I've been bowling exactly twice. Both times were when I was a kid, and my prevailing memory of the event is my horror at having to wear rented shoes. But I remember the bowling alley: Sunnyslope's Northgate Bowl on 12th Street, just south of Dunlap. This still-charming, vaguely futuristic building was designed in 1960 and opened in 1962 with 32 lanes and a coffee shop operated by Tom and Tiny Batitsas, who served a heaping plate of biscuits and gravy for 35 cents and packed in crowds for their Friday night fish fry. Northgate, which became Sunset Bowl sometime in the '70s and is now operating as Let It Roll Bowl, looks the same (from the outside, anyway) as it did back when I was throwing gutter balls 40 years ago. Even the wacky light-up sign with its pop-out letters is the same one erected in 1962. (In the late '90s, new owners overhauled the interior, adding state-of-the-art lanes, a computer scoring system, a video arcade, a kiddy... More >>>