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Forget visiting the Berry Bowl

October 10, 2009
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[In response to Bill Benner’s Oct. 5 column] You can cross off your list watching basketball at the Berry Bowl.

I was born and raised in Logansport and graduated in 1969. I was a student manager on the basketball team for three years and attended many wonderful home games in the Berry Bowl. Alas, a new school was built in the early ’70s and the old school, including the wonderful Berry Bowl, was torn down. There is a Marsh grocery store there now.

The new gym is also called the Berry Bowl, but it bears no resemblance to the old Berry Bowl or any other kind of bowl. I did go to some basketball games there in the mid-’70s, but there was nothing eventful or special about them. I have not lived in Logansport since the late ’70s but I do return frequently to visit.

The old gym was truly shaped like a bowl. It was set up a lot like a football stadium, with seating all around. When the house was packed, it was a special place. Perhaps the new Berry Bowl has taken on a special significance since I was last there, but I suspect that the Berry Bowl you are hoping to see can only be perceived in pictures. You will not hear the roar of the crowd in the Marsh parking lot.

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Bruce Jones

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