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Ted Hoffman...The Best


by Lenny Nicholson

I met Ted Hoffman in 1969 when I lived in California and he had just moved out west from Philadelphia. He was already established and influential in the bowling industry.
I met him through my life-long friend of Billy Hardwick. That initial meeting was typical of two guys meeting except that I sensed a unique warmth that was generated from Ted based on some of the questions that he had for me. I could tell that he was sincerely interested in my answers, which is very rare when two men meet for the first time.
I went to work for the PBA in 1971 and would eventually work closely with him being involved in many PBA Tournaments and Executive Board meetings. I immediately noticed that he had an inordinate amount of friends in the industry and was highly respected with the PBA.

Some of the things that people would tell me about Ted were that he
thoughtful, kind and that he was a man of integrity. All of that was easily visible. In the early 80's, Ted hired me to become Tournament Director in the PBA Western Region. It was during this time that I really got to know him and see how organized he was. I can't begin to tell you how much that this man taught me. He was the best business man that I ever met.
As a matter of fact, as I think about it - he was the best Husband that I knew.
He was also: (from what I could tell) .The best Father.

The best Son. The best Brother. The best Friend. The best Proprietor. The best Boss.
The best Dressed. The best Neighbor.
He also had the best sense of humor. I could go on and on.
But, if you really want to know what the meaning is of: "THE BEST", just look in the dictionary under those two words and I'm sure you will see a life size picture of the man: Ted Hoffman, Jr.
God Bless Ted Hoffman, Jr.
We were all certainly blessed by having him as our friend.
Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine.

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