Tommy went to the Maverick for about 4 years in the early 60's. He was on the football team and the tumbling team, along with Johnny Plant, Johnny Hamilton, and his cousin (Bobby Stevens). They used to tour different places around the Amarillo area especially Amarillo Air Force Base. Tommy always talks about the Maverick Club to his wife and about the good times he had there. He can still remember it like it was yesterday. Tommy said, "Back then just as you came in the front doors were the ping pong tables and those caused him to get swats from Mr. Dykeman". One day he brought a turtle to the club that he had found and had the turtle on one of the ping pong tables. A boy came by and threw that turtle on the floor and you can guess what happened next. The fists started to flying and here came Mr. Dykeman. Tommy and the other boy received 10 swats apiece from Mr. Dykeman with the paddle from hell. The paddle had little holes drilled in it and you could hear it whistle when it started toward you. Tommy said, "That was my first and last swats". Upstairs you could play games and Mrs. Dykeman was in charge of that. In the gym we had our tumbling mats and trampolines. You couldn't jump on the trampolines unless you had a B2 rating in tumbling. A B2 rating meant you were able to do a round-off back flip along with the easier tricks. You then went to a rating of B1, A2, and then A1 (the highest). Johnny Plant, Johnny Hamilton, and Bobby Stevens were among the few in A1 class. Tommy only made it to B1, but at least he got to jump on the trampolines. Tommy said he is 51 years old and can still do back flips on the ground, and can still do plenty on the tramp. His grandkids think that is so cool, and Tommy tells them where and how he learned it. Tommy lives in Atlanta, Texas which is about 20 miles south of Texarkana, Texas. Tommy is in sales in the largest hardware store in East Texas. He is married and has 7 children, (4 girls and 3 boys). He has 7 grandsons and one lonely grand-daughter. Only one son is still at home and he's 15. His oldest is 31. Tommy's dad lived in Fritch until his death last year. They still come up every so often and in fact the last time they were there, he took his wife by to see the Club on Lincoln Street. Tommy still has relatives who live in Amarillo. His uncle (Jerry Stevens) has a car lot right off the interstate (Stevens Motor Co.). Another uncle (Bill Stevens) retired from the city. Tommy's step-brother (Donny Hickmott) also attended the Club. Tommy says, "The Maverick Boys Club will always be with me. I didn't have a very good childhood, that is one good memory I will always cherish". Tommy says, "Thank you and God Bless the Maverick Boys Club and all the people who make it possible". Tommy can be reached at: Hardwareguy50@aol.com.