Back in the 1960’s in this town, bowling was the most popular sport around. I’m gonna guess that at least half the men, women and children living in Amsterdam used to bowl and many of them owned their own ball and a pair of bowling shoes too (remember the AMF Three Dot and the Dick Weber Five Star?) The game was so hot that even though there were three bowling alleys already in operation in and around the city, a group of local investors still got together and built another, a true showcase of keggling over on Route 5S that they christened “Windmill Lanes.”
Amsterdam’s newest bowling emporium opened its doors on September 30, 1967 and instantly became the hottest spot in this city. Everything about the place was top shelf and it quickly attracted the best bowlers around and back then one of the very best was today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant, Bobby Caputo.
Just 20 years old when Windmill opened, Caputo not only bowled real good, he looked real good too, sort of like a young Paul Anka in a bowling shirt. Back then, Windmill’s Men’s City League was Amsterdam’s premier bowling circuit and the sport was so “in” that they bowled on Friday nights. Caputo was that league’s flashy young superstar. He was so good that if he failed to hit 700 it felt as if he had an off night…
My complete birthday post for Bob Caputo will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. I also distribute an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that includes the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty people whose birthdays I recognize each month. Each newsletter also includes an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.
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