The Secret Service detail at the White House operated without the services of Jim Klock for about a month this summer.
"I finally had to have to surgery on my shoulder," said Klock, a Columbia resident. "Whenever I threw a [bowling] ball, the pain was intense.
"It wasn't bowling that did the damage to my shoulder. "It was throwing a baseball that started the problem. It compounded a problem with the alignment of the arm and a shoulder that I had since I was a kid."
Klock was a pitcher in high school and college and, as most pitchers do, lived with discomfort and pain in his arm.
"And I bowled on the [Erie] college team, too," Klock said. "But I laid off for about six-seven years and forgot about the shoulder."
Last year Klock returned to bowling and suddenly remembered his shoulder . . . and ignored it until the pain increased to the point where he couldn't bowl at his usual level.
A 205-average tenpin bowler in college, he was averaging 180 in the Wednesday Men's NFL Trio league at Brunswick Columbia last year and bowling in "a lot of NABI tournaments."
Released by the doctor this week after the July operation, he's recovering his arm strength rapidly.
"I'll probably start league bowling this week," Klock said. "I don't have any pain but the arm is weak. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to use a 14-pound ball for a while."
He's also positive that he'd be coaching 40 or 50 Special Olympians, starting yesterday.
RTC "The Special Olympics is very important to me," Klock said. "In New York I was always involved with the junior program, and I'm a certified instructor, so helping the Special Olympians with their bowling skills was a natural for me."
The program at Bowl America Westwood is to get the participants ready for the Special Olympics qualifying round in October. The finals of the Olympics will take place in December.
"What I want to do is teach the fundamentals of the game," said Klock, who is coordinating the program. "To give the Special Olympians a chance to develop their bowling skills to the best of their ability. I'm lucky that a bunch of local bowlers have volunteered their time to help."
If you'd like to help some future Special Olympian champions, stop at Bowl America Westwood on Saturday. You'll receive more than you give.
Picking up where he left off
Frank Bromley is a senior tenpin bowler who started with duckpins.
"I was born and raised in Baltimore," he said, "And at that time if you bowled, you bowled ducks."
Retired from D-M Distributors, the Catonsville resident is picking up where he left off last season.
Last season in the 26th week in Club 55 at Brunswick Normandy, he was 61 pins over average to become Bowler of the Week.
Last week, the second week of the new season, the pins didn't have a chance.
"I'm still throwing the same old bowling ball," Bromley said. "A 14-pound Columbia Yellow Dot. I was wasn't doing anything different, but I did bowl in three leagues this summer."
This season he'll return to all the leagues he bowled in last year -- Thursday Club 55 at Normandy, Tuesday at both Fair Lanes Rolling Road and Fair Lanes Ritchie and Wednesday back to Ritchie.
Last year he averaged 168; his career high game is 256, his high series 600 plus.
The first week in Club 55 he averaged 152; the second week he fired a 588 set. That was a huge 132 pins over his first-week set of 456 and made him Bowler of the Week. And raised his average to 174.
Leagues still have openings
The new season is here, but not all the leagues have started. Brunswick Normandy has a few leagues for folks who still want to bowl.
Next Sunday, the Afternoon Mixers will start bowling at 3:30 p.m. Teams have four members, and the league meeting will be at 3 p.m. before competition begins.
On Oct. 10, the Adult/Child League rolls onto the lanes. It's got a 3 p.m. starting time, and the cost is $5.50 for children and $8.50 for adults.
On Oct. 11, the Econo League will begin. It starts at 9:15 p.m., with four to a team, mixed, and $8 per week per bowler.
Every Monday at 12:30 p.m., the Senior Special is in action. The Color Pin Sweeper is $6 per bowler. It's a chance to win money and a sure way to have fun.