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FACTS TO BOWL YOU OVER: EVENT TO BENEFIT HOSPITALIZED KIDS

 FACTS TO BOWL YOU OVER: EVENT TO BENEFIT HOSPITALIZED KIDS
 SOLANA BEACH, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Where can you find a turkey, poodle, dodo, crow hopper, kitty, mule ears and a rat club all under one roof? Not behind cage bars at the zoo, but between the lines -- at your neighborhood bowling center. Everybody knows that getting a strike is bad in baseball, and good in bowling. But did you know that bowling lanes can be found in the White House, the Playboy mansion, in European castles, on ships at sea and in the basements of private homes?
 What is the bowling mystique that keeps fans lining up at the lanes? Many will find out when they participate in the 1992 IOF Foresters Bowling for Miracles, which could well become the largest bowl-a-thon in history.
 This international fund-raising event benefits hospitalized children and youth bowlers throughout the United States and Canada. The annual event is the joint creation of Children's Miracle Network (CMN) and the Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA).
 Ah, bowling. A game by any other name would play as sweet. And there have been other names, like duckpins, candlepins, bowls, skittles, kegling, nine-pin, Dutch pins and quilles.
 The fun, camaraderie and art of bowling is not exactly a best-kept secret. There are an estimated 79 million bowlers in the United States and Canada, making it North America's favorite participant sport. This democratic activity is not prejudiced by age. The youngest 300 (perfect game) bowler was 11 years old; the oldest was 80. Nor does bowling favor one gender over the other. The most important personal requirements are concentration, balance and coordination.
 Bowling has a rich heritage of legend and lore. Remnants of the game's paraphernalia were excavated from an Egyptian pharoah's tomb, dating back to 5200 B.C. It wasn't until much later that bowling discovered America. In the 1620s, the game of ninepins -- a precursor to today's 10-pin version -- was imported to New York by Dutch settlers. This game used a diamond formation of pins rather than the triangle.
 Participants who bowl for miracles can earn awards like television sets, compact disc players, camping tents and trips to Disneyland to attend the May 30-31, star-studded 1992 Children's Miracle Network Telethon.
 Children's Miracle Network is an international fundraising organization benefiting 160 hospitals for children that treat more than 5 million patients every year. Unique among telethons, CMN is organized so that 100 percent of local donations stay in the community to help hospitalized children. The IOF Foresters is a not-for-profit family fraternal organization. For details on how to join in the fun, and to obtain your two-bowl-for-the-price-of-one coupon, call toll-free at 800-258-4CMN.
 BOWLING LINGO DEMYSTIFIED(a)
 Turkey: three strikes in a row
 Poodle: to roll a gutter ball
 Dodo: a bowling ball over the legal weight or out of
 proper balance
 Crow hopper: loose, clawlike grip on the ball at release point
 Kitty: fines collected from team members
 Mule Ears: the 7-10 split
 Rat Club: a team shooting horribly low scores for one game
 Woolworth: the 5-10 split
 Strike: to knock all the pins down with the first ball of a
 frame
 Cheese cakes: lanes on which strikes come easy
 Grave yards: lanes on which a strike is tough
 Poison ivy: the 3-6-10
 (a) "Professional Bowlers Association Guide to Better Bowling"
 Chuck Pezzano, Simon and Schuster, NY 1974
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 /CONTACT: Henry DeVries or Robyn Bottomley, both of The Independent Order of Foresters, 619-755-5151/ CO; The Independent Order of Foresters ST: California IN: SU:


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