Don and Dave served on the AHOF Board before I became involved.
I was a witness to the emotional rollercoaster ride that Dave, Don, and the other AHOF Board Members experienced in their ongoing search.
Eventually, in the late 1990s, fledgling discussions with Bass Pro Shops personnel and later a generous seven-figure AHOF endowment from the estate of archery legends Ann and Earl Hoyt, Dave's vision began to take on a new sharp, clear focus.
I had joined the AHOF Board by then, and it seemed that Johnny wanted to hammer out a deal offering the AHOF space in his Springfield megastore--Missourrs most popular tourist destination, with millions of visitors annually.
A temporary display area housing AHOF items was made available, and the first induction to be held in Springfield took place in 2005.
Meanwhile, plans for a permanent AHOF home were being drawn and redrawn.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Bowhunter readers who visit the new AHOF Museum, which opens for daily public viewing starting Thanksgiving weekend, should recognize a few very familiar names and faces among the individual sketches and AHOF biographies displayed on the "Wall of Fame.