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December 1 2011
Syracuse native, John DiMura passes away
John DiMura a Syracuse, New York archery pioneer and Archery Hall of Fame Elector has passed away at the age of 77. "Little John "as he was known by his friends was a PAA archery professional in the 1960’s and 70’s, worked for Robin Hood Archery and was a long time participant on the PAA tour.
When a surgical procedure on his neck in the early 70’s paralyzed him from the chest down, he was forced to spend the rest of his life in a wheel chair. After his accident he opened an archery shop in Syracuse and was directly responsible for outfitting, training and mentoring hundreds of bowhunters until he closed his shop a few years ago for health reasons.
John was instrumental in lobbying for the law that allowed disabled archers to use a draw lock device and he developed equipment to allow wheelchair confined bowhunters to hunt again. "Little John" was the first person to be issued a disabled archers permit by NY
"Little John's" wife Sherry requests memorial donations be sent to the Archery Hall of Fame.
Len Cardinale, Dave Staples
and "Little John" during
the PAA Days, (1970)
September 30th 2011
Ann Clark pledges
to carry on "The
Ann Clark (AHOF Class of
1984) recently continued to support the Archery Hall of Fame and Museum
by pledging $50,000 to further assist in the expansion
of the AHOF Museum complex located in Springfield, Missouri.
Ann’s pledge comes on the
back of the recent pledge made by George and Betty Gardner.
The archery community
continues to thank Ann for her unending support, for believing in "The
Dream" and helping to make the Archery Hall of Fame and Museum a
reality. Her passion for the sport, sense of history and her work within
the archery industry, help to make it possible for the Archery Hall of
Fame and Museum, Inc. to honor all who have distinguished themselves in
the sport of archery.
September 6th 2011
Dick Lattimer passes at 75
Author and marketing professional Richard L. "Dick" Lattimer, who for 23 years managed the advertising and public relations duties for archery pioneer Fred Bear and Bear Archery and for ten years led the primary trade association for the archery industry, died September 6 following an extensive illness. He was 75.
Lattimer was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame in 1999 and also served as its president for two years.
Born in South Bend, Indiana December 6, 1935, Lattimer was a proud Hoosier and 1957 graduate of Indiana University. He was working for a South Bend advertising agency handling multiple accounts as a photographer and copywriter when went to work for Bear Archery in 1966 at its Grayling, Michigan location. The company moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1979, where he remained in charge of marketing and advertising until 1989, just months after the death of Mr. Bear.
In addition to the multiple annual catalogs and ads Lattimer produced and directed during his tenure at Bear Archery, perhaps his best-known and most effective advertising campaign centered around the "Become a Two-Season Hunter" theme. The sport of bowhunting was gaining both credibility among hunters and an unprecedented growth in the mid-1970s, as state agencies enacted liberal archery deer seasons and hunters discovered they could expand their time afield by taking up bowhunting.
After leaving Bear Archery, Lattimer was hired in 1990 to serve as the first paid staff member of the Archery Manufacturers Organization (later becoming the Archery Manufacturers and Merchants Organization and later yet the Archery Trade Association) where he served as president until 2000.
While heading AMO, one of Lattimer's prime accomplishments was the creation of the "Save Our Heritage" program, which, through contributions from member archery equipment manufacturers built a significant "War Chest" of funding to be used to promote archery and bowhunting as well as to defend all hunting methods against the threat of voter initiatives launched by anti-hunting and animal rights groups seeking to end specific hunting seasons or methods.
A prolific writer, historian and incorrigible note-taker whose Gainesville garage overflowed with boxfuls of memos, photographs, catalogs and other items from his years working for the iconic Fred Bear, Lattimer transformed his passion for archery and respect for his longtime friend and employer into two successful books, I Remember Papa Bear (2005) and Hunt With Fred Bear (2006). His fascination with outer space, respect for country's astronaut program and the U.S. space program resulted in two books, All We Did Was Fly To The Moon (1985) and Space Station Friendship (1988).
Lattimer published The Jesus Digest: What you never knew about the everyday life of Jesus in 2005 and also wrote poetry under the pseudonym of Joshua Carpenter, his interpretation of the real name of the itinerant preacher from Nazareth.
In the 1970s Lattimer served as Television Chairman of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and Co-Chairman of its full Communications Committee in Washington, D.C. He was also a member of the Hunting and Conservation Committee of the National Rifle Association, on their Bowhunting Sub-committee, and on the NRA Public Affairs Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of the United Conservation Alliance.
Mr. Lattimer is survived by his wife, Alice, and three children, Michael Lattimer (Lora) of Gainesville, FL, Elizabeth Golnick (Chuck) of Grayling, MI, and Kevin Scott Lattimer (Afie) of Potomac, MD, five grand children, and two great grand children.
A memorial service for Dick Lattimer was held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at the Cedar Key (FL) United Methodist Church.
(Well-known industry insider, writer and all around good-guy, Absher is founder of The Outdoor Pressroom)
June 11, 2011
Bronze statue dedication
honors Doreen Wilber
trailblazer Doreen Wilber was honored as the Jefferson Olympic Plaza
was dedicated on Saturday, June 11, during the Bell Tower Festival.
were made by , Don Orris,
archery student of Wilber and coordinator of the Olympic Plaza project.
Jackie Fie of Jefferson, Olympic Games competitor and judge, was the guest speaker.
Wilber was the first woman from
Iowa to win an Olympic gold medal in any sport.
At the 1972 Olympic Games in
Germany, at age
42, she won the gold in archery, setting two world records.
She chose to share her knowledge and skill in the sport with
Jefferson area youths and dedicated over a dozen years to
that commitment. Through the
teaching of archery she encouraged young people to believe in
themselves, set high goals and focus on accomplishing them, leaving an
unforgettable legacy with her students
April 7th, 2011
G. Fred Asbell and Will "Chief"
Compton inducted into The Archery Hall of Fame during Pope & Young's
50th Anniversary Celebration
The Archery Hall of Fame’s 26th induction was held April 7th in
Rochester, Minnesota in conjunction with the Pope and Young’s 50th
Anniversary Celebration. A sell out crowd watched as G. Fred Asbell
joined his peers to become the 66th member of the Archery Hall of Fame.
Will "Chief" Compton was inducted posthumously to become the 67th Hall
Marv Cochran, president of the
Compton Traditional Bowhunters was the presenter for G. Fred.
Joe St.Charles was the presenter with TJ Conrads accepting for "Chief"
The evening ended with a special presentation
remembering Pope & Young Founder and Hall of Fame member, Glenn
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March 1, 2011
George and Betty Gardner pledge
$100,000 to Archery Hall of Fame
George and Betty Gardner recently
expressed their continued support for the Archery Hall of
Fame and Museum by pledging $100,000 to further assist in the Hall’s
mission as well as the expansion of the Museum complex located in
Their pledge is the second largest,
following the Ann and Earl Hoyt contribution, since the Hall’s inception
The archery community thank George and
Betty Gardner for believing in "The Dream" and helping to make its
existence possible. Their work in the archery industry, passion for the
sport, and sense of history make it possible for the Archery Hall of
Fame and Museum, Inc. to honor all who have distinguished themselves in
the sport of archery.
January. 31, 2011
Famed bowhunter Doug Walker passes
Doug Walker, 80, a California bowhunting pioneer and record-holder who published a national magazine from his Squaw Valley home, died Saturday following a brief illness.Mr. Walker died at Community Regional Medical Center after a weeklong bout with pneumonia, said his son, Scott Walker."I think my Dad was the last bowhunting legend," Scott Walker said. "He just loved everything about it."
A member of the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame, Mr. Walker’s résumé includes more than 100 big-game kills and several books on his favorite sport.
He was also the first person in California to take all 11 of the state’s big-game specie. Since 1975, Mr. Walker has produced "National Bowhunter," one of the most widely read publications in the industry. Mr. Walker served as editor and publisher of the bi-monthly magazine. Pictures of Mr. Walker, wearing his trademark white beard and red bandana, posing with one of his kills ran in every issue.