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mumzie

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A Sad Day as we lose another of the great ones
« on: May 04, 2003, 07:45:20 PM »
I have just been informed that Don Johnson (the Kokomo Kid) has passed away. I don't have all the details, but I was told that he passed away at his home.
We've got to grow some more great ones - we're losing the older ones too quickly.
A sad day indeed.
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Re: A Sad Day as we lose another of the great ones
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2003, 10:49:15 AM »
Yes it is sad. And he was one of the world's great bowlers.

I can still see him laying on the approach after leaving a single pin for 299 on TV.

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Re: A Sad Day as we lose another of the great ones
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2003, 04:42:45 PM »
I still recall watching the live ABC television telecast of the tournament where Don shot his now famous 299 game.....I can still see him dropping to the approach in agony over missing out on the 300 game.  For the younger set, this 299 game happened back in the days when a televised 300 game was unheard of.

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Re: A Sad Day as we lose another of the great ones
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2003, 04:54:33 PM »
in his day-he was the MAN
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Re: A Sad Day as we lose another of the great ones
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2003, 04:54:45 PM »
I wish I would have had the opportunity to see him bowl. God bless him & my condolences to his family.

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Re: A Sad Day as we lose another of the great ones
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2003, 05:18:26 PM »
Great bowler, great person.  I have one of his balls still NIB, the plastic 75-82.  Think I'll just put it back in the closet instead of selling it.

My condolences to his great family.
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Re: A Sad Day as we lose another of the great ones
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2003, 07:46:03 PM »
our thoughts and prayers to his family. he was one of the all-time greats.