2000 – Meritorious Service
Albert F. Rupert
Once, when Paul Brown was asked why he ran Jim Brown, the legendary running back, so often, he replied, “Whenever he runs the ball, he never considers stopping.”
That aphorism could apply to Albert F. Rupert, who began as a youth coach in 1961 and never looked back. Indeed, he continually added responsibilities long the way. He coached at Regal Lanes in Mentor and at Painesville Lanes. In 1997 he became day manager at New Palisades Lanes in Mentor and helped form and coached junior bowlers that season. After 10 years at Palisades, he went back to regal for a couple of years and then onto Northridge Lanes in Madison.
He gave thousands of hours of his time in promotion of youth and adult bowling. In 1973, he was appointed Director of Region 10 (Lake Geauga, Portage, Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties). In 1978 he became a director of the Lake Geauga’s Men’s Association and in 1984 was elected to the presidency. After nine years as secretary-treasurer of the junior association, he was elected president. In 1982 he was appointed secretary-treasurer of the Northeast Ohio Bowling Proprietors Association. He was elected to the Lake Geauga Hall of Fame in 1993.
Shakespeare wrote that the “good that men do is often inter’d with their bones.” Not with Al Rupert. There were simply too many good things over a long span of years.
Tonight, the doors of the Ohio Hall of Fame swing wide to welcome Al Rupert.