Class of 2000
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Groscup was a showman who entertained literally thousands of people with
his shooting abilities, bow and arrow and blowgun. At one event in Little Rock, Arkansas,
he entertained a record 80,000 people who came to watch him perform.
The same year he was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame he was named
"Distinguished West Virginian" by the West Virginia Governor, Cecil
Stacy was fascinated with Indians and their culture, especially their
spiritual beliefs and practices. He lived three years with a Cherokee
tribe in North Carolina and then spent time with another tribe in Quebec.
He came away with a strong, four point philosophy on life. we should be
strong spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially. Stacy had all
The following was
written by Frank Addington, January 8th, 2010
My Method of shooting the bow:
The Groscup Method of
Although my father actually started me shooting a bow
instinctively at four years old, I have dubbed my method "The Groscup
Method" in honor of my friend and mentor the late Rev. Stacy Groscup.
A humble Methodist minister from Morgantown, West Virginia
Stacy was a great shot with a bow. Any bow. He was the first
man to hit an aspirin tablet from mid air with a bow and he was the only
archer to ever hit seven pills in a row, that remains a world record.
He did that record shot in the 1980's in front of national TV. In 2004 he
signed the 7th arrow he used for that shot and gave it to me. I
also have many other things that help me remember my old friend and
Stacy always called me his second son, and we laughed about
it. My parents did not mind sharing and Stacy and I were close my
entire life. Now that he is gone I want people to remember him and
read about him. I guarantee Stacy had a positive impact on anyone
he ever met.
There was only one Rev. Stacy Groscup. His father baptized my
father when dad was born and I grew up watching Stacy's amazing shows.
I even tossed targets for him at a number of shows. When I turned
18, he took a Pepsi can and tossed it into mid air and challenged me to
hit it. I did and that same day he put me in front of an audience
shooting aerial targets.
Stacy preferred the shortest bow he could get with the arrow
as close to his knuckle as possible. Fred Bear liked his arrow
near his knuckle too. However I have seen Stacy shoot an Onieda
eagle, longbow and longer recurves with the same accuracy. Since
he was not a tall man, he liked the bows short. He could shoot
anything with a string on it. He had an extensive bow collection,
everything from antique Turkish coathanger bows to the most modern Black
Widow or Zipper. Golden Eagle even produced a limited edition bow
via Zipper with Stacy's name on it and they also made a video in the
1990's featuring Stacy.
When the Archery Hall of Fame inducted Stacy as their
49th Inductee, I was very pleased to have been the one that got the
nomination packet together. It was the least I could do for this
great man, As humble as Stacy was he was very honored to be
recognized by the sport he loved so much. I loved seeing him at the
podium accepting the award and speaking to the group at the ATA dinner
When we got back to West
the Governor honored Stacy with the Distinguished West Virginian Award
and the WV Senate had him on the floor of the Senate and recognized him.
The West Virginia DNR also hosted a small party for Stacy at their
headquarters at the Capital.
The morning of the Governor's award Stacy met me at Pops
archery shop. We presented Stacy with a Mathews MQ 32 bow. A
member of the media was there to interview Stacy. I had told them
he would be available for interviews but would not have time to shoot.
The next thing I know Stacy has the brand new MQ bow has never shot
outside and a reporter filming him shoot discs out of mid air with it.
Now keep in mind Stacy had just driven three hours and was 78 years old.
He hit the aspirin the FIRST shot for the camera. I was amazed and
I had watched him shoot my entire life. After the shot, Stacy
grinned, said we better go and put his sport coat back on and we left to
meet with the Governor. Just another day for Stacy. I
mentioned the feat later that day when I spoke at the Governors
I could tell you a lifetime of similar stories about Stacy.
Having shared the stage, hunting camps and practice range with him my
entire life I can attest to the fact that he was the most consistent
instinctive shooter to ever draw a string. I am not taking away
from any of our sports legends, living or past, and I consider myself a
fair shot, but of us all---instinctive shooters and exhibition shooters,
there has never been another like Stacy. He could hit aerial
targets from his stomach, his back, at a full run, or in a variety of
positions, and was able to maintain his accuracy through old age.
When he was 82 he joined me on stage and hit the aspirin the 7th shot. How many of us will even be able to see an
aspirin airborne at that age?
Stacy played a big part in my life and is one of the reasons I do what I
do. He was one of those role models that impact your life and
The following is taken from an article written by Frank Addington Jr.
National Bowhunter, Special Show Issue, 2006
"Stacy taught me that life,
like the seasons, was a circle, a never ending circle. Stacy was larger
than life and was a legend in the archery world. However he was a humble
man, who had fished with the President of the United States, spoke and performed
in front of thousands, and yet always had time to speak to a child or a
stranger. His warm smile, gentle manner and outspoken kindness were his
trademarks. He touched so many people."
Notes of Interest
One of Archery’s Greatest Instinctive Shooters
A Showman Whose Amazing Trick Shooting Demonstrations Thrilled
Hundreds of Thousands in Person, on TV, and in Films
First Archer To Shoot an Aspirin Out of Mid-Air; Once Hit
Seven Straight Tossed Aspirin Tablets To Set a World Record
Shot Aerial Targets of All Sizes While Lying on His Back,
Stomach, Running, Kneeling, Etc.
Fascinated with Native Americans and Their Culture, Dressed in
Buckskin and Wore a Beaded Headband During Shooting Exhibitions
Promoted Conservation, Natural History, and Archery into His
80s, with Special Encouragement for Young Archers
Frank Addington with mentor, Stacy