Adrienne Roseberry, one of the most magnetic personalities in Los Angeles league bowling for more than 40 years, has withdrawn from her two leagues and says she may be forced to retire.
Adrienne disclosed Monday that she is suffering from radiculitis, a condition in which nerve pain radiates from the spinal column.
After missing about a month from her leagues at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills, she tried practicing with a lightweight ball (a "paper ball," she says with a laugh) two weeks ago.
"When I tried to bowl, I had the worst backache, so I had to quit," said Adrienne, a Simi Valley resident who turns 76 on Dec. 23.
And she added: "I thought it was arthritis. It affects the nerves and that's why I have pain radiating everywhere."
Adrienne has bowled in leagues in such diverse venues as now-defunct Rocket Lanes in Chatsworth, Brunswick Matador Bowl in Northridge, Harley's Simi Bowl, Corbin Bowl in Tarzana and Woodlake Lanes.
"I've bowled everywhere," she says.
Adrienne was featured in an examiner.com story a year and a half ago with the headline: "Sassy, brassy, fun and funny -- that's bowler Adrienne Roseberry."
In the story, Adrienne says: "I have a lot of fun with bowling. I'm not trying to be a professional. I'm not trying to be a 200 bowler. I'm just enjoying myself. You meet people that way."
Adrienne also competed on the game show "Bowling for Dollars" when the locally broadcast show in the 1970s featured the late Chick Hearn, the iconic Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster.
"I made a spare and made some money and that was it," Adrienne remembered. "I'd go again I met Chick Hearn and it was fun."
In the last decade, Adrienne has consistently averaged in the 140s, although she raised her game during the 2004-05 season when she averaged 151 in the "Guys and Dolls" league at Woodlake Lanes.
"I've bowled the same for 50 years. Never improved," Adrienne joked.
She's bowled as high as 237 for one game.
"I don't even want to come back and watch because I'd want to bowl," she said.
Adrienne says there's still a chance that if she feels better she'd return for the summer session. "Who knows?" she said.
Veteran Tom Martino has bowled with Adrienne on a championship league team with Diane Weed and Doug Tucker and said that he would be severely disappointed if she didn't return. "That loveable redhead would be missed," he said.