Carmen Salvino, the bowling hall of famer, will bring his lip and knowledge of physics here March 7-12 for the $80,000 Fair Lanes Open at Fair Lanes-University in Hyattsville.
The 45-year-old Salvino has been a pro since the age of 17. He was voted to the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame last month; he is also a member of the Pro Bowlers Association Hall, one of five original selectees.
"I'm going to bowl until I'm 70 and then give it to the kids," said Salvino, in town yesterday to publicize the event. Salvino, a Chicago resident, keeps himself in shape by bowling 30 or so games a day.
"George Blanda hung aroud in football until he was in his late forties," said Salvino. "But he had it easier than me. All he had to do was come into the game and kick a field goal after someone else had gotten the team close enough. I'm in there from the first frame. I'm the only guy my age still bowling full time. I've retired all those other dudes."
Salvino started touring when he was 17. Since the PBA was still seven years away from being born, Salvino toured on his own, giving clinics, exhibitions and bowling match games.
"I went to all kinds of towns. Some only had four lanes at the alleys. That's why it got popular when television picked up the tour. Most of the people watching it had personally shook my hand."
Salvino went into a slump at the age of 35, failing to win for three years.
"I had a friend, Henry Lahr, a mechanical engineer. He taught me how to bowl by mathematics and physics: I learned about motions, balance, friction, things like that. At the age of 38, I won two tournaments."
Since then, Salvino has won a tournament every year on the tour. He has a total of 17 titles in his 21 years of PBA competition.
The tournament opens with a proam and celebrity event March 5-6. Six of the area's higher-scoring amateurs have won qualifying tournaments and will have a chance to compete with the pros for the prize money.