I was wondering about the history of bowling the other day, so I did a little research. Bowling may not be the most popular sport, but it has been around a long time.
- Archaeologist discovered a primitive bowling ball and bowling pins in the grave of an Egyptian boy (dated around 3200 BCE).
- There is a lawn bowling site in South Hampton, England, which records show has been operational since 1299.
- In 1841, bowling became illegal in Connecticut, because it was associated with gambling and crime.
- The first indoor bowling alley in America, was built in 1840, in New York City.
Jimmy Dean was a popular singer and actor in the 1950s and 1960s. He partnered with his brother Don and started a hog farm business in Plainview, TX. The brothers sold sausage to a local diner and their business quickly morphed into the largest supplier of sausage in America.
O.D. McKee founded McKee foods in 1960. He was trying to decide on a name for his snack cake brand and felt inspired by a picture of his four year old granddaughter, Debbie.
Debbie McKee-Fowler (Little Debbie) is now the Executive Vice President of McKee Foods.
Harland Sanders founded Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). He began selling franchise rights to his restaurant in 1952. He later sold the restaurant to a group of investors in 1964; however, he remained the ambassador for the KFC brand.
Sanders was bestowed the title Kentucky Colonel, which is an honor given by the state of Kentucky to its citizens. He was not an actual military colonel.
Colonel Sanders felt the quality of the food at KFC deteriorated after it was sold to the investment group and became highly critical of their business practices.
Hector Boiardi was born in Italy. He moved to American in 1914. Hector worked at the Plaza Hotel, and eventually he became the head chef. He was a caterer for the rich and famous, to include President Woodrow Wilson. Hector opened his first Italian restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Later in life, he created the Chef Boyardee brand.
Oscar Mayer was originally from Bavaria. He moved to America when he was 14 years old. Oscar Mayer worked in Detroit as a butcher boy. After moving to Chicago, he started working in retail. Oscar Mayer, opened his first shop in 1883 and his products quickly became an American staple.
In the introduction the author describes the book as being, “Plucked from all eras of history, and from around the globe, the bad in this book are intended to amuse, tantalize, and enlighten-without being predictable.”
I enjoyed reading the book. At times I laughed at the absurdity of some of the atrocious circumstances. At other times, I winced at the horror of it all.