Robert Cosgrove, since becoming editor of BOWL Magazine at the start of the 1979-1980 season, has taken the popular local publication and made it, as stated by one American Bowling Congress official, "an example of publication excellence for other associations to emulate." Under his editorship, BOWL Magazine has been judged by ABC as the best publication in associations with more than 5,000 members in each of the past five years.Back to Hall of Fame
His magazine columns have won several awards in ABC's Annual Writing Competition.
Bob's original goal upon becoming editor was "to get more people educated and involved in bowling, as well as to allow readers to become more familiar with the many personalities connected with the game." By bringing to its pages contests, puzzles, features, interviews, and a variety of columnists presenting a wide spectrum of expertise and opinion, he has succeeded in making BOWL Magazine must reading for area bowlers and industry leaders—here and across the country.
In the early 1980s, his work appeared in Washington Living magazine, and since 1988, he also has served as the bowling columnist for The Washington Times. In each of his first two years with the Times, Bob has won editorial honors in media competition conducted by the Professional Bowlers Association.
This past March in Reno, Nov., as the newest member of the board of directors of the Bowling Writers Association of America, Bob put together and moderated a seminar entitled "Bowling in the 1990s," which featured one of the industry's strongest panels ever. His success in that endeavor encouraged BWAA leadership to have him chair next year's seminar in Toledo, Ohio.
In addition to serving as editor, Bob has assisted in the certification inspection of many area lanes, and he has been primarily responsible for the purchase, installation, and administration of the NCABA's current computer system. He also played a major role in the recent upgrading of the WDCAWBA's computer operations.
Two years ago, he convinced President Ray Brothers to announce publicly that the time had come to promise secretaries that charges would be forthcoming if their league's final averages weren't.
For his journalistic and related efforts in the sport of bowling, the NCABA welcomes Robert Cosgrove to its Hall of Fame.