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Fred Eisenhammer Wins Marijane Viat Writing Award
by California Bowling News

Agoura Hills – Veteran journalist Fred Eisenhammer has been named the winner of the 2019 Marijane Viat Writing Award.

The annual award, presented by the California Bowling Writers, honors the individual who has written the top bowling story in a California publication in the past year.

Eisenhammer wrote a moving story in the Sept. 13, 2018 edition of the California Bowling News about memorable moments that bowlers sometimes achieve. These bowling achievements, Eisenhammer wrote, typically are accompanied by emotional celebrations that can be viewed many years later as special events in one’s life.

The headline of Eisenhammer’s story was “Memorable, Emotional – You’ve Come to the Right Place!” Eisenhammer has been writing for the California Bowling News for five years. Previously, he had written about 700 bowling stories for website

“I’m truly humbled by winning this award when there are so many truly talented bowling writers in California,” Eisenhammer said. “I love to write human interest stories involving bowlers and I want to thank the countless bowlers who opened their hearts to me and spoke so elegantly about their achievements. Bowlers are true characters and a breed apart and they’ve all developed their idiosyncrasies. I think that’s what makes bowling great because each bowler develops his or her style and feels unique in this sport. “In what other sport can one claim to be as good as Jason Belmonte – at least in one frame after delivering a strike?

“I want to thank all my friends in the California Bowling News who enhanced my stories with their careful editing and layouts. And I also want to thank the members of the California Bowling Writers and Len Nicholson, the sponsor of the award.”

This marks the second time in three years Eisenhammer has won the Marijane Viat Writing Award. The award is named after Viat, who was the California Bowling Writers charter president. She worked tirelessly to promote the sport in many capacities before her death in 2001. The California Bowling Writers initiated the Marijane Viat award in 2010-11, replacing two writing honors: the Quill Award and the Profile Award.

Eisenhammer has more than 40 years of newspaper experience as a sportswriter, sports columnist, news editor and copy editor. He worked 20 years for the Los Angeles Times as a news editor and copy editor and has co-authored three sports books.

His last book, “College Football’s Most Memorable Games,” is still in print and is a top seller for McFarland Publishers. Eisenhammer also has written stories for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Ventura County Star and the Ventura Countybased Acorn Newspapers.

Eisenhammer is a longtime Agoura Hills resident who has bowled in leagues for eight years. Currently, he bowls at Winnetka Bowl, where he freely admits he’s struggling with his game. “My goal from the start has been to score a 600 series and I seem to be regressing from that objective,” he said.

“Nevertheless, the game remains tremendously fun, in good times and bad, and the friendships from bowling often last forever. It’s awesome to be part of a family of bowlers. I wake up with a smile every morning when I know that it’s my bowling night!”

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