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93-year-old bowler lives life in the fast lane

Bowling is a game which can be played as a competitive sport or a recreational, casual sport to meet up with friends and just have some fun.

93-year-old Fred Jackson has been doing both for the past 67 years.

He was only 26 years old when a fellow worker talked him into joining an Oklahoma City bowling league, which led to a lifetime of bowling.

“At the beginning I didn't know too much, but then I got hooked fast. I really enjoyed the game and I never wanted to stop," Jackson said.

Jackson said his average was about 113 then improved over the years because he just worked on "consistency."

Jackson, who has lived over 20 years in the Checotah area, has been involved with many leagues over the years now, from his OKC league to the Shriner's league to a Muskogee league and on to a Checotah league. From the first day that Fast Lanes Bowling Center opened on January 13, 2001, Jackson has been a loyal patron. Besides one of his trophies, his first original rubber bowling ball is also on display at the bowling alley.

"I first started with a house ball but then I got my own ball in the first year and that made all the difference. Of course I've went through a few more pairs of shoes than bowling balls over the years."

He's also gone to many tournaments, winning his first tournament at Deni-son, Texas, but he didn't stop there.

He kept going.

"I've got a lot of trophies at homes still but I brought one here to display. I've competed and won at a lot of places like OKC, Dallas, and Joplin just to name a few."

Jackson has also gone to half a dozen national bowling tournaments that have been hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; St. Louis, Missouri; Tampa, Florida and more.

"I always made a little money," Jackson said with a big smile. "But we have sponsored and helped a lot of people, too, and that always feels good to give back."

When asked what Jackson liked best about bowling he said, "It keeps you young, active and social, because you meet a lot of nice people. Plus you can get a good cup of hot coffee and strike up a good conversation. What's not to love?"

McIntosh County Democrat

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