Men bowlers, 1960 group photo
top photos courtesy Los Angeles Public Library
Bowling fashions are modeled by women at the 25th Annual College Clinic fashion show held at the Waldorf Astoria, sponsored by Mademoiselle.
The Lane Master, the first automatic lane cleaning and conditioning machine, hits the market.
Make That Spare, a 15-minute television show, is produced to fill gaps in the Friday Night Fights timeslot.
The Professional Women’s Bowling Association holds its inaugural event in Miami.
Beehives and bowling balls
On the premiere episode of The Flintstones, Barney builds "The Barney Copter," which Fred renames "The Flintstone Flyer," and the boys use it to go bowling instead of to the opera with their wives.
The first televised showing of a PBA final is broadcast in 1961, showcasing the National PBA Invitational in Paramus, New Jersey.
Milton Berle’s Jackpot Bowling awards a bowler $75,000 for throwing six straight strikes. The program airs on NBC on Friday nights from 1959 until 1961.
The Navy installs a two-lane bowling alley at a research station in Antarctica.
In 1962, Pro Bowlers Tour, a live bowling telecast, premieres on ABC Sports as a lead-in to Wide World of Sports. The show, which made national sports heroes out of bowlers such as Dick Weber and Don Johnson, remained on the air until 1997.
Membership in the American Bowling Congress reaches its all-time high with just under 4.6 million sanctioned adult male League bowlers.
In a special event Operation AstroBowl, champion bowlers Sylvia Wene and Dick Weber bowl aboard a flight from New York to Dulles on a 707 equipped with AMF bowling lanes.
The biggest tournament in the history of bowling, the $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions, kicks off in 1965.