I showed a video of Tom Smothers to the kids in the school club. They laughed and wanted to know, “Who is this guy?” A few commented on how simple the tricks were and some even used the word “lame.” I supplied the wood axle yoyo’s and challenged them to do those same “lame” tricks.
Mass failure! Now Tom has new respect from some very young players that have been honing their skills with fixed wood axle yoyos.
Tom Smothers was the only person I ever saw really yo when I was a kid. I grew up after all the Duncan demonstrators and before the internet so it was Tom alone that brought me to yoyoing! On occasion I see newer throwers put him down but he will always have my gratitude.
This thread is for those that experienced Tom not as lame but as inspirational. Post your stories, pics and such, here regarding Tom.