From Texas Archive Of The Moving Image: Championship Bowling from Austin's Dart Bowl 1961

For some reason, probably because it was cheap and not weather-dependent, televised bowling was one of the staples of local, and even national, broadcasting for many years. Most people of a certain age probably have memories of thrilling to these weekend afternoon telecasts. Many more probably have memories of feeling glum and depressed because televised bowling is really boring.

At least that's how it seemed at the time. In fact, this 1961 bowling show, while not as exciting as a hot date, is at least an interesting look at how different things were a mere 56 years ago. For those of us who are familiar with the Dart Bowl - which was then called Capitol Bowling Center - it's shocking to see how little the place has changed.

Thanks to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image for once again preserving our heritage and deepening our appreciation for the people and places around us.

Here it is. Enjoy.