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2018 Hall of Fame Inductee

Lou Gilless  was a late bloomer to bowling, not starting til he was in his 20’s at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, but he loved it and has served the bowling community for over 40 years!  Lou worked as a civil servant for the Department of Defense before retiring in 2001! Lou has been involved for many years in his local association and was also a Director on the State USBC for several years!



2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

On August 19, 1930, Phyllis Joan, was the first and only child born to parents, Henry and Amie Battey, both since deceased. We spent most of my toddler years in El Monte, California. I had a pet, a huge white rabbit named Wiggles (named after his wiggly nose). My favorite toy, given me on my First Birthday, was a huge Gold German Teddy Bear that had jointed arms and legs and real glass eyes. He stands 25 inches high. (Amazingly, 86 years later, l still have the bear, which is preserved in a plastic showcase in my home.) Our neighbors were the dairy cows on the other side of the fence in the backyard and across the dirt road, at the front yard, a Walnut Grove. My father was a specialized Switchman for Ma Bell Telephone Company and prior to my kindergarten age, he was transferred to then Los Angeles area. We did not own a car in those days so l and other neighbor children walked to Burnside Avenue Elementary School, which was a block north of Venice Blvd. We used to wait at the tracks before crossing Venice, just so we could watch the popular Red Streetcar fly by on its way to the end of the line at “Venice’s Muscle Beach. The summer l finished Burnside my father was transferred to the Bell office in the Leimert Park area. I attended and graduated from Audubon Jr. High and that fall enrolled in a business major, at Manual Arts High School at 42 and Vermont, l proved to scam exceptionally well in Bookkeeping, Typing and Gregg Shonhand. l was a member of the Girls’ Volleyball Team, and pretty good at the net, because l was taller than most of the other girls! Shortly after graduation from Manual Arts in 1948, l was employed by the Western/Beverly Branch of the Security National Bank as a Safe Deposit Teller. ln 1949 l accepted an offer from the Los Angeles Branch of General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) where l could put to work the skills l learned in high school and earn more money. l eventually was promoted to the Special Collections Department Specialist. I held that position 35 years until ln 1983 and at age 53, l chose to retire with full benefits. lt was a wonderful company to work for and l have always been very faithful to them by only driving a GM product.

While still employed with GMAC, I married Richard Ryan in 1952 and moved to Hawthorne, located in the South Bay near LAX Airport. We were blessed with three beautiful children, Kathleen in 1953, followed by two boys, Timothy in 1956 and Kevin in 1959. By the time Kathleen was five, she was learning to swim at the Hawthorne Pool and progressed exceptionally well to eventually compete in the Hawthorne Swim Club. Both boys, by age seven, were playing Pop Warner Football, Little League Baseball, and progressed up to the Middle League Division. Whichever sport, l captured the moments.

Understandably, each sport expected parents not only to attend the events but to volunteer to work all of the money-making projects. Somehow, I managed to meet these commitments around my work schedule. Each of the children successfully finished high school and immediately found their path for their future. Kathleen became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for Kaiser Permanente 30 years, since retired. Tim joined the U.S. Navy Dive Locker in San Diego, serving 20 years, retiring as Master Chief. As a civilian, he was hired as Contract Manager for San Diego State University, for 14 plus years, since retired. Kevin began with Anheiser-Busch as a big rig driver delivering the merchandise; moving his way up the ladder to currently Safety and Risk Manager for the San Diego Plant. Between the hoys there are five grand-children. Tim has Gregory, Thomas & Tori and Kevin has Gregory and Steven. And I couldn’t be prouder.

Bowling came into my life before I married and had the children. I often visited my dad at his telephone office in Leimert Park. There was a little building across the street on Crenshaw Blvd. Leimert Bowling Alley. it was built right off the sidewalk. They had a huge window and it was always open. You could stop and lean on the windowsill and watch everyone bowling. It was amazing! Sometimes l would go with my dad when he practiced and after a few times l was convinced l want to do that too.” My second encounter was merely from a special invitation to all GMAC employees from Pico Bowl & Billiards, to plan a bowling many. This was on Pico Blvd. just a block east of La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles. l didn’t know what to expect but after watching and a few tips from those who knew what they were doing, leave it a shot. l managed to stay upright. At that time l lived on Western Avenue and Olympic Blvd. and I found Western Bowl which was located on Western Avenue & 7 Street, not far from where l lived. Now this was quite a unique place because it was built right off the sidewalk and you entered through the glass doors to enter the bowling area. But, right next to that door, they also had an elevator which operated right off the sidewalk as well, taking you upstairs where the bar was. A guard met you at the upstairs elevator door and checked your ID! l didn’t bowl a league there, but being so close, was good for open play with friends. After l moved to Hawthorne l was amazed to find “lo and behold” Hawthorne Bowl. It was walking distance from our home. Time permitting l would go there and watch the better bowlers and with a bit of tutoring from the owner, l caught on to the game pretty fast. He finally sold me my first pair of bowling shoes. From then on, l took note of how many bowling centers there were. It didn’t matter what city you drove through, they had a bowling center. ln 1953, a few months after Kathleen was born and while l was still on my GM 12-month pregnancy leave, l had an opportunity to join my dad on a team in the Bell Telephone Company League at Vermont Bowl, located on Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles. Little did l know, that when l purchased that first WIBC Card through the Los Angeles WBA it would open a new chapter in my life.

Each year forward I became more interested in being a better bowler. So, l would tuck the children ln bed and go to my 9 p.m. leagues and bowl tournaments on weekends. For one occasion or more, l have bowled in all of the centers LAWBA serviced. And, of course, can remember so well, where l posted my career highs: League average 186 and League HSG 289, at Rose Bowl, El Segundo; League HSS 705 at Gardena Bowl, Gardena; Tournament HSS 680 (2nd Pl.) at 1989 WIBC Singles in Bismarck, North Dakota. After I shot my 700 series, l was solicited to join the National and Los Angeles 600 Club. Sometime after retiring in 1983, I accepted the position of President of the LA Club, and my bowling friend Geri Curtis took the Secretary position. We both held our office until 2014 when we disbanded the club. (Our club participation dropped gravely due to the competition from the local Tournament Clubs. We couldn’t come close to the prize funds they offered. The bank account was a healthy $1,200 so we sent half to the CALUSBC BVL and half to the California Bowling Writer’s Phone Cards for the Military).

Early in the 1960’s I was able to satisfy my curiosity as to “what makes the wheels turn” to run all these events. I attended my first LAWBA Association Annual Meeting. From then on, I was “an easy catch” as a volunteer. With all the women who were role models as a board member, it didn’t take long for me to learn what it takes to be a part of a smooth mining association. I never seemed to say No so after I served as a Director 17 years, and having chaired all the committees, I moved through the chairs for 7th Vice; 3rd Vice and 1st Vice and was elected LAWBA President on two separate occasions, a total of 10 years. During all that process l was elected yearly as a Delegate to the WIBC Convention for 36 years. LAWBA honored me with a Life Membership and installed me into their Hall of Fame.

In 1976 while bowling the Ladies Scratch Classic at Bay Share Bowl, Santa Monica, l met a 200-average bowler, Phillip Knoll. We were married in 1977. We are still married! We are still bowling! In 1984 - An Opportunity. City of Los Angeles was hosting the Olympics. Track and Field events were held at the Coliseum. l got the urge to take a huge supply (in the hundreds) of LAWBA Fund Raising pins and set out for Exposition Park. l offered the fans the pins for $1.00 each and the news that The Sport of Bowling was to be a contender for future Olympics. My supply was sold before the sun went down!

In 1985-The Men and Women’s Bowling Alliance was born from the combined efforts of members representing their associations; Los Angeles Women’s; San Fernando Valley Women; Santa Monica Women; Southeast District Men’s; and Los Angeles Men’s. At the time, I was President of LAWBA. The group worked together to co-host as one to provide a annual tournament to sanctioned members of their respective associations. The first annual tournament was successfully presented July 1986 at Gable House Bowl, Torrance. Each year following was promising until we lost the other associations through the merge process. Larry Worrall and my dear friend Lupe Burke and myself managed the tournament until 2010 (our 25th Anniversary). We made it public that due to the country suffering a financial burden, that tournament was cancelled and the organization disbanded.

ln 1990, Mary Lynly, President of the California WBA, appointed me to the board as a Director, a position I held for 16 years. Also in 1990, I was honored as an inductee in the Southern California Bowling Writers Hail of Fame. Carol Mancini, was Vice President of the SCBW and from then until today, I have considered her as one of my dearest friends. In 1991 Elaine Hagin, who was in the forefront of all that was happening in the bowling arena, had been working with the headquarters of the Olympic Festival Committee that was bringing their event to Los Angeles. Because of her endorsement, I was appointed the Coordinator for the Bowling Venue held at South Bay Bowling Center in Redondo Beach. I picked all bowlers to our volunteer staff. Who Could Service Bowler’s Better Than Bowlers? Everything went like “clockwork”. We received accolades from visiting guest WIBC President Gladys Banker. During these exciting times, I took on the task of being a bowling writer and with encouragement from Mary Lynly, a prolific writer, I became a member of the California Bowling Writers and National Women Bowling Writers organizations. I served as Secretary of the NWBW, for 9 years. My writing earned me a few prestigious awards among the way.

In 1998, I was one of four others appointed by WIBC President Joyce Deitch to serve on the Separation Ad Hoc Committee held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The two-day task was to validate (or not) separating the annual meeting and the championship tournament. The long hours spent were well rewarded when we were given unheard of permission to sit in the Temple while the Mormon Choir was practicing. It was spine tingling.

It is important to note in 2000 while chairing the CWBA Star of Tomorrow Committee, I had the extreme pleasure of presenting to the CWBA Convention Delegates the two Stars, who happened to be Missy Bellinder and Scott Norton. (and 17 years later, they’ve made us ever so proud!)

In 2001, a close friend Lily May Hester of Sierra Vista, AZ and Co-founder of the Helen Duval BVL Fan Club approached me at that year’s WIBC Convention and convinced me to join their organization. The Club was founded in 1995. The purpose of the Club was to honor Helen Duval, our California Bowling Legend. The Club sponsored a $500 Scholarship in Helens name, for a YABA Member, who was a daughter or granddaughter of a US Veteran of the armed services. As a proud Military Mom, I served as their President until 2010. The Club was disbanded following Helen’s death that year. l still stay in touch with Lilly May by telephone. 

In 2005, with ABC/WIBC/YABA merged I served on the California Transition Team. After California was chartered in 2006. I was elected to the Board as a Director. While l served on numerous committees and gave it my all, it was when in 2007 President Al Hoffman appointed me Chair of the Star of Tomorrow Committee. We had two recipients that year, Rose Lynn Brown of Modesto and Douglas James Lauer of Twenty-Nine Palms. I was so fortunate to have been chosen by President Johnson to chair that Committee for 5 years. l have to say it was often difficult to hold back the emotion when presenting to the delegation all the wonderful credentials of each individual Star. It indeed became one of my passions. I will be forever grateful to the Presidents who gave me that assignment.

After having served for 10 years, I chose to relish my memories and not seek re-election at the 2014 meeting held in Sacramento. In the fall of that same year, newly elected President Rosie Parker called and asked if l would chair the Star of Tomorrow Committee one more time. By the January 15, 2015 deadline, three applications had been received., however, none of the three scored well enough to qualify. My final business on behalf of CAUSBC was with a “heavy heart”, when l sent those three letters of regret. Although after my retirement from GMAC, I offered much of my time to the Bowling Arena, 1 still found the urge to be of some service to my community. For many of those years, I have been active with St. Margaret’s Community Center, which offers free services to over 12,000, low-income and homeless individuals who are in need of assistance in ALL areas. l have rescued surplus bakery three days a week, from two Starbucks Stores in Hawthorne and deliver to St. Margaret’s. Each December l volunteer to work their Christmas Gift Party bringing joy to thousands of children. It could very well be that the gift the parent chooses from what St. Margaret’s offers, is the only gift under their tree!

For over 30 years, I have been a member and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Roaring 90’s Mixed Scratch Doubles League. I can’t score like I have in the past, but I will be there every week to give it my best for that day. I am scheduled to bowl in my 49th USBC Women’s Championship Tournament in Baton Rouge this May. God Willing! I will participate in my 50th in 2018.

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

The Meritorious Service recipient is Roy Stuart who hails from Los Angeles and has been active in bowling since the early 1970’s. He has bowled in 33 State Championships and has coordinated teams to bowl in the State Championships for many years. He was instrumental in establishing participants for the Southern California Men's Bowling Club and Open Men's State Championships. Due to declining health Mr. Stuart doesn’t bowl any more but his vision and ability to provide direction for bowlers continues. 

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

The recipient for Meritorious Service is Donna Morales who lives in San Jose.  She has been an active State Tournament team coordinator for over 30 years.  She has been involved with leagues, clubs, and associations and has been the catalyst that made them work and grow.  She is a respected Certified Bowling instructor  and says helping a new or struggling bowler is very rewarding.  She feels that there are a lot of bowlers who would like to bowl tournaments but can't get together a full team or get someone to fill out the needed paperwork. She feels she is providing a valuable service to those bowlers who want to bowl State tournaments and at the same time helping to support and promote local, state and national organizations. 

2014 Hall of Fame Inductee

February 4, 1946 - November 16, 2012

There isn't one youth bowler, parent or coach in the San Fernando Valley, or at the State Scratch Tournament, who didn't know who Diddy was. Diddy's name and reputation, like many others before her, became synonymous with the term "youth bowling."

Let's go back to the beginning. It was the mid 70's and a newly-married Jewish girl shows up to bowl at Starlite Lanes on Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. "What, no FREE bowling?" she yells at the desk person. Just kidding, Diddy would never do that! Diddy became well known at the center and at the urging of Ernie Wargo, Starlite's manager and Pat Shatt, the Women's Bowling Director, Diddy soon became a delegate for Women's Bowling and the center's youth coach. When Starlite closed its doors, Diddy took advantage of owner Bill Mossontte's big heart, and from that point after, Mission Hills Bowl's youth program remained a prime example of what a dedicated center could do for youth bowling. Her two sons, Dean and Randy grew up in the program and she saw the great value that bowling offered the kids, thus spending the rest of her life trying to improve ALL youth programs. With the help of Cathy Wells, Diddy became a leading force in the SFV YABA and was President of the youth association for many many years. These activities took her around the country and state to represent Youth Bowling at many tournaments and various conventions.

Diddy ran the youth program at Mission Hills Bowl for 29 years. She enjoyed a 154 average until an industrial accident in 2001 ruined her shoulder. However, her shoulder did not deter her love for helping the junior bowlers. She ran and organized her local association events for over 18 years and soon became involved with the California State YABA in 1999.  With the Open, Women and Youth state organizations merging together in 2006, her strong youth bowling beliefs were extremely needed to help build this new organization's core. Many years later, her dedication along with the transition committee shined through as she was remained chair of the CA State Scratch Youth Tournament that awarded over $3000 in scholarships each year, and continued to help run the Pepsi Youth Bowling Championships District 5 and State Finals.

We all knew Diddy's love for gambling and for the Miami Dolphins. A youth state tournament site selection tour brought a small group to Fantasy Springs Lanes and Casino one year. Diddy said she had to use the restroom, but ended up with pockets of quarters from the casino. She would've gambled more if she wasn't dragged off of the casino floor. Board meetings on Sundays in the fall were short and to the point with Diddy because football season had begun. I believe there were a couple times that she yelled "YESSSSS" during a meeting while secretly watching the game through a glass wall or reflection. Those are the fun moments that we will all dearly miss. Diddy's pure honesty and upfront demeanor are qualities that we should see more often in others, and ones that we will always remember with Diddy. I know that she is making a difference- wherever she is- because she did with us.

  • California USBC State Scratch Tournament Director 10 years (Tournament has been renamed the Diddy Watts Youth State Singles Championships)

  • NLAC USBC Youth City Tournament offers the Girls All-Events Champion the "Diddy Watts Scholarship Award"

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee

California USBC inducted three women into their Hall of Fame who were ardent supporters of bowling in California.  NANCY ARVANITIS was inducted for Meritorious Service but having been exposed to bowling at a young age and tutored by her mother she has also made her mark as a bowler. She became a WIBC member at the age of eleven and later on while living on Long island in New York she had the thrill of having the famous Andy Veripapa offer to give her some pointers.  She said it really helped her game.  Nancy’s higher education came from the State University of New York where she received a degree in Education and Mathematics in 1967. She married and continued teaching for several years until her son’s Christopher and Matthew were born – just a California USBC Inducts Three to Their Hall by Mary Lynly year apart – and she decided she would be a stay at home mom. Nancy was diligent about not missing her league night and, in fact, she bowled Friday night and Matthew was born on Sunday and she bowled the next Friday! In 1976 the family moved to California and settled in Vista.  In short order she went to the local bowling center and signed up for a league – The George Murphy scratch/match play league where she became a good friend of National Hall of Famer Olga Gloor. The stage was set when Phyllis Bourque invited her to attend a meeting for youth bowlers.  Since both of her boys bowled she was interested but didn’t count on becoming the new Youth Association Secretary! She helped spearhead hosting the 1992 State Youth Championships. She became active in the Avocado WBA and although she had a passion for bowling game she chose not to follow a Semi-Pro Bowling career and get into the administrative end of things. She cherishes the memories of traveling the country with her fellow bowlers – 30 State Tournaments and 25 Nationals.  She served as Secretary of the Youth Association for many years and also with the California USBC.  She says working the tournaments and giving up weekends took a lot of time but she wouldn’t change anything about her association with the sport she loves.  The last word was, “Now that I am retired I am going to get back to writing!”

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee

CAROL JEAN MANCINI was inducted for Meritorious Service.  A familiar figure to anyone involved in bowling in So. Calif, Carol Mancini was born in the one stoplight town of Chanute, Kansas.  In 1951 a six-lane bowling center was built in Chanute.  Carol was a senior in high school but she also worked making airplane parts from 3 P.M.  to Midnight.  It so happened, the bowling center was across the street Carol Mancini from her work and she would bowl a game on her break.  After graduation she concentrated on saving her money and finally bought a one-way ticket to California.  It was here she met and married Harold Woodruff and they were blessed with three children in the first seven years they were married – Bette, Wendy and Brian.  In 1957 Harold’s work took him to Sasebo, Japan for two years.  The naval base had two bowling centers (with pin boys.) While she was there she organized three day leagues for the ladies, taught the Girl Scout Troop to bowl (and get a badge) and she even bowled in a Navy Travel League.  When they returned to the states they lived in Newport, Rhode Island and had only candle pin and duck pin leagues.  In 1963 they moved back to California and real bowling centers! This was the era of the door to door promotion, WIG leagues, and bowling lessons.  Over 3,500 women took lessons and at least 3,000 got wigs at Parkway Bowl in El Cajon.  In 1970 she married Nick Mancini who was a legend himself in promoting tournaments.  In 1973 Nick took over Grand Central Bowl in Glendale and Carol took the helm at Alhambra Valley Bowl in Alhambra.  At her first association meeting she was elected a delegate to the WIBC convention in Miami, Florida.  She was hooked and attended 26 more as well as 30 plus state conventions.  In 1988 Carol was elected president of the San Gabriel Valley WBA and she led the quest of hosting the State Tournament in 1989.  After doing special projects for various bowling centers Carol went to work for Del Rio Lanes.  In 1989 the Bowling News Newspaper came up for sale and together with Del Rio Lanes owner Charlie Kinstler they purchased the 73-year old paper and it remains one of two operating in California.  It’s a labor of love and she continues as office Manager of Del Rio Lanes in Downey as well, a position she says she enjoys.  Her honors include San Diego Bowler of the Year in 1969; The 1977 CWBA Doubles champion; recipient of the Joyce Deitch Trailblazer award; CWBA Distinguished Service Award; San Gabriel Valley WBA Hall of Fame and Southern California Bowling Writers Hall of Fame.  She is an accomplished bowling writer and member of the Bowling Writers Association of America and the California Bowling Writers.  She loves keeping up with local, state and national news and loves talking to bowlers about “the good old days”.  She greets all with her infectious smile.

2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
Al Hoffmann

2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
Clarence (Butch) Wittman, Jr.

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Barbara Metzinger

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Vern Reilly†

2009 Hall of Fame Inductee
Linda Johnson

2008 Hall of Fame Inductee
George Glavas

2007 Hall of Fame Inductee
Stephanie Steiner


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