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Hummingbird Smothers Brothers in Concert 1988
Exhibit #3002
TypeSpecial Release
ShapeStandard (-)
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionThree piece wood
OwnerRick Brough

A standard classic Hummingbird hardrock maple yo-yo, standard shape, stamped in dark brown with "Smothers Brothers in Concert 1988". A silouette of the Smothers Brothers is enclosed within a circle. Hard to find.

Compare also with Yo-Yo Man, v. 1 and Yo-Yo Man, v. 2.

This yo-yo commemorates The Smothers Brothers concert tour in 1988. To augment their act, "Yo-Yo Man" became part of their shows. Tom Smothers had created the mostly non-speaking character in the late '60s, a comedic performer of tricks using a yo-yo. The term "Yo-Yo Man" is registered in his name. In their 2008 tour, Yo-Yo Man was listed as the group's opening act.

Original retail price: $10 US.

In 1992, Salt Lake's Dale Myrberg went backstage at Las Vegas' Golden Nugget to see his friend, Tommy Smothers, the comedian, who has the term "Yo-Yo Man" registered in his name. Smothers was entertaining some kids by doing yo-yo tricks. When he saw Myrberg, he stopped in his tracks and asked him to take over. "Then," says Myrberg, "I heard this voice saying, 'Oh, look, there's the REAL Yo-Yo Man.' "It was Smothers' wife, Marci. That meant a lot to Myrberg, which is why he will sometimes sign an autograph as "the REAL Yo-Yo Man." But he has no intention of challenging the "Yo-Yo Man" title taken by Tom Smothers, because Smothers is his benefactor. Myrberg became nationally known in 1988 and 1989 when he appeared as a guest on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" on CBS Television. When asked how good Smothers is with the Yo-Yo, Myrberg smiles and says confidently, "On a 10 scale, Tom is 5 and I'm an 18." Myrberg considers Smothers "a class comedian," but says he doesn't do "the fancy two-handed stuff.*

* Lythgoe, Dennis (4 November 1994). "The Real Yo-Yo Man's a S.L. Man". DeseretNews.com. Last retrieved 21 October 2018.

Tom Smothers died of cancer December 27, 2023 at the age of 86.

The same silhouette image used on this yo-yo was also used on the Smothers Brothers yo-yo patch.

See also the Tom Kuhn "Smo-Bro" yo-yo by clicking "Close-up" in the exhibit.
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