Yesterday while on “Post Worlds” phone call with Greg Cohen, Greg revealed to me that the legendary Bob Bowden passed away having lost his battle with cancer. Bob was a pillar in the yo-yo community during the last yo-yo boom. He is one of the few yoyoers who found his work published on a world wide scale and was key in the promotion of many yo-yo companies. Bob was also one of the first yoyoers with an online presence paving the way for sites like YoYoSkills.com.
I never had the pleasure to meet Bob in person, but his death will have an impact on the yo-yo world as his life did. I asked Chuck Short, a close friend and colleague to Bob Bowden to write a few words.
Bob Bowden, a pioneer in the on-line presence of the art and sport of yo-yoing, passed away on August 6th, a day after his 59th Birthday, after a long bout with cancer.
A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Bob worked over the course of 3 decades teaching and inspiring thousands of others to yo-yo through the Spintastics “Science of Spin” program, as well as authoring two books on the subject, “Awesome yo-yo tricks” and “Yo-Yo for beginners” .
Bob may be best known for his role as a participant and administrator in the first established yo-yo chat at irc.yoyoing.com, where we made hundreds of friends throughout the world and established himself as someone that could be relied on for information and help. His work continued through his web site “Bob’s Land O’ Yo” a very early resource for information and links to other yo-yoing related sites. Beside working extensively with Spintastics and their elementary school based programs throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Bob was one of the attendees of the now famous “Yo-Yo University” seminars put on by HPK marketing in Hawaii in 1998, that featured many of the top yo-yo performers and instructors of the day, many of which are still active today, and has been thought of as a catalyst for the famous “yo-yo boom” in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Bob served for many years as a member of the Board Of Directors of the American yo-yo Association (AYYA) and was the first international member of the board.
Since being diagnosed with cancer 4 years ago, Bob has turned his attention to another of his great passions in life, the guitar, and has been very actively involved with making as much music as possible, playing hundreds of shows as part of his own “music therapy”.
Bob touched a pot of peoples lives and was a beloved character to people that have known him over the years, both in and out of the yo-yo scene, and he will be deeply missed by this family and many friends.