Jaybowl: Gone but not forgotten

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Campus News and News

Alumnus Aaron Kinkelaar, c’01, and his children visited Jaybowl for the last time on Saturday, before the popular campus bowling alley closed its doors for good.

Jaybowl logo“It was wonderful and yet sad,” says Aaron. “Jaybowl had a certain unexplainable charm. Its only purpose was to make people happy.”

He has one more special memory to take from that day: the last 200 in Jaybowl, as he threw a 209 with a house ball just before 10 p.m.

Aaron created his first-ever YouTube video to help capture the spirit of Jaybowl. Watch it below:

A poem accompanies the video on YouTube:

Gone but not forgotten,
We’d park down at the bottom,
And hike a thousand caves for you.

You may or may not be open,
We sure would be hopin’,
‘Cause we need a cold one and 3.2 will do.

’98 the beer went away,
But Jaybowl was here to stay,
You fought off a repurpose plan or two.

Gone but not forgotten,
The decision feels so rotten,
62 years of smiles, we’ll miss you.

Read more: KU bowling alumni celebrate Jaybowl, Lawrence Journal-World

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