Doris Powell remembers her 50 years of bowling 4.9

Written by David Green.

The first time Doris Powell traveled to the annual national bowling tournament was a momentous one.

The year was 1968 and the gals were flying to San Antonio.

“The five of us who went were the five scaredest kids you ever saw,” Doris said.

People didn’t hop on planes back then the way they do now, so it was a unique experience for the group.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Doris said. “After we got over our jitters, it went all right, except the landing was rough.”

She has the idea that perhaps the plane was about to overshoot the end of the runway and the pilot had to slow things down quickly. Passengers were bouncing around in their seats, food trays were flying out of the galley.

Back in those days, Doris said, pilots opened the doors and stood by as the passengers departed.

“I’ve got a question,” Doris said to her pilot. “Did you read the directions before you started this morning?”

That’s Doris.

San Antonio marked the first of 40 trips for Doris.

“I’ve been to each end of the country and from north to south,” she said.

She’s the only Morenci representative who’s made it to all 40 tournaments, so she’s had a mix of fellow travelers over the years—and they’ve always had a great time.

“We seem to have a little experience like that airplane thing on every trip,” Doris said.

She figures she’s traveled to tournament by about every means of transportation but bicycle and motorcycle.

One year there were five teams heading for the event in Hartford, Conn., and she arranged for a Short Ways Line bus.

The deal was made before Doris added, “There’s one stipulation. Our driver has to be Shorty Bachelder.”

The Short Ways representative balked, but Doris reined her in.

“He will be our driver or we won’t rent your bus.”

She got her way. Morenci’s Short Ways man was at the wheel.

“We just had so much fun on those trips,” she recalls.

But those tournament trips are all over for Doris. When she went to the United States Bowling Congress tournament in Charlotte, N.C., last year, that was her final year of competing...

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