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Well, Tom has never been known to half-arse anything. What ever he is going to do he is going to do well, and I'm sure that everything will go smooth.
Thank you fo rmy RTP. I still love it!
Giant flying dogs are gonna give you a flame-thrower enema!!!
SUPPORT YOUR TROOPS!!!!!!!!
Any chance of an AO going away tour???
It would be great to see Tom at the next AO-NJ day.
Dayspring, start pulling some strings...
Much as others have said, I'm not surprised by this. Sad yes, but not surprised. Tom has way too much character and heart to stay in an industry full of corruption and politics.
On a different note, I can see in the near future things going two ways. If we don't stand strong and carry on the tradition that Tom has built here on AO, things are going to continue to get worse around here. If not, AO will become simply another PBN.
I’m so sick of listening to all the complaining about how bad things have become and about how great things where back in AO’s glory days. There is a very strong core group of people that have become practically family. And to us, this is much like a death in the family. So what does a family have to do when there is a death, you pull together and carry on.
You are the Wormtongue of AO.
Well said Rob... couldn't have said it better myself. We as AO'ers need to keep the REAL meaning of AO alive and not let the idea of a internet community STARTED BY TOM become diluted by people who don't understand how things got started and why we are here to begin with.
Originally Posted by wyn1370
Tom started AO? I thought he purchased it from someone else who started it.
Originally Posted by Creative Mayhem
But with that said, I wish Tom all the best and hope he is happy in whatever he does. His leaving was by far not unexpected though. As some have already posted, folks should have seen this coming for a long time. But as is often the case folks see only what they want to see.
Tom is not dead. Tom is simply moving on. Have fun Tom.
For some odd reason the Lorax came to mind.
Other than that, not much else to say. I'm just sad and I hope that AO only improves and that AGD stays the course.
"Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep."
-Theodore Roosevelt, February 17, 1899
going away party?
I'm sure Tom would not want one, but any thoughts to a proper send off by all the loyal AGD customers over the years? A chance to laugh and cry together? Anyone second the idea?
Wow Tom, you took me by shock.
Im gonna go watch my Shatner DVD and play with my mag...
SAD SAD DAY IN PAINTBALL FELLAS. SAD DAY.
Good luck in your new ventures, and hopefully this new guy will be as nice as you are.
thanks for all you've done, for all of us. I'm happy and proud to be able to say that I got to meet you one time. May your next venture be as rewarding for you as this one has been for all of us.
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No one should be really surprised with this. After speaking with Tom at D-Day. I felt it was just a matter of time. It is too bad there are so few paintballers that have been around long enough to realize just what Tom has done for this industry. I studied Mechanical Engineering many many years ago and I've always said that the Mag series is the only gun with any sort of solid engineering behind it's design and the reason I still own the first one I bought in the early 90's......
Good luck, Tom...you will be missed. Budd bailing, Glenn retiring, you retiring...the end of an era...now it'll be all about big business and profit margins, more than about the "game".
I think it was appropriate to dust off this old rant on the webpage and toss it back up on AO. Cry fest time.
Those Truly Hurt
My heart truly goes out to those that are hurt the most from these obscene lawsuits and legal battles. I'm not talking about the players. I'm not talking about small companies who are drowning in a sea of profit loss and competition. I'm talking about people who truly epitomize paintball. People like Tom Kaye. This man has poured all of his living into the sport he loves. He has been there, innovating and helping people for decades, trying to stay alive in a world of backstabbing competitors. His company has prided itself on helping the customers and treating them like family. This man teaches his own tech classes and can be reached if there is ever a problem. Now, I had the honor of briefly speaking with him at IAO, and the one quote that will stay with me until I die is “I have to watch what I say ‘now.’” It’s a ****ing tragedy that this kind, helpful man who helped evolve the sport we love is afraid to speak his mind about a game he personally helped nurture. I owned a Mag and didn’t care for it, but you won’t find more loyal customers that Airgun’s patrons. Why? Because Tom is one of the founding fathers of this game, and they are all his children.
Originally Posted by shartley
Tom might not have been the "founder" of AO, but he developed and grew AO. He was the one that supported and in my mind, made AO what it is today.
And if you say "no, it was the users of AO" I do not agree. AO would not be where it is today if AGD did not buy it and if Tom did not put his time and money into it.
A Brave new world...
After taking 24hrs to think about it....
To, me... paintball has just took a turn for the worse. AO and AGD seem to have a dark cloud over them right now... and it is a feeling that I just dont like.
With all of the B.S. and underhanded characters that permiate our sport... I always took great comfort in knowing Tom and AGD where there.
Not only the last of, but the FIRST good guy of paintball. It is not difficult to understand why he is calling it quits.
The paintball market right now is flooded with cheaply made, FAD products. Out of all of the dozens of markers out right now, I can count on one hand the number of them that I would buy or use other than an AGD product. (and still have fingers left over)
It must be tough to have to fight an uphill battle every day against:
A lesser man would have moved on long ago.
I also wanted to let Tom know that my X-mag is the possesion I cherrish the most.
AGD is obviously at a crossroad right now. The only good thing I try to keep in mind is that things might actually get better.
A new direction, new products... a new spark of enthusiasm. (A quality marketing team would help too)
So I am tipping my Yankees hat, and wishing Tom and his family the very best in the new year.
Now I am going to go home, give my X-mag a good cleaning, get some new paint, fresh batteries for my Halo.. and get ready to kick some butt this weekend on the field.
I agree. And I would not say what your preemptive argument point was either.
Originally Posted by Muzikman
I will however add that I truly agree that Tom had a great roll in forming what AO is today. And I will also point out that while some would consider that a good thing, there are others (and just as many if not more) that would disagree with that. It is a matter of perspective…… but I understand that this is not really a matter suited for open discussion on AO.
Again, I wish Tom all the best. Retiring should be viewed in a positive light, not as if someone has died……. Well, unless you are being escorted by Joe Black.
Best memories in paintball will allways lie with you and ao tom, Best Wishes for your future.
I will NEVER forget you or get rid of my mag. Good luck and good bye.
If God was a fly would you kill it.
Well Tom i would like to thank you for all the years of automag goodness that you have brought to the paintball world. I speak for everyone here when I say you have done a great job. Good luck and Best wishes. hope to see you around AO.
my take on Tom's legacy and contribution can be easily summed up every single time I go to play with my 68Classic Mag (yes I mean classic as in remote line CO2 and dual expansions) and some young kid will say - "Hey, what kind of gun is that?"
To which I reply, "It's an Automag." Most will then get a real puzzled look on their face when they notice the absence of a motorized anything and a single finger trigger frame...
I can hear their brain saying "How do you play with something like that?"
After a few games of dominating play, sitting around getting a swig of gatorade - these kids, always more than one will ask me "Hey, how much was your gun?"
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Mags don't shoot darts... they shoot nails.
I used to be bertmcmahan, that I did.
There will be a long period of "The Dark Ages" for Paintball.
This reminds me of the end of "The Return of The King" when the good guys all sail off into the undieing(sp) lands....or the end of "Excailbur" when Arthur sails off with the othe kings.
Its been great shooting your markers for the past 9 years. Like others, not so suprised to see this happen... AO did grow nicely after AGD purchased it. I was a member here for a few years prior and the site was dead, but the forum at the time was still strong. AGD made it stronger, no doubt about that.
Just like to say good luck on your future ventures, and I wish nothing but greatness for you in the future. You have brought so much to the sport and its players. Its truly a sad day when someone like this walks away.
Taking a long needed leave of the sport to finish school and tour the country
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I really do hope that the company is on the upswing. I don't want AGD to lose its vision for the future. I really pray and hope that the 'Mag will not disappear. It should be refined but not forgotten. What products are in the works?
Originally Posted by MindJob
Well I know what this means. I must sell my cocker, get an emag, and make a pilgramage to shatner ball.