Robert L. Tuttle

Bob's accomplishments extend to all areas of bowling: from teacher to mentor, to promoter of the great sport. Bob started his love for bowling in the family business in the 50's at Tuttle's Amusement, a six-lane center. From there they built Hiawatha Lanes. Hiawatha Lanes enjoyed many years of success including the most lineage per lane bed in the state of Minnesota. Hiawatha was forced to close its doors because of road development. It was this event which led to the building of Stardust Lanes, a 30 lane center in South Minneapolis. Stardust has been in operation for over 40 years serving the bowlers. Bob has been an instrumental part of the expansion of the family business, which now includes three centers in the metro area. In addition to Stardust Lanes, there is Elsie's and Tuttle's (named after the first center in tribute to Bob's father, George.) In the late 60's and early 70's, Bob and Jim Madden (HOF 1986) set out to the schools to teach the game of bowling. They spent many days in schools assisting hundreds of children on how to throw the ball and score the game. The popular TV show 'Bowlerama' was hosted by Bob with his co-host Steve Nelson. This was a Saturday morning 'must see' show. This show grew in excitement and brought attention to the sport. Bob spent many hours each week preparing for the production of the show with Steve and others. Bob served the BPA for over 40 years at many different levels, including President. His true love for the game has definitely involved his family. He has mentored two of his five children (Tim and Mike) in the business and they have followed in his career path. Tim and Mike have benefited from Bob's willingness to pass on his insight and love for the business.

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Meritorious Service
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Mens' ABC Hall of Fame