Kathy Reger Souza, who spent many hours at Verdugo Hills Bowl in her youth, has fond memories of the now-demolished bowling alley.
"It all started in 1970 with a brochure distributed by the city of Glendale Parks and Recreation Department at the end of third grade," she wrote in the June, 2010 Crescenta Valley Ledger, published by the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley.
Among the many offerings was "beginning bowling," which looked great to her mother, Norma Reger, who needed to get Souza, then 8, her two older brothers, Steve and Paul, and younger sister, Marianne, out of the house a few mornings a week, Souza explained in a recent e-mail.
The bowling alley, on Foothill Boulevard near Pennsylvania Avenue, had something for everyone, she recalled, including a "great, classic, old-fashioned bowling alley cafe with eight or so stools at the counter. In one 12-year-old opinion, the snack bar had the best Cherry Coke over finely crushed ice in a glass ever."