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mrbowling300

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Received a nice email this morning that I wanted to share with the board:

Hi Keith, first of all thanks for posting all of the clips. It brought back a lot of memories for me. I basically grew up in Edison Lanes. I worked there as a young kid and got paid in free bowling because I was too young to get a SS card. The center started out with 66 lanes and later another 56 were added. The building was 1/8 mile long and the parking lot accommodated over 1000 cars. The largest league I remember was 36 teams and the Middlesex County Major League was just to the left of us and had 30 teams, so together they filled up the original 66 lanes. The thing I ember the most was how heavy the cigarette smoke was!
When the additional 56 lanes were added I remember that there was a waiting list for lanes every Saturday night. The place really rocked back then. After it closed I went back once and drove around the back of what is now a Shop Rite grocery and several other retail stores, I noticed that the original shell of the building is still intact. They apparently just remodeled and and filled all the spaces. The original owners were 2 brothers, Jim And Tom Swales, Tom was the mayor of Edison around 1960, a really nice guy. They also owned Best Block which is where all of the cinder blocks came from and built the outside shell of this immense building. Much like you I still love the game. Have a couple of 300's and an 840 series (with an open frame!). At 62 I still average around 210 because of the house condition we get these days. I now live in Lexington, KY where organized league bowling has really declined as of late. So your website and videos are a reminder of the 'good ol days'.. thanks...gary


mikeyevs

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I remember driving by edison lanes several times with my parents on US 1 when i was younger...my grandparents lived in edison, Nj i have an aunt who lives 2 minutes off route 1 in North Brunswick near Carolier

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