June 9th, 2009


Back in 1956 Joe Bevalaqua, the owner and manager of North Side Bowling Lanes, was a sharp businessman. He wore $300 suits, hand made Italian shoes he got in Venice, and drove a brand-new pastel blue Cadillac. He wasn’t Mafia, either, he was totally legit. He started out like Chester and Alec, in the US Army, and when he got shipped home after the war he worked his way up. Funny thing about Joe. You never saw him drunk! Ever.

One day we pin boys were standing around the bar listening to Joe talking to one of his buddies. Louie was saying that big expensive limos like Joe’s might look great, but they didn’t have the thrill of powerful acceleration and fast takeoffs like, say, like a souped-up Chevy, you know?

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