KATY - At a place called Times Square Entertainment where bowling takes center stage, father time takes a back seat each week.
Inside, machines that were made 34 years old are hard at work for a group that never lets a number get in their way either.
"It's kind of like a fraternity,” says long time bowler Cheryl Devlin.
The Recycled Teenagers...are one of a kind.
"The Recycled Teenagers are a bunch of old fuddy-duddies that are still trying to have fun," says David Laufenberg, a volunteer coach at Katy High School.
Ok, that's one way to describe them. League president Harold Peterson has another.
"We got some old farts here,” says Peterson with a smile. “OLD!”
But old is such a relative term for these athletes who range in age from mid-50's to early 90's.
"As long as I'm still driving I can still bowl,” says Emma Brownlee, who at 92 still makes the trip each week along I-10 and still throws strikes like the rest of her competitors.
As for Harold?
"I never thought I'd still be bowling at 77,” says Peterson. “I'm lucky to be alive at 77.”
Then there is Mac Morris who just last year had a seizure and 6 months later was back on the lanes, bowling alongside his wife.
"I drove a truck for work so when I retired, I needed to find something to do to keep me busy,” says Morris. “I took up bowling and I've enjoyed it ever since"
As you can see, the stories in this group are endless and the jokes are non-stop.
"We're all local,” says Laufenberg. “There are no stars here.”
Yet there is a recognizable face amongst the talented group. Former Astros skipper Cecil Cooper joined this league 5 and half years ago. For him, it’s a way to stay involved in competitive sports which is what he did for so long both playing and managing in the big leagues.
"I’m 67 and I’m like, how do I even do this because it’s hard sometimes to make yourself come and do it,” says Cooper. “You meet a lot of nice people, friends and stuff like that. We’ve been doing it for 5-6 years and a lot of the same people come back.”
But the reason why they do keep coming back is as diverse as their personalities. David Laufenberg for example, his son Timmy is why he laces up his shoes every Thursday morning.
“I didn’t coach and I didn’t get involved with bowling until my son passed away in December of 2009. He had cystic fibrosis. It hurt me very much because I didn’t spend enough time with him bowling,” says Laufenberg.
“When I gave my eulogy at my son’s funeral, I told them whenever you hear thunder and lighting, that’s my son bowling.
For the past 7 years, Laufenberg has hosted a charity tournament in memory of his son and to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. In 7 years, he’s been able to bring in $20,000.
None of us know how much time we have left and these “teenagers” don't really care.
“My doctor says bowl as long as you can," says Brownlee.
After-all, when you're having this much fun, why stop?
"I tell you, for a senior league, this is a really good league,” says Brownlee. “People are so friendly, I can’t complain at all about the people I’ve met. They’re wonderful"
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