Mark Partington
Tuesday, December 14, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:26 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Working two jobs to make ends meet normally wears people out. For Mark Partington, a manager at T.A. Brady’s and a supervisor at J.C. Penney’s, one would think that a proper way to relax would be to rest in a peaceful setting.

Instead, Partington has a much more boisterous pastime.

“I go bowling,” he said.

The Fulton native has bowled for 20 years and is taking part in the MU staff/faculty bowling league, which meets Sundays at AMF Town & Country Lanes in Columbia.

Partington’s office reflects his love for the game: Several bowling pins, real or otherwise, adorn the office, and other bowling articles hang on the walls. Partington said he plays the game because of the interesting people one can meet and camaraderie the game engenders.

Asked if any MU staff members are good bowlers, Partington acknowledges that Howard Rice, a part-time mechanic at Brady’s, is one to watch.

“He out-bowls me all the time,” Partington said.

Partington has another hobby to fall back on should the bowling alleys suddenly implode one day: He’s a cartoonist. He was published in the Fulton Sun in 1991-92. He said the job was fun but remembers the problems that come with the work.

“Sometimes, it was a little pressure because you have to meet deadline,” he said.

Even though he has little time for it these days, Partington still has the heart of a cartoonist, citing his meeting with “Beatle Bailey” creator Mort Walker as one of the more exciting things he has ever experienced. He keeps Walker’s autograph safely tucked away at his home on the south side of Columbia.

— Paul Dziuba

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