My “geekdom” spans decades now (a scary thought, right?) but not as many decades as my love for the sport of bowling. Once it grabbed me, bowling never let go, and it still hasn’t. My interest in computers dates back to early college days (circa 1976) and it’s probably my second true love. The whole technology business is exciting, and I’m not sure what changes more quickly in today’s world: the bowling technology, or computer technology.
At any rate, my computer interest quickly entered the realm of the world wide web when it became available to laymen, and OfftheSheet.com was born in 1996. The term “Off the Sheet” is from the old days of keeping score in bowling, where a competitor would describe starting to strike at some point in a game, and continuing until the game was over–thus, “going off the sheet” with strikes. It was particularly appropriate for us, as we began as a local bowling news website, covering some of the better scratch leagues and tournaments in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY area. I was stationed there while in the Navy and stayed after I got out. It wasn’t long after when I picked up my first real client, and what a catch: Parker Bohn III, a full-time touring professional bowler. Together we made him the first ever professional bowler to have his own personal website, and his site ParkerBohn.com celebrated its 16-year anniversary in November of 2014.
The marriage of bowling and web design remained just a hobby, albeit an active one, until around 2004, when we decided to take on a few new clients, including Jeff Carter, another PBA Player and now also a very good friend. It just felt natural to spread our wings into the bowling association and bowling center areas as well. My hope is that I’ll be able to spread those wings even further, and do so for many years to come.
I live in a very small town in rural Missouri called Longtown, population 102, and do most of my work from my home design studio. Websites can now come from places this small. Websites that can be viewed world wide. Don’t you just love technology?