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Roberto April 26, 2004
I was wondering if you are going to post your appearance schedule during this Summer and Fall before the PBA starts up again.
Thanks for taking the time to respond to my questions. I have enjoyed every response I have ever received.
I am planning on getting my schedule on my website. A lot of it is still up in the air.
Tim April 2, 2004
Hi Walter Ray,
this is tim pratt and i am 23 year old and deaf. i am bowling 105 to about 125 avg and i wondering if one day could come and teach me in new zealand how bowl well. plz email me on that email.
from tim pratt from new zealand wellington
Unless you are willing to pay my expenses plus a daily fee, I don't think that I will be coming to New Zealand to give you lessons. I would ask one of your local top players to help you with lessons. They should be able to give you good advice and it will be a lot cheaper. Good luck and keep at it!
A.J. April 1, 2004
All i can say is WOW. You by far no questions asked are the greatest bowler. if not that you sure as heck are to me. I am 12 years old and i started bowling for a league in september of 2003 this was my first year on a league and i saw you on some of your games on tv and you are astounding. amazing. there arent words to describe your talent , your gift from god. You are just amazing and I wanna say thanx for being a bowler i look up to you. You are my inspiration. and i have 1 simple question...how old were you when you started bowling on league?
Hi A. J.,
Thanks. I bowled one year in league when I was 11-12. I didn't really bowl much for the next 5 years. Then when I was senior in high school I started bowling again. Good luck and have lots of fun!
Randy March 23, 2004
I made the trip up to Michigan last weekend on Sunday and
was very pleased to see that you were still there. I was even more pleased to get to shake your hand and get your autograph. I was bit disappointed that I did not get to see
you bowl. Do you think that the automatic seed into the super 16 round and bypassing the the earlier rounds was a positive or negative position to be in? I do plan on making another trip next season to watch some round 1 or 2 action. Also, if I bring my Crush/R that I am no longer throwing will you sign it for me?
I hope you have a good off season.
I can't wait til next season.
Being seeded into the super 16 was an advantage. In a match, the top players are fairly competitive and can beat each other at any time.
If you catch me in the future at a tournament and I am not in the middle of a round and I have the time, I will be happy to sign about any autograph within reason.
Charles (Chad) March 20, 2004
I think you have done a superb job in turning
around your season for 2003 - 2004 year. I learn a lot
from you on how well you come back on a shot after being
distracted by a fan. After watching you, I see how important
a good mental approach to the game is. It seems when you
start your approach and something happens that causes you
to stop, you always come back with a strike. Tell PDW that
I hope he isn't offended by this, but you are the best. I
hope your health stays good and you can continue for years
to come. Now, to my question. Actually, it is a request.
I feel only one of three people can pull what I am about
to ask off. That is you, Rush Limbaugh, or Bill O'Reilly.
If possible, can you get a message to the White House and
ask if it would be possible for me to bowl at least a game
(I would like to bowl a three game series, but at least a
game) on the White House lanes. I think they have only one
lane, but it will do. Everybody who wants to get better at
bowling dreams of being a pro. This would be a dream come
true to bowl on the White House lanes. They would listen to
big name like yours. Thank You
I don't have any connections with the White House that I know of. I was there in 1989 when 9 world horseshoe pitching champions were invited by the President. I did pitch horseshoes at the White House, but I have not bowled there. It would be quite an honor to bowl there. You might want to try one of your other connections.
Chris March 9, 2004
I recently wrote you asking if you knew somebody or heard of them and I realised I got his last name wrong. I'm sorry for the mistake his name is Jim warger he used to bowl on tour 85 and 86,and I was also wondering what your high series is and how manny 300's you have.
I don't remember Jim Warger, but the name sounds vaguely familiar.
My high series for 3 games is 857 at a PBA regional tournament in 1982 using a plastic ball. I don't know how many sanctioned 300 games, but it is close to 70. I think that I am up to 63 in PBA competition and I probably have 5 or 6 in ABC competition, which wasn't in the PBA. I haven't bowled in a league since 1982.
Mike March 3, 2004
He Walter Ray, I wanted to ask you if you remember my mom Betty Hallett. I believe she was secretary at Harbor Lanes when you bowled juniors there. We used to watch you pitch horseshoes at Redwood Acres.
My main question is whether or not you will plan to bowl the west coast stops next season. I have yet to make it to see you bowl professionally, but never miss taping the finals on TV and watching each week. If you are planning to bowl the west coast stops I wish to plan a trip to watch the various rounds.
Good luck toward topping Earl Anthony in career titles.
Thanks in advance for your reply.
I barely remember bowling at Harbor Lanes as I only bowled one year there when I was 11-12.
If they have tournaments on the west coast next season I will probably bowl them.
Chris February 29, 2004
First let me start off with saying how good I think you are, in my oppinion you are one of the best who have ever played. The fact that you have been in the league this long just shows how well you are able to adjust to the diffrent types of equipment, and lane conditions.
Now for my question, I know somebody named Jim McCaroll he used to bowl on the PBA during the 1985, and 1986 season I was just wondering if you have ever heard of him? I was also wondering what do you think the greatest moment of your bowling career was?
Thank you for your time I greatly apreciate it.
I don't remember Jim McCaroll, but I don't have the best memory. It is hard to say what my best moment of my bowling career was, but being inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame is right up there. Also any of my National titles, especially the majors. And then Player of the Year is an honor for great bowling in that season.
Randy February 24, 2004
Hello Mr. Walter Ray,
(I'm 31 years old) I have only been bowling a little over a month (about 100 games), and am averaging 180 pretty consistently over the last 20 games (have broke 200 three times and 219 is my high score). I am addicted to bowling, my wife and I go almost everyday before or after work. I have committed to competing Pro 1 year from now because I want to be that good at it. I don't have a technical question, I have one of enthusiasm I guess. I learned guitar just as fast when I was 15. Within 3 weeks, I was playing just as good as others and could play with any house band within 3 months - but I never got any better than that (and did the same in Tennis and other technical things such as video/audio editing/songwriting). In other words I could win Regionals, but never could compete against the big boys. As for guitar, I love it like I love my brother, but again, I'm still just only as good (really good, but not pro) as I was 3 months after the day I first picked it up. I am afraid to do the same with bowling. In all the fields I have learned, this has been the case. What can I do to prevent this in bowling? Do you know people like this and have you helped someone through this breakthrough? And also, I have never been trained professionally in any sport or anything for that matter, and I wonder if that might help in the case for bowling. I understand how busy you are, and so I thank you in advance for any time you might take to answer any of my many questions. We own your video and you are truly my only inspiration for bowling at this point - I work many hours and don't have much time to catch TV.
Randy from Texas
There is a thing called a learning curve. It is much easier to improve when you are first learning something. It normally takes years to become a professional at anything no matter what it is. It may be that you aren't committed to make the slight improvements from good to great that it takes.
As a newcomer to bowling, it might be advisable to seek out a bit of coaching so that you don't learn too many bad habits that will be very difficult to change later on. Unfortunately when we learn something at a later age, we are sometimes too stubborn to seek the proper advice. But I think that the main thing is that you have fun and Good Luck.
Donald February 17, 2004
Hello Walter Ray, I was just wondering and wanted to ask you if you would ever practice or give someone a few tips? My ave. was a 143 last year and a 144 so far this year but I want to get alot better!I would love to bowl with you sometime if your ever in or close to Fort Smith Arkansas.thanks for your time and kick but at the next tourny. Donald
I do practice, but not that much when I am not on tour. As far as practicing with someone and giving them tips, I don't do that very often. If I did, I would probably charge a fee for that. Good luck and thanks.
Mike February 4, 2004
i would like to know where he was born.and also if he has a family tree, the reason i ask is that my grandfathers name is walter ray williams ,,and he was from st.louis .area ,the only thing i know abought my dads side of his family .
Both of my parents were born in San Jose, as was I. My grandfather Walter Whitman Williams was from Minnesota. Beyond that I really don't know much. Williams is a very popular last name. But I haven't met to many Walter Ray's let alone another Walter Ray Williams!
Krystal February 3, 2004
DEAR WALTER RAY,
HI, MY NAME IS KRYSTAL DOMIN. I'AM 9 YEARS OLD. I SAW YOU BOWL IN CAROLIER LANES.!! I LIKE YOUR BOWLING AND TECHNIQUES VERY MUCH. I STARTED BOWLING THIS YEAR. I BOWL ON FRIDAY NIGHTS WHEN MY DADDY BOWLS IN THE LEAGUE. I KNOW THAT I'AM ONLY 9 YEARS OLD BUT, I'AM USING A 12 POUND BALL NOW. I ALSO BOWL IN A YOUTH LEAGUE ON SATURDAY MORNING. HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED TO BOWL? I ALSO NOW THAT I'M ONLY 9 BUT,JUST LAST FRIDAY NIGHT I BOWLED 123. I KNOW THAT'S PREETY HARD TO BELIVE. MY DADDY AND I WATCH BOWLING ON ESPN. CAN YOU SEND ME A CUOPLE OF POINTERS?? I SAW YOU WIN A CUOPLE OF WEEKS AGO. I'AM A BIG FAN OF YOURS!! ARE YOU FRIENDS WITH NORM DUKE?? MY DADDY HAS PICTURE OF YOU IN HIS COMPUTER ROOM. DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS?? I BOWLED A TOURNAMENT LAST MONTH. I DID VERY WELL. MY SCORES WERE: 90,89,AND A 80. MY PARTNER TIED AT THE LAST GAME IT WAS A 90 WITH BOTH DID. HOW MANY POUNDS DOES YOUR BOWLING BALL WEIGHT?? I REALLY LIKE BOWLING I HPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!!!
P.S. GOOD LUCK BOWLING
I started bowling when I was 11, but didn't bowl for about 5 years after that. I use a 15 pound ball. 12 pounds might be a lot for you, but if you can handle it, then great. Learn to have a good follow through (reach for the sky) and have lots of fun!
I am friends with Norm Duke. He lives about 45 minutes from me and he and our wives will get together for a little friendly competition on the golf course.
My wife and I don't have any children yet, but maybe someday.
Steven January 30, 2004
Walter Ray, congratulations on the abc masters.i knew that you would win.cause every time this year when you got on tv witch is two you killed the compitition.i heard aboat the moter home brake in.what do you feel aboat the second half of theb season?
So far the 2nd half of the season is going very well. Hopefully I can keep it up.
Karen January 20, 2004
Hi Walter Ray. I'm a Venezuelan bowler and I'm going to atlanta in March 2004. I woul love to take an advance bowling course but I don't know who can give me the curse in atlanta. Wold you please let me know if you know somewone there. My coach refers me to Fred Borden, but i have no time to visit other state (I can't fly to Ohio at these moment) Please help me to fine someone in atlanta.
Thank you very much.
I am not familiar with the coaches in Atlanta. I know of a couple of good bowlers in that area, but I don't know if they coach or not. You could try posting on the PBA site about looking for a coach in Atlanta, but be careful. Try to get a reference or two. Good luck.
Marilyn January 16, 2004
I am the woman that told you that you are my favorite bowler and that I don't like to watch bowling unless you bowl. You gave my daughter your autograph for me when you were in Louisville because I had to have my right eye taken out because of cancer and I couldn't be there. What I want to know is where does a person get one of your bobblehead figures. I sure would like to have one. I am not a young person so it isn't just the young that like you. I am 61 years old.
Thanks for cheering for me and I hope you are doing well. As of right now there aren't any bobblehead figures of me, but we are working on that. When we have some, we will try and let you know.
Tony December 29, 2003
HELLO WALTER RAY:
FIRST I WANTED TO ASK YOU WHAT CITY AND STATE YOU LIVE IN. HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU BOWLED YOUR FIRST 300 GAME. I AM 10 YEARS OLD AND WANT TO BE A PROFESSIONAL BOWLER. MY HIGHEST GAME IS 226. DO YOU HAVE ANY BOWLING CLINICS THAT YOU OFFER? IF NOT, DO YOU KNOW OF ANY IN FLORIDA? I'D APPRECIATE ANY INFO. YOU CAN GIVE ME ON BOWLING CLINICS. WE ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING ONE IN FLORIDA. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND I WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT I THINK YOU ARE AN AWESOME BOWLER AND HOPE TO BOWL IN THE PROS LIKE YOU.
I live in Ocala, Florida, but was raised in California. I was 19 when I bowled my first 300 game. I bowled one year when I was around 12 and then started bowling again when I was 17. I don't have any bowling clinics. There is a facility in Lake Wales, Florida which might be able to help you, but it might also be for more advanced players. Their website is http://22.214.171.124/ . If they can't help you, maybe they can direct you to a place to go. Good luck.
Tim January 8, 2004
I had a couple of questions and comments for you. I wanted to say I think it is great that you awnser questions for your fans. A lot of people like to know what happens behind the sceens of bowling or how bowlers feel on gameday, and you give us your time too let us know. I Also wanted to say it really irritates me when people trash talk you or pba on your site. You are the only one I know who has a web site dedicated to your fans and these certain people are going to ruin it for the real fans.
I also wanted to say I saw on a previous question where someone asked how important the record is to you. You stated it is important but you have a bowled a few years longer (in the pba) than Earl Anthony. I could be wrong and definately no disrespect for Earl he is from my home state, and bowling might not be where it is without him. But I think the competition is a lot tougher now than when Earl was bowling. I am only 23 so I could be wrong, Of course I dont know many bowlers from that era.
Thank you for your time and the great site. Once I get some cash I might purchase your video in the future.
Thanks for the kind words. You don't really seem to ask me a question, but you did have some interesting comments about Earl Anthony's record. I will always believe the he was "the greatest". However, just the fact that there is a debate comparing my achievements to his, pleases me enormously. Thanks again for the support.
Steven December 19, 2003
Walter Ray, i have been to a lot of places but not flordia,how is the weather down there you see i'm from oregon.and it always rains or it is always cold.another question i have is in the second half of the season do you think you will have a greater chance of doing well.or do you think that you have open shots at being a major contender.because every time they have a tv match they almost always have a statement that how you did not make the tv shows.do you think why they said that is because the pba players think that you are still a major contender.last year was the greatest year more than everyone has ever seen before.well are answers are a life saver.thank you.
The weather in Florida is normally quite a bit warmer than Oregon, but during the summer it rains quite a bit here and they get about 50 inches of rain per year. I know that some parts of Oregon get nice and warm during the summer, but the winters are normally much nicer in Florida. The average high temperature in Ocala in January is about 70.
I am planning on doing better in the 2nd half of this season, but things don't always go the way you want (like the first part of this season).
Steven December 19, 2003
Walter Ray, i know that you are busy but.awhile ago i decided that i wanted to make a web sight.so i did.it is funny really all of the information is on you.like how you always kill the compitition.but i dont know how to change it but i will just leave it up there.it seems strange or sick,but i do not mean to do it in that sort of way that would be gross.so if you want go to the web sight.
I am flattered that you would put up a website which has me on it. But part of the thing about doing a website is that it takes a lot of work and keeping it fairly updated with new material. I have several people who help me keep my website organized, professional and maintained. It is not a simple operation.
Roberto December 9, 2003
I met you briefly at the Cambridge Classic. I was wearing a long black leather jacket and you had a little hammer bag when you went to practice with Steve Wilson, Dave D'Entremont, I believe the you were with Dale Eagle?, next to you was Chris Barnes, Chris Warren, and many more PBA stars that I just awe struck. I was on the rode to see my family in the snow that weekend. You have responded twice to my questions before and I thank you for that
I didn't know what to tell you when you walked by me. I know that you have had a tough year so far so I did not want to make you feel worse than I know you have to feel.
I still believe that you are capable of doing great things on the PBA tour. The PBA would not be what it was today if you were not out on tour doing what you do best and that is WIN! Your work ethic and seemingly endless appearances throughout the country should be commended. The PBA will not be the same without you. The season is half-way over and yet no Walter Ray in the round of eight. Please tell me I am only being paranoid. I realize that it is challenging both physically and mentally.
Anyway I apolgize for being long winded and taking up anymore of your time. I know many of your fans still believe in you. Let me be one of them that tells you that I still believe in Walter Ray Williams Jr.!
Thanks for your concern. I have been struggling a bit this year, but it doesn't feel that bad. Hopefully I will have some big tournaments this upcoming winter.
Zac December 11, 2003
Dear Walter Ray,
Last summer my brother, his wife, and a couple of friends of ours joined a bowling league. Since joining this league we have become increasingly closer and find bowling as one of our favorite things to do. We arn't very good bowlers, so last summer we have looked to you for inspiration and have even included your name on the back of our uniforms. Many people ask who Walter is, and I just look at them and say, "Only the best bowler in the world." At the end of thes season we ended up being one of the best bowling teams in the league, and next season we are expanding to two teams in the league.
A couple of weeks ago one of our teemmates's pregnant wife had compliacations with her pregnancy and was born 6 months prematurely. Since he fights everyday for his life we have decided to induct him as an honorary member of our team on Monday December 15th at the bowling alley. I was wondering, as our bowling motivator, if you could give Baby Jack a little advice and inspiration for our induction ceremonies. Thanks again Walter and good luck.
I am glad that you and your friends have a great time bowling. That is one of the best things about bowling.
I hope that baby Jack pulls through and makes it to the lanes when he is older. It sounds like he has a lot of great support which is what we all need every now and then. I would encourage baby Jack to take it one day at a time and one day it should all be behind him! Best wishes to all of you.
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