|Richard Ian Wilson, 1931-2014|
This is the list of questions which I hoped to ask Mr. Wilson during the interview which, unfortunately, never happened.
|Dick Wilson shooting a left hand Ocala X17|
|Dick Wilson and his family: Richard I. Wilson, wife Ellen Saitz Wilson, and daughters-. Laurie Wilson Eller is the taller one, and Joy Wilson Brychta is the smaller one: featured in both the 1964 and 1966 Catalogs|
|Dick Wilson's Bow stringer patent|
|Dick Wilson with his patented Thunderbolt broadhead|
|Hunter Rest may also be a Dick Wilson innovation|
|1968 Titan X15...the "Rainbow"?|
|Dick Wilson was an ambidextrous archer.|
- · “THE BIG FISH- Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium ” has a life size photo of Dick Wilson with the huge air-breathing Arapaima fish shot with a Shakespeare bow while bowfishing in South American. Dick said: “The fish was a food fish which was eaten by the natives. The natives were amazed that I could shoot one with bow and arrow but were very, very worried that I might be harmed by the many piranhas which were in the water where I was.”
- · ( His children) They remember watching him on TV sports programs & reading all the articles he wrote on archery, hunting in the Amazon, hunting in different countries and going on safaris. Dick Wilson’s daughters also recall family visits with Ernie Root and his family. They remember Ernie’s son Ronnie, when they were young—because he made his eyelashes flutter! They also say that they especially remember visiting Ernie Root’s cabin because he had a cook—they were impressed.
- BILL SHATNER: Dick's sister sent me this as an email: “Dick said Bill Shatner was a really fun guy to be with. First time we met he grabbed my hat off my head, put it on his & gave me his hat, saying that he liked my hat better than his.” Bill & Dick arrived in Alaska early so that they had 2 full days before the TV film was shot, so that Dick could train Bill for shooting Alaskan bear. Bill had been an archer for several years, with had but no experience in shooting Alaskan brown bear. During the filming, but not shown, Dick said “I stood right behind Bill with a very powerful rifle to shoot a bear if it got too close to Bill.” When Bill came to Wisconsin he would call Dick, they went out to dinner so the guys could talk about the Alaskan trip and their current archery interests. They lost track of each other after Dick moved to Las Vegas.
Dick Shooting lefty
- (from his daughter) “We also did a short film in Chicago with Jimmy Pearsol (ex- baseball player I think from LA) advertising archery as a family fun recreational activity. That was very cool. I think it was shown as a short before a regular movie back then. I wish I had a copy of that!! I also remember when Michigan Outdoors came to our house on Crooked Lake in Mattawan, MI to film my dad shooting into the water with a "fishing bow". It was sort of a comedy too because he "planted" a boot, a can, etc. in the water and "caught" those as a joke. I don't remember if he ever caught a fish but I think he did.”
Dick Shooting Right Hand
- ·(from Dick’s sister), Some brief memories: **eating cooked rabbit (usually with pieces of buckshot still in) which he had shot as a young teenager **when living in Michigan as adults w/children, our family would drive to Dick’s house (on a lake of course) & the young cousins would have a blast swimming, boating, performing plays (they made up) for the adults & in the evening singing songs over a campfire—we all were big on singing as both Dick’s family & my family always sang during our separate driving trips (he had an excellent voice & knew a lot of songs we sang from childhood—which he taught his children.) **watching him on TV sports programs & reading all the articles he wrote on archery, hunting in the Amazon & different countries & going on safaris. **His children adored him as a caring, loving father throughout all his life & often flew to Las Vegas to see him & tell him how much they appreciated the way he raised them & the values he taught them. **At family reunions he would always be asked to tell the family (about 50-60 people now) about our grandmother & other relatives very interesting lives (he was interested in genealogy.) As he stood in front of the family, their spouses & kids, he would tell these stories that fascinated all—even keeping the young kids listening **in short, he was a very interesting person, who led a very interesting life, was a professional manager or owner of several companies, was a professional archer, big animal hunter, designed some archery equipment (which was patented), was a writer, a wonderful father and “a great guy” to people who knew him.