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Andersen Archery Clinic
Over 20-years. Not sure exactly how long. Long enough for us to be in the Hall of Fame. Andersen Archery Clinic, Grand Ledge, MI. Always on Fathers Day weekend. One I looked forward to. Been gone quite a while, now.
Bow and Arrow Hunting Magazine was one of the first, I guess original attendees and supporters. That is why we were in the Hall of Fame. We always went up a day early to make the dinner the night before at Dave Schroeder’s farm.
That’s where I first met Mr. Bear, a great friend of Mr. Andersen and of course, Bob Munger. Mr. Bears cameraman and ace, companion on many hunts. His daughter gave me a copy of his book. And whole bunch of other “luminaries” and semi-luminaries. Huge crowds and in later years, coincided with a NASCAR race at MI Intl. Speedway. We, both crowds, stayed at the same motel. Sometimes it got drunk out…and in. One year, since we did a huge cash business, Roger Combs, Mark Tiffault and I were counting money-a lot of it-on the beds in my room. Had maybe $8000 in cash spread out and comes a violent pounding on the door. In the blink of an eye, enough fire power to start a small revolution appeared. It was a drunk race fan on the wrong floor.
The weather- I have seen everything from light snow to killer heat. One year, we lit the trash barrels on fire to stay warm. Another, we were soaking hotel towels in ice water to stay cool.
Miss that show and so many of the “Old Timers”. Now, I guess I are one.
Taken at one of the last Andersen Archery Clinics,, from left, me, Uncle Ted Nugent, unknown, Bob Torres, unknown.
Congrats on the hall of fame recognition. Not many can proclaim such a tribute. Well deserved to be sure
Bou- Not me, Bow and Arrow Magazine. I was editor-at-Large, at the time. It is the Andersen Archery HOF.
is Anderson Archery still in Business ?? ... I went to 3 or 4 of those back in the day .. ... got a pic on my other computer with me and a buddy in front of Nugents 4x4 ..
God it had to be in the 80s the last time I went.
I had a booth at the Clinton Indiana Bowhunter Jamborie in the mid 70s & Anderson Archery needed a shooter on their team. I was asked & filled the slot. Remember no names but 1 was their shipping dept. supervisor. Fun day.
Neat and archery store had its own hall of fame. That’s wild. It was a great store. Huge bear mounts I remember. One polar. Tom Nelson hung around there a lot or worked there right.
that was back in the days of Burley Hall, Myles Keller, Oregon Bows, Chuck Adams, Winona Camo and the like .... fun times going to it ...
I don't remember just what year they went out of business. I figure mid to late 90's. One of the funniest stories I ever heard,unfortunately cannot tell on here, happened to Bob Fratzke and his partner Schemke (I think), one night at the clinic. I laugh every time I think of it and trully, cannot repeat in on a public forum. Lot of good memories of all the old road warriors of the that era, an era when technology was really getting a toe-hold. Like a couple years before cell phones. Sure wish I had saved some of the pictures from back then.
I can tell this one. Doug Walker and Jim Dougherty are walking down the aisle by my booth. Without pausing, Dougherty grabs a bottle of water off the table right in front of me and takes a big hit. He does not blink and eye or say a word, just puts the top back on and puts it right back where he got it. They walk on. Five minutes later, he comes back alone, leans on the table and says, "Sloan, would you happen to have any more of that water?" I hand him a bottle. He looks at it, says, "Is this 80 or 100 proof?" It was straight vodka.
I'm the stud on the right... the other my hunting buddy Matt...... Nugents 4x4 in the back .. circa late '80's/early '90's ... cool hair huh ...
Looks like Saturday night fever crossed with the outdoor channel
...lol .... John Travolta didnt have crap over me .....
JTV.......At least there’s lots of it!
I used to go every year, living in Petoskey at the time. Still have this from back in the day.
LMBO! Aviator sunglasses, tight jeans and white high-tops.........................................yeah, that was the '80's alright! ;-)
I remember my dad going to those. He always had a great time. Guess the vodka helped...LOL
I think Bou meant Saturday Night FEVER! ;-)
yea, back in the day when all I would shoot were Golden Eagle bows ....
Still have a couple old Golden Eagle bows. I shoot them great still.
I went every year it was always a good time.
Bought three PSEs there back in the 1980s when I was attending MSU. Tom Nelson was working there then. Always looked forward to going there.
Tom was a good guy then and still is today.
Met Rocky Jacobson there back in the 90's - changed my life. He gave me a one on one calling lesson at his booth. Great guy. He had me making decent bugles and cow calls on his new palate plate diaphragm call in just a few minutes. Been using them ever since!
Took the wife with me she looked in the window and saw Fred Bear we Talked with him for about a haft hour.Just like talking with your grandfather,greatest weekend ever.