Mike Hughes has planned to make Disc History last for a few more generations. He has put $500,000.00 to pass on and maintain a Flying Disc Museum. I may be off a few dollars but I can correct this. I’ll try to add more to this article as I can. It is a good feeling that all of my hard work can be represented through his museum. He has put tons of hours itemizing discs.
I don’t know where he found the above 165 gram discs. I only have two left myself and one of them is cracked.
This is just NICE and considerate of him to do!
Tom Monroe was the second person in line to aim me toward my career. Jo Cahow was the first. I will be finding their discs and adding them here soon. One such disc is unique to Tom Monroe and I. Tom is the first of the best as far as being a World Champion goes. But better yet he didn’t just collect hundreds of trophies. He found unique ways to promote the sport. That is what I do and that is why I really like Tom. Tom could make a living as a psychologist but Frisbee people are more interesting. The IFA an organization supported by Wham-O and thousands of members across the globe made 14 demo teams a very special run. I got three hundred. My number 14 came from Stork. But numbers change. At that time I thought there were only three full time all the time teams making a check week to week promoting The Sport of Flying Discs by doing Demonstrations. I was doing almost 15 shows a week in as many
cities. Some tours lasted 9 months at a time. When I was really lucky I picked up summer shows at Recreation Centers or Amusement Parks.
Tom was one of the very few that was given his own van to tour in. More photos to come. I’d like to get that story of how many pro teams had these special discs made. I have the remains of two disc left and one in a shadow box. My impression at the time from Stork was 14 teams. This would greatly add to Mike’s Collection to find those teams that consistently did enough shows to earn their own stamp! I’d like to see the other team’s disc.
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Mike Hughes Back in 2018, we were about to open the museum and I needed more golf discs so I bought Tom Monroe’s collection. Much to my delight, all three of these 82 molds came in that transaction. Since I collect sets, I love all of the discs you have and I think I have quite a few of them. I’m sure you had a hand in making all of these. Can you tell me how Tom got them and how many of these 82 molds were made, and when?
Tom Monroe Shane gave them to me. He and I did a few shows together. He was the only “one man Frisbee show” ever. Super guy.
Mike Hughes Hi Tom! I hope you are well man. Thanks for sharing how you got these discs. Have a great December buddy.
Shane K Smith Mike Hughes , I have an interesting story for you to follow up on. Tom and I were 2 of maybe 14 full time Demo teams that were awarded 300 discs with their name on them. I was proud of mine. Tom and Stork should know the exact numbers. I was awarded 300. https://shaneksmithphotography.com/…/the-flying-disc…/ I have one good one of mine left and a cracked one. You managed to get one of Tom’s intact. This will be a great spot if we can all remember who was touring full time at the time!
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