Pro skateboarder, actor, and downtown character Harold Hunter passed away over the weekend. HaroldHunter.com has information about donations for the funeral services, and his friends have also put together this tribute site for everyone to post up their remembrances, and the collected anecdotes capture not only an individual, but a unique slice of New York City and everything that's funny, sad, absurd and inspiring about it, whether you've lived here all your life or have never even visited. Said one poster: "I saw him skate once at a demo in Texas, at a skatepark I went to quite a bit during college. It was funny watching all these little kids, 11, 12 year olds, stare at how odd he seemed. He got out of the van they were in wearing only boxers and the stiffest Levi's jeans you've ever seen. I think they were starched. I remember thinking 'No way that guy is gonna skate in jeans like that!' But he did. No shirt the whole day. Jeans nearly falling off with every trick. He had some funny moves when he'd fall. I'd seen and read about him in plenty of magazines over the years and I had a Zoo York video as well, so I knew he was a rather funny guy. But the enjoyment was more from all these little kids not knowing what they were watching, and him just being himself."
New York Stories
February 20, 2006