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Tahoe City, CA
Thursday, April 27, 2017

New skateboard parks

In the early 1960s, my family was living in Hermosa Beach and our friend, Don Guild, owned the local drugstore. Appearing one day in his front window was an 18-inch piece of wood painted red with a roller skate nailed to the bottom. On the top in big bright, white letters it said “Bun Board.” A friend of his had...

The Big Red Truck

“Every night that I slept in that truck I saved enough money on dinner, motel and breakfast to buy yet another roll of Kodachrome for my already planned, next feature film.” In the spring of 1950, I was surfing at San Onofre when a friend named Burrhead drove up in a shiny, new Chevrolet panel delivery truck. It was the perfect surfing...

Publications

The first of the season edition of Ski Magazine and The Ski Journal dropped into my post office box last week, but, unfortunately, it is still 105 long days until mid-December when many of America’s ski resorts advertise they will open. There are a few of them at oxygen-starvation altitudes that will open earlier and some that are in...

Hollywood-land

“During the last of 10 laps, I was struggling in fourth place when one of the men in front of me fell and I coasted home in third place and won the first trophy in my life.” Hundreds of millions of people have read the Hollywood sign as they came in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport. In...

Twenty-five thousand skiers

In 1960, two years before Vail opened with one gondola, two chairlifts and a Poma lift, I rode to the where Chair 4 ends with Pete Siebert in some sort of an Army surplus, over-the-snow vehicle. He was able to drive to an advantage point where I got my first view of the now-famous Back Bowls. There were no ski...

Small town living

Orcas Island, where we live spring summer and fall, is only about 85 miles north of Seattle and, yet, an estimated 90 percent of the people in Seattle haven’t taken the ferryboat ride from Anacortes to Orcas Island. This is fine with my wife and me because we like the quietness. On the last Saturday in June every year, about...

A drug called Kodachrome

After almost a year aboard a couple of ships in the South Pacific, I finally had accumulated enough points to earn a discharge and a $100 mustering out check. I was walking down Market Street with that $100 check in my pocket when an 8mm Bell & Howell movie camera caught my eye. That check was enough to buy the...

Sun Valley 1946-47

When I drove into the Sun Valley parking lot with Ward Baker in January 1947, I had no idea that I would spend the next three winters there. On the road from Ketchum to Warm Springs, there was only one building after the Bigwood River Bridge. There was no reason for anyone to live out there because there was no...

Enjoying the ski life

In the spring of 1997, my wife Laurie and I were living the good life in Vail, Colo., skiing almost every day when I was invited to take a ride on a private jet to Bozeman, Mont. On board were former Vice Presidential candidate Jack Kemp, Jon Reveal and the man who had invited us, Tim Blixseth. We were going to...

Snowfalls

This has been a winter of extraordinary weather patterns and snowfalls. So far, 2014 has had more snow fall in Detroit and Chicago than either city has had since 1884. The north polar icecap has increased by 900,000 square miles. The surf in Southern California was estimated at more than 25 feet recently to the delight of every surfer within...