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IR Explores Bowling

January 30, 2008

The story of how Milwaukee became America's tenpin capital will be explored on I Remember Monday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. on Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV-10 and MPTV-HD).

The guest will be Doug Schmidt, author of "They Came to Bowl," a book tracing the life of bowling in Milwaukee from the 1800s when it was a tavern pastime through the height of its popularity in modern times.

The sport first came to local television in 1955 with Dick Johnson as the program host. The longest-running bowling show was Bowling with the Champs which was on the air for 40 years and ended in 1995.

Milwaukee has been the headquarters for The American Bowling Congress since the early 20th century. The men's group merged with the women's and national youth organizations in 2005 to become the United States Bowling Congress, headquartered in Greendale.

I Remember is simulcast on MPTV-HD (MPTV-36-1 and Time-Warner Cable 510). The host for I Remember is talk show veteran Jim Peck, currently a senior advancement officer at Marquette University.