game of bowling in Canada.  McLean presents his interview with Bowlerama owner Jack Fine, who knew Thomas Ryan.  Ryan gave the game of ten-pin bowling a Canadian twist by knocking the number of pins down to five, and changing some of the pieces and rules to fit the new format.  They discuss pinboys (Gzowski had worked as one), the evolution and popularity of the game, and the many reasons to love bowling.

Broadcast Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Host: Peter Gzowski
Reporter: Stuart McLean
Broadcast Date: Jan. 17, 1985
Duration: 12:29

Did You know?


• When Stuart McLean was deciding which small towns in Canada to focus on in his book Welcome Home: Travels in Small-town Canada, he said in this interview on Midday that he was wanting to find towns without bank machines, and where the bowling alley still had boys setting up the pins.

• Peter Gzowski talks about golfer Moe Norman having worked as a pinboy.  Watch here to see a profile of Norman, as presented on The National.


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