Why Did Richard Nixon Replace the White House Pool With a Bowling Alley?

It’s true that Richard Nixon was a bowling fan, but so was Abraham Lincoln, who played ninepins regularly.

The postwar bowling craze that brought bowling alleys into every corner of the nation gave Harry Truman the idea of putting regulation bowling lanes into the basement of the White House.

He, Bess, and daughter Margaret often unwound by bowling into the night.

Nixon did have the pool covered over, but it was to expand the press room.

And no, that isn’t where the term “pool reporter” came from.

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