Cortland (Corky) Johnson, was a gifted archer and Bowyer who dominated the sport in and around the state of California during the 50's and early 60's. Brought up in San Diego he learned his trade working for Frank Eicholtz, the first to laminate a bow with fiberglass, and of his own invention. Corky moved around Southern California until eventually settling back in San Diego. He was a 3-Time State Instinctive Champion, Broadhead Champion, and 2nd place finisher in national competition. He formed several clubs, established ranges and produced a successful bow line under the name Custom by Corky.
A few weeks back, while researching Corky, I discovered that his widow, Carolyn, is still going strong a few miles from my house. She agreed to meet with me, observing current proper protocall, along with her and Corky's son, Craig. (I forgot to get his picture). A 4 hour visit resulted in a staggering amount of memories, pictures, and news clippings from Carolyn's scrapbook of her late husband. It was so much to take in, she agreed to let me return so I could choose a few things from the scrapbook to scan. I'll be returning those items later today.
Here is Carolyn and her Mustang which she purchased in 1970. A couple of years ago I saw her, in her Mustang, pulling into a fast food restaurant. I approached her and complimented the Mustang, not knowing at that time who she was.
Carolyn's scrapbook of Corky's achievements
State broadhead championship pins.
Sorry, I can't figure out how to turn these the right way yet.
Carolyn and guess who? I don't think I need to tell you. She claims that she wasn't into the archery very much. Based on the form and pictures I'm not sure I believe it.
I asked Carolyn if this was a picture of her fighting off suitors. She rolled her eyes but smiled.
One of several shots inside Corky's shop.
Corky in his best buckskin. He once posted a score in state competition that bested every other class by 100 points. Corky was an instinctive shooter.
Corky and a successful hunt