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I went down tonight for the practice session. I met (and got autographs) from Johnny Petraglia (Com. exemption) Pete Weber and his wife Tracy (a wonderful woman) Chris Barnes, Parker Bohn III, Brian Voss, and so many others.

The highlight easily was seeing and meeting MARK ROTH! He was standing, he was using a walking cane. He looked very good. Soft spoken, but understood him clearly. He said he was ready to bowl now! He signed my program, and told him of all of the prayers we have been sending his way. His wife was there too and thanked her for everything as well.

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Glad to hear Mark is friendly and joking around. These past few months have not been good for him and its good to hear of all the support people are giving him at the tourney stop.
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I went down tonight for the practice session. I met (and got autographs) from Johnny Petraglia (Com. exemption) Pete Weber and his wife Tracy (a wonderful woman) Chris Barnes, Parker Bohn III, Brian Voss, and so many others.

The highlight easily was seeing and meeting MARK ROTH! He was standing, he was using a walking cane. He looked very good. Soft spoken, but understood him clearly. He said he was ready to bowl now! He signed my program, and told him of all of the prayers we have been sending his way. His wife was there too and thanked her for everything as well.


He used to be a real jerk before the stroke.  Glad to see that he realized people still actually care about him and changed his attitude.
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It's funny how people's opinions are different on certain people.

Mark Roth was my favorite bowler growing up. I had seen him at several stops, but I finally got to see him close up at the tour stop in Taylor, MI back in the late 80's or early 90's. I was there to watch my buddy Joe Firpo bowl. It was the last game of the tournament & both Mark & Joe were sitting around 20th & bowled next to each other in the position round.

It was a tight race at the top, so about 95% of the crowd was watching the matches on the opposite side of the house. The bowlers were kind of loose because they weren't bowling for much. Mark was very friendly & very funny. He threw a couple shots left handed (and struck by the way) & showed us how many patches he put on his hand. I don't know if it was the light crowd or because he wasn't bowling for anything, but I really enjoyed it.

I've heard the stories & rumors about him, but my experience with him was a very positive one.


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I bowled the pro-am at Striker's 2 years ago.  He was outside smoking and a few kids came up and asked him for his autograph.  He was rather rude with them, brushed them off quickly.

I, on the other hand, went up to him while he was out there after that and had a great conversation about the old days.  I'm not saying that he was a jerk to me, I'm just saying that he was a crotchety old man at times when it came to some things.
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