Jim began his career in the bowling business in 1971 working for the family owned business, Royal Lanes in Oglesby, Illinois. During his time at Royal Lanes, he completed the Brunswick course for Pinsetter Mechanic Training. Jim was instrumental in obtaining the business's first ball drilling equipment, working out of the basement since no space was available for a formal Pro Shop. He was elected to the Bowling Hall of Fame in 1991. Following in his father's footsteps, Jim was elected President of the Illinois State Bowling Proprietor's Association I.S.B.P.A. in 2001 and to date they are the only father and son holding this position in Illinois. In 2006 he received the Bowling Proprietor's Association of America (B.P.A.A.) award for "Proprietor of the Year." Jim was elected as Director-at-Large to the Board of Directors for the (B.P.A.A.) in 2008, which he currently still holds. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Strike Ten Entertainment, which serves as the marketing arm of the bowling industry. Jim writes the monthly article "Ask Stubler" for the magazine Bowling Center Management. Jim resides in Peru with his wife, Susan. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Bob Stubler - Owner
Bob began working for Royal Lanes in 1976 joining his dad, Rudy and brother Jim in the family business. He achieved and maintained a United States Bowling Congress (U.S.B.C.) Silver Level Coaching certification for the past 15 years. Bob is the inagural coach for the La Salle-Peru High School Bowling teams since 2001. The 2010-2011 boys Varsity team competed in the Illinois High School Association (I.H.S.A.) State Finals Tournament. Bob was elected Sergeant-at-Arms in 2010 for the I.S.B.P.A. and serves as the liaison for the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association (I.L.B.A.). He is in line to be the third Stubler President of the organization. Bob resides in La Salle with his wife Sindee and their son.
Mary and Rudy Stubler, together with Willis and Ann Mortenson opened Royal Lanes at 131 E. Walnut Steet, Oglesby, Illinois in August, 1961. Royal Lanes was an eight lane bowling alley and lounge that employed six people. Oglesby was the hometown of the families of Mary and Rudy including Rudy's sister and co-owner Ann Mortenson. The Mortensons retired and sold their share of the business to the Stubler's in 1971.
In 1988, the Stubler family built a 16 lane bowling and entertainment center in Peru, Illinois and named it Illinois Valley Super Bowl. The Oglesby site was later sold, but never did business as a bowling alley again. Rudy continued to work daily at the Super Bowl, while Mary worked at home, both for the business and taking care of her family, which included son Donald. Shortly after the Super Bowl opened it's doors, it was known as a hot spot for live entertainment, including bands and professional comedy acts. The bowling center was the first in the area to offer bumpers for small children and lazer bowling on weekends.
In 1994, the Super Bowl upgraded to twenty-four lanes. The snack bar re-opened as Perky's Pizza in 1996 offering hand-made pizzas along with a variety of other sandwiches and snacks.
The Professional Bowlers's Association (P.B.A.) Midwest Regional Tournament made a stop at the Super Bowl for the first time in 1996 featuring approximately eighty professional bowlers. The Illinois Valley P.B.A. Classic is now the longest running tournament in the Midwest Region having returned for the fourtheenth consecutive year in 2011.
2001 featured a major remodel with new scoring system, carpeting and re-configuration of the settee area. The sound system and lighting was upgraded to enhance the Comsic bowling experience.
Keeping current with the latest technology, the Super Bowl added a new Brunswick scoring system, including forty inch monitors over each lane, masking units and new Cosmic light package. Today with 23 employees the business offers multi-dimentional bowling offerings from open bowlling to leagues to party packages to Cosmic light shows, Pro Shop, Perky's Pizza and snack bar, game room, and professional stand-up comedy.
Between the Grand Prix Scholarship Program and the Rudy Stubler Memorial Scholarship, the Super Bowl has contributed over $50,000 to further the post-secondary education of youth bowlers.