We also have two categories. Achievement and Service. Still mostly goes by the who you know or who you bl*w.
The bowling Hall of Fame in my area is undoubtedly more ridiculous than most.
It is nothing but a Hall of Friends, and unlike most Halls of Fame, it is A PRIVATE CLUB that has NO TIES WHATSOEVER TO THE LOCAL ASSOCIATION OR USBC.
Consider some of the people who AREN'T in the local Hall of Fame:
* LISA WAGNER: Even though she grew up in the area, started in the local junior bowling program and had some of the best women's league performances ever seen in this area, she has never been inducted, even though she is a member of the Women's Professional Bowling Hall of Fame, the USBC Hall of Fame and the Florida Hall of Fame, not to mention that she was a Bowler of the Decade among female pro bowlers.
* GIL SLIKER: He has been a member of the local bowling community for more than three decades, and he has consistently been one of the top league and tournament players on the local scene -- not to mention his 25 appearances on PBA televised finals. In addition to his local league feats, he has operated local pro shops, conducted learn-to-bowls and served as general manager of two local centers.
* TED THOMPSON: He grew up in this area, and he averaged 220 in his first year in area men's league competition. Over quite a few years, he was unquestionably a top-notch league player, and he later was not only a PBA player, he served for a while as PBA Tour Services Director. He is now an integral member of Kegel, and certainly deserves the Hall of Fame Induction he's never received.
* SKIP TUCKER: Another bowler who came up through the local junior program before becoming of the best league bowlers in the area for a number of years. He later spent some time as a touring pro, and he finished runner-up to Randy Lightfoot in the 1980 Masters Tournament.
* STEVE NEFF: One of the best bowlers (and ambassadors of the game) ever linked to the Sarasota area, but yet another Hall of Fame "outsider."
On the other hand, consider just one of the members who IS in the Hall of Fame. JIM ELLIOTT had a high lifetime game of 266, a high series of 613, and his best-ever tournament finish was runner-up in a junior-adult handicap tournament. NOT ONLY THAT, HE WAS SUSPENDED from the American Bowling Congress for improper conduct, and as association treasurer, his financial reports and information were so bad that ABC's own auditors couldn't even conduct an audit and "finally gave up in frustration" (their words). In one fiscal year, with Elliott as treasurer, A FULL 47 PERCENT OF THE MONEY TAKEN IN BY THE ASSOCIATION WAS UNACCOUNTED FOR. Does anyone feel that Jim Elliott deserves to be in the Hall while Neff, Tucker, Thompson, Sliker and Lisa Wagner don't?