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Part of the order for 300 crossbows for the 1962 movie, Taras Bulba. Hugh Rich Archery made bows arrows, spears and shields for many movies

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Henry and Babe Bitzenburger with M.B. Davis in Barstow, CA 1949.

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Merl Hathaway dressed up for the Bedroom Shot at Nubbie Pates' Desert Shoot in Barstow, 1949.

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This is the prize the first place winner got at Nubbie's shoots. Women were not exempt, although they did receive a less messy pie.

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Babe Bitzenburger. Take a look at that bow!

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Walt Wilhelm and Nubbie Pate in Barstow, 1949.

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L-R: "Wild Bill" Childs, Tim Meigs, Warren Johnston and "Jolly" Bill Jeter and don't forget the Doberman,
after a successful hog hunt.

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Damon Howatt, in the center.

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The Wilson brothers of Black Widow fame. Must have been a hot day.

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Mort Mendels was a well known flight shooter. Here was a case of young and dumb. That would be me. Mort was a customer at the Dodge dealer I worked at in the early 1970's in Long Beach, CA. Somehow our conversation one day got around to archery. He told me he was a flight shooter and made all his own tackle. At the time I had no idea who he was and I had no interest in flight shooting. Archery history was, for me, a mild curiosity. I just liked shooting my bow and arrow. This was about a decade before I met Hugh Rich.

Mort invited me to his shop and, here it is, like a dummy I never took him up on the offer. Years later I would think back on it and kick myself for being so dumb. What a learning experience it would have been. When I got more interested in archery history and the chance to work with Hugh came up, I jumped on it. No dummy this time!

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Archer, bowhunter, author, primitive archery expert and Archery Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Charles "Bert" Grayson about to launch one.

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Harry Drake shooting for the moon, or at least posing for it..

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Prize winning parade float of the Piedra Bowhunters of Monte Vista, CO and the Alamosa Archery Club.

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Russ Reynolds holding what may be one of his "Betsy" bows at the Cleveland, Ohio Sport TV program in 1952. Hugh Rich Archery supplied the arrows given away for prizes for one year.

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Matt Yurick, aka, Matthew Yuricich, archer, painter and Hollywood special effects artist. He won the Academy Special Achievement Award for his work on the 1976 movie, Logan's Run. I met him at Hugh Rich's home and he gifted me a print from one of his paintings, which I had framed and is hanging on my living room wall.

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L-R; Walt Powell, Doug Kittredge, Jim Dougherty, Jack Howard, Hugh Rich and Jim Cavanaugh at a Kittredge Bow Hut hunting clinic in Pasadena, 1960.

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Thank you for more wonderful photos, Ira. [smile]  Pictured are some of the greatest people in our sport from the 1940s to the 1980s.  Keep up the great work!
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I agree with Fred; some of the greatest names in our sport.  
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Great job keeping the history alive 🏹👍
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Another great trove from the history vault, Ira.  Would you fill us in on what the 'Bedroom Shot' entailed?  It looks like a hoot!
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Another trip back in time.  Jim Dougherty looked mighty young in that photo.  Mighty happy too.  

Thanks again Ira!  Frank

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Ray, I don't have details on the Bedroom Shot. Nubbie had some really crazy setups at his Desert Shoots. Here's another pic of the Bedroom Shot I had posted some time ago. That's Dr. Erwin Pletcher on the bed. I imagine the setup changed a bit at each shoot.

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Ira, the second bedroom photo may have cleared up what is entailed.  When I shot 3 gun matches, we had a similar setup except there was a pistol on the nightstand.
The person lying in the bed is timed from "woken up" until all the shots are made.  It looks like a similar scenario.  I just couldn't figure out the dress on Mr. Hathaway
and how that may have related to the task.  I really enjoy the novelty of these types of events and Nubbie's shoots would have been a great time for me.  Too bad the
world is litigious and politically correct today to allow much of that fun.

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