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Holman will sit with band on Letterman

Medford's Marshall Holman, easily the most famous bowler in SouthernOregon, is paying a visit to the self-proclaimed most powerful manin American broadcasting.

Holman, a member of the Professional Bowler's Association Hall of Famewho is fourth on the PBA's all-time money list, has been invited to appearon the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night. The show airson KTVL Channel 10 at 11:35 p.m.

The 42-year-old Holman will sit in with Paul Schaffer and the CBS Orchestradespite the fact that he doesn't play a musical instrument.

I'm not sure whether I'm going to hold some instrument I can'tplay or have some type of bowling equipment, says Holman.

Although he's not sure what to expect ­ which isn't surprising givenLetterman's knack for the spontaneous ­ Holman is looking forward tothe experience.

I'm a fan of David Letterman anyway, he says. I lovehis sarcastic humor. ... It sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun.''

Holman is one of five PBA Hall of Fame bowlers scheduled to sit in withthe band this week. Dick Weber appeared Monday night, Johnny Petraglia isscheduled for tonight, Holman for Wednesday night, Carmen Salvino for Thursdayand Nelson Burton Jr. for Friday.

Dave has had bowlers on his show before, Holman says, recallingan appearance in which Weber bowled inside the Ed Sullivan Theater. He'sbeen a friend of pro bowling as far as I'm concerned. Even though he's hadfun with it, I think he respects what we do.

Holman, the PBA's player of the year in 1987, snapped an eight-year droughtwith a victory in the Ebonite Classic in October. He now splits time betweenbowling and working as a bowling commentator for ESPN.

I'm doing more and more broadcasting and less bowling, saysHolman, who plans to bowl in about 45 percent of the PBA Tour's events thisseason and says things are going well with the broadcasting. I'm gettinga pretty good response from viewers and I'm enjoying it.

While certainly a thrill, Wednesday afternoon's taping of the Late Showwill make for a hectic few days for Holman. He flies to New York on Wednesdayand is scheduled to be in Portland on Thursday for the broadcast of a SeniorPBA Tour event on ESPN2.

During the show, Holman expects periodic exchanges with Letterman. Butdon't expect Holman to trade barbs with the zany host.

The last thing I'm going to do it try and get into a sarcasm matchwith David Letterman, Holman says. He'd mop the floor with me.