The Passing of Tom Kouros

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The Passing of Tom Kouros

Post by guruU2 » May 7th, 2019, 3:25 am

Great sorrow entered my being as I learned of Tom Kouros death a couple of days ago at the age of 92. Bowling has lost one of its historical great friends and icons and I have lost a dear friend. Tom was the author of THE BIBLE for bowling: PAR BOWLING (1975) and its sequential PAR BOWLING:The Challenge. He also wrote a monthly column, Par Bowling, in the Bowlers Journal International for years. He WAS bowling's scholar, historian and a sterling instructor/coach for many of the professionals in the 60's and 70s. I personally relish the many conversations we had on bowling: its history and development as a sport. He was a great team player and his fondest dream was for bowling to re established itself as a team sport. Before Fred Borden, Dick Ritger, Don Johnson and Bill Hall there was Bill Bunnetta, Bill Taylor and Tom Kouros. Bowling has now lost its three historical iconic master teachers. I miss all three. Tom Kouros you will NOT be forgotten. Thank you for being one of my sterling teachers and a friend.

PS: For the readers of this post- if you have not read PAR BOWLING: The Challenge, I HIGHLY recommend you obtaining a copy of this tome and reading it. You will NOT regret it.
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Re: The Passing of Tom Kouros

Post by kajmk » May 7th, 2019, 4:29 am

Though I never met Tom, I am very saddened at the news. I've often said that if the sport of bowling had a Mount Rushmore, Tom would belong on it. A few years ago, I discarded my Bowlers Journal collection, before doing so, I removed all of Tom's articles and they remain in my bowling library. Every serious bowler should always seek knowledge about our sport and Tom's work is among the true classics.
Gary, you are very fortunate to have Tom as a friend, cherish the memories.

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Re: The Passing of Tom Kouros

Post by TomaHawk » May 8th, 2019, 2:51 am

Kouros was truly an ambassador for the game of bowling. I met him briefly, just a hello. In that short moment one could tell, he was a gentleman worth remembering. There were not too many like him, definitely too few today.

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