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Walt Steinsiek, 1926-2010
posted June 29, 2010


The Florida coastal news site TCPalm reports that sportswriter and cartoonist Walt Steinsiek died at his home in Micco, Florida on June 27 after heart failure.

Steinsiek began work in a bowling alley as a pin boy in the late 1930s in Passaic, New Jersey. He would later serve in the merchant marines during World War II before attending New York University on an art scholarship beginning in 1946.

He later founded the Bowling Cartoonist Of the Year Award, which was given to cartoonists who employed the sport in their comics. Winners included Jim Davis, Dean Young and Charles Schulz.

According to his author's bio, Steinsiek placed bowling-related cartoons into dozens of publications. Books featuring Steinsiek's bowling cartoons include 2007's The Funniest Approach!, a sequel to, naturally, the books A Funny Approach and A Funnier Apporach. His first book was likely 1973's Balls -- Bowling Of Course!

Steinsiek served as a president of the Bowling Writers Association of America in the late 1980s, and was a life member of the Southern Bowling Writers Association. He was eventually inducted in the NCABA Hall of Fame.

Immediately preceding his death, Steinsiek had been preparing to attend a Bowling Writers Association of America meeting in Los Angeles where he was to present a cartoon to Sarah Palin for her signature and subsequent auction. The organization revealed that Steinsiek was set to receive their John Davis Award, given for outstanding service, at that same meeting.

He is survived by a wife of 55 years, Jane Steinsiek, and a daughter. He was preceded in death by a brother. Services are scheduled for July 6.