Last year at age 91 John was interviewed for a skateboard documentary, recounting the history of his pioneering work in that field!
Between 1963 and 1965 he had co-developed and manufactured a skateboard he named the “Humco Surfer” that was then featured on the Regis Philbin show on KOGO-TV (now KGTV) in San Diego.
In early 2012 he learned that the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) had named him an Icon of Skating and inducted him into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. Though he passed away a few weeks before the May 10th awards ceremony, his daughters Anne and Terry attended to accept on his behalf.
They were surprised and pleased to see many world champion skaters crowding around a display of their father’s Humco board, and learned that the Humco Surfer is now a highly prized collector’s item.
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