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September 10th, 2013
Rick McKinney, three-time World Champion target archer and
U.S. Olympic Archery Team silver medalist, has
elected to a three-year term as President of the Archery Hall
of Fame and Museum, Inc. The announcement followed the AHOF’s
annual September board meeting in Springfield, MO. McKinney,
who claimed world archery titles in 1977, 1983 and 1885, also
captured an individual silver medal in the 1984 Summer
Olympics and shared a team silver medal in 1988. More
recently, he was an NBC TV archery analyst during the 2012
Summer Olympics in London.
“I am very humbled and honored to be selected President of the
AHOF,” McKinney stated. “Most of the people inducted into the
Hall are people I have admired greatly; quite a few have been
my mentors. I’m looking forward to moving the program onward
and upward to enhance the quality and notoriety of the Hall.
Getting industry support is key to our first goal and I am
hoping that we can progress at a pace that would make our
founder, Dave Staples, proud.”
According to Diane Miller, AHOF Executive Director, other
newly elected officers include Vice President Joe St. Charles,
and Secretary Jane Johnson. Present Directors completing their
current terms include Billy Staples, Ann Clark, Diane Miller,
and M. R. James. Former Secretary Marilyn Bentz, who heads the
National Bowhunter Education Foundation and served as AHOF
Museum coordinator leading up to 2012’s successful opening of
the Hall’s Missouri facility, resigned from the Board prior to
relocating from Arkansas to South Dakota.
The AHOF previously announced that its latest member, Bob Lee
of Wing Archery fame, had been elected to the Hall of Fame’s
Class of 2013. Lee and a yet-to-be named member of the
Veteran’s Committee, along with members from the Class of 2014
to be elected early next year, will be inducted at the
Springfield facility on August 2, 2014.
July 21st, 2013
Archery loses another
legend with the passing of Gail Martin
Martin, 89 years of age, passed away at Providence St. Mary Medical Center
on July 21, 2013. Mr. Martin was born Sept.
7, 1923, in Ukiah, Ore., to Bert and Beaulah Martin. At the age of 1 year,
the family moved to Stanfield, Ore. When he was 12 years old, the
family moved to Walla Walla, Upon graduating from Wa-Hi, he moved to
Portland and worked as a welder in the ship yards until 1943, when he joined
the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers during World War II.
Eva and Gail met awhen they were 13 years old, and
became high school sweethearts. He returned to Walla Walla after the war and
married Eva Arbini in February 1946. They made their home on what was then
Rt. 2 and raised their two sons, Terry and Dan.
employed by Safeway in 1946, Coca Cola from 1947-1949, and then became the
government poultry grader at the Co-op Turkey Hatchery until he decided to
start his own business full time. In 1951, he started the archery
manufacturing and wholesale business. At that time it was called Blue Mt.
Archery, but the name was changed to Martin Archery three years later.
During that time, he designed industry-leading string and fletching
equipment. In 1976, Martin Archery purchased the Damon Howatt Archery
business in Yakima. Martin Archery now supplies archery equipment worldwide.
served as official measurer of wildlife for both Pope & Young and Boone &
In 1955, he was inducted into the Bowhunters Hall of Fame. In 1984, he was
chosen and honored as the Small Business Man of the year for the entire
Northwest. In 2012, he was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame. He was
very innovative and continually produced new ideas for better archery
equipment and products. He was an avid archer, hunter, skeet, trap and
sporting clay shooter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and also enjoyed
traveling and did so for both business and pleasure. Surviving are his wife,
Eva; two sons, Terry Martin, Dan Martin; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Martin;
two sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Martin and Rose Arbini; seven grandchildren;
and numerous great-grandchildren.
July 14th, 2013
Brown, life long supporter of the AHOF passes away
Les Brown from Grand Blanc, Michigan passed
away at the home of his daughter on July 14, 2013.
Leslie was born
November 17, 1932, in Pontiac, MI, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl and
Gertrude (Bigelow) Brown. He worked as a truck driver for Bender and
Louden Trucking for many years, until his retirement. After retirement,
Leslie went on to work for Loch Lomond Golf Course on their grounds
crew. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #332, the Professional
Archery Association, and the Flint Bowman Archery Club. Left to cherish
his memory are four daughters, Pamela and husband, Clyde Cunningham,
Susan and husband, Kirk Alderson, Sally Johnson and Bethany and husband,
Richard Schempp; mother of his children, Catherine L. Brown;
daughter-in-law, Sandra Brown; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren,
and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents; daughter, Brenda Lee Burke; son, Charles Herbert Brown and
son-in-law, Roger Burke.
The heart and sole of the Professional
Archers Association for over two decades, Les was a walking
encyclopedia of archery history. He was one of the first to receive
the coveted Karl Palmatier Award of Merit named after his mentor and
Hall of Fame member.
A Memorial service
was held at the
Flint Bowman Archery Club on Saturday, the 24th of August.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Archery Hall of Fame
ATTN: Diane Miller, Executive Director, 58 North Main St. Union
City, PA 16438.
click to read tribute
June 20th, 2013
Dave Richey, AHOF Supporter
& noted Outdoor writer passes
Dave Richey, a contributing writer for the
Michigan Record-Eagle and
longtime hunting and fishing writer for the Detroit News, passed away
June 20th at age 73 following a stroke.
writing career started in 1967
and he spent more than 23 years as
a staff writer and photographer for the Detroit News. He wrote an
award-winning series that exposed the illegal practice of poaching for
profit during his tenure with the Detroit newspaper. He retired from the
News in 2003 but continued to work as a freelance writer.
He wrote over 22 books on
fishing and hunting, and thousands of columns and articles for publications
in magazines such as
Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield. Dave was an
avid bow hunter and great promoter of our sport. He will be missed.
February 25th, 2013
Archery mourns the loss of
1924 - 2013
Tom Jennings who passed
away at the age of 88 on February 25th.
Known as “Mr. Compound Bow,” Jennings was
the first man to mass produce
and promote the Compound Bow nationwide
to read Sherwood Schoch's Tribute to Tom Jennings
February 23, 2012
the loss of "Gentleman Jim" Pickering
Pickering , 72, passs after a long
battle with cancer.
During his career Jim
participated and won many state and national archery tournaments
since 1957. He was an avid bow hunter with his trophy animals
consisting of moose, mule deer, elk, caribou, bear, cougar and
He was employed by Bear
Archery, Carroll Archery and Hoyt/Easton.
His influence and
honesty has made a mark on many peoples’ lives; his benevolent
spirit and love will continue to live on in all of the lives that he
touched on a daily basis, "Gentleman Jim" will be missed
by all who knew him.
Former PAA President, Les Brown.
Of all the memories I have of Archers,
the one of their passing brings back the most is when Pick won
the 1963 Ben Pearson at the Michigan state
Fairgrounds In Detroit Mich. The heat went out in the old
coliseum and it got down close to freezing.
During the first round of the day on Sunday I
set behind this quiet young fellow with a suite case and two
bows right behind the middle targets. We did have a limited
conversation but he offered little except that he had a flight
to catch and was concerned about getting there on time. He never
told me his name. When it was time for the championship line to
shoot, I looked down at the targets and there he was on the top
target. The rest of the tournament was truly a pleasure to
watch. Dave Keaggy had his book Power Archery out by then and a
lot of the top Archers had contributed to a shot that had some
motion to it. Here on number one target was a young fellow, Jim
Pickering shooting arrows and the only way you could tell he had
shoot a arrow was to watch it hit the gold on the old
round. Keaggy was down a couple targets watching closely. “Pick”
won with a 1664 for 2 rounds.
And now it is sadly history.
January 5, 2012
Joe St.Charles Joins AHOF Board of Directors
The Archery Hall of Fame is proud to announce the election of Joe. St. Charles to the Board of Directors.
The son of Pope and Young founder, Glenn St. Charles, Joe grew up in the archery business and began bowhunting at the age of 11.
In the 1970’s he began working at the family business, Northwest Archery in Seattle, Washington and started to actively collect old archery literature and equipment.
In 1983 he begin assembling the St. Charles Museum, which later became the Pope & Young/St Charles Museum and moved to Chatfield, Minnesota.
An accredited appraiser, Joe has appraised the collections for Art Young, The Archery Hall of Fame, and Fred Bear, to name just a few