Dewey (center) and his family.
Left: Dewey (L) working
with a model as a
youth. Right: Dewey
(L) had a love of model
airplanes that continued throughout his life.
Leonard was born and raised near San Jose, California.
He was an accomplished machinist, welder, and mechanic.
Leonard loved to build, drive, fly, and “fix things that go,”
including vintage Porsches, motorcycles, and airplanes.
Leonard and his wife, Nina, moved to Siskiyou County,
California, with their three dogs. Leonard was actively
involved in his community. He was an executive board
member for the Sonoma County Fourth of July celebration
for seven years, and a member of the NORCAL Golden
Retriever Rescue Organization. Len was also a member of
the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the EAA.
Visit http://amafoundation.modelaircraft.org/blog to read
more about the sale.
If you are interested in donating your collection or learning
more about planned giving opportunities, please contact
Director of Development Mandee Mikulski at mandeem@
modelaircraft.org or call (765) 287-1256, extension 277.
(L-R): Flying Site Assistance Coordinator Tony Stillman, volunteer
Brandalyn Geesaman, and Director of Development Mandee Mikulski,
after the final item was sold during the estate sale.
March 3, 1934-January 12, 2015
The aeromodeling community lost a leading innovator on
January 12, 2015. Dewey Broberg, the creative mind behind
Du-Bro Products, began his company with one product in
1959. After more than 50 years in the industry, Du-Bro’s
inventory grew to include more than 1,200 items, many of
which continue to be used by modelers today.
Dewey was born in New York, and moved with his family
to Chicago when he was young. Control Line aeromodeling
was thriving in the Chicago area in
the 1950s and Dewey’s interest was
sparked. He began modeling when he
was six years old and quickly became
involved in several local clubs.
In those days, glow engines were
started with lantern batteries attached
to the engine with two alligator clips.
Dewey modified a plastic clothespin to
simplify the connection, and the Kwik-Klip was born. This became the staple
innovation produced under the Du-Bro name.
Dewey’s enterprise and ingenuity grew from there. His
business soon included all facets of modeling. He added
vacuum-formed scale bodies for stock cars to his inventory,
which influenced the production of ARFs in the 1960s.
Du-Bro produced the first RC helicopter kit in the US
after hiring David Gray in 1972. Known as the Whirlybird,
the aircraft is represented in the National Model Aviation
Museum in Muncie, Indiana.
flowed into other areas
as well. Dewey started
an expanded line of
fishing accessories, the
Pro Series, in 1982,
followed by Pine Ridge
archery products in
1997. Other products,
including a golf club
washer and birdhouses,
were either adapted
or developed for other
uses including robotics,
missiles, and even Jim
Dewey was one of
the founders of the Radio Control Hobby Trade Association
in the early 1980s and its trade show, which is now known
as iHobby Expo.
Dewey retired in 1997 and sold Du-Bro to his children,
Jim, Kathy, and Gayle. Although his family took over the
day-to-day operations, Dewey was never far removed,
offering new ideas and solutions to problems. Today, Du-Bro Products remains a family-run organization. Dewey
is greatly missed, but his children continue his legacy,
emphasizing leading-edge development and quality
12 Model Aviation APRIL 2015 www.ModelAviation.com