Johnny Campos has decided to retire from his bowling writing duties at the Peoria (Illinois) Journal Star, ending a 21-year run.

Over the course of his tenure with Journal Star, Campos estimates that he wrote around 600 columns about bowling, along with an additional 400 stories and full-length features on an array of topics, including the city’s long-running Brothers Tournament and Tournament of Champions team events that the newspaper sponsored.

“I also typed up thousands of column inches of agate with high scores and tournament results for the newspaper’s Scoreboard section,” Campos told the Cyber Report.

“For the past couple of years, I have been struggling with my exit strategy from the Journal Star,” Campos wrote in his final bowling column for the paper. “I hope I was able to get non-bowlers to read my bowling columns/stories, and bowlers to read my non-bowling stories.”

Campos covered an array of sports at all levels — from high school to college to pro — for the Journal Star over a 23-year span, but his bowling column was a constant for the last 21 years.

“Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my stories over the years,” Campos added in his final column. “It’s been a great ride.”

Campos is the current President of the International Bowling Media Association, and will continue to quarterback the “New Member Spotlight” department and write other features for Bowling Center Management magazine. He also is a member of the USBC Hall of Fame Committee and Chairman of the Flowers for the Living award.

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