Sep
21

For God So Loved The World He Gave Us Christian Hosoi- An Interview.

As a professional skateboarder in the 1980s, Christian Hosoi reached legendary status dominating contests with his fluid style and big airs. An instant icon, fans called him “Christ” and lapped up his “Hammerhead” pro model to the tune of $250,000 a year in his peak. A man seemingly born to occupy the spotlight, Christian became one of the main faces of the fledgling sport.

“Hosoi was the rock star of that era” says fellow pro Lance Mountain of the 1980s, “I remember being with him in Europe one time and he had a whole entourage with him–like the whole Rocket team, and we were in a store where Hosoi was trying on leather jackets and it was taking forever. We’re all sitting in there waiting for him to pick one out or whatever and I got bored and went outside. A few minutes later, the whole crew walked out with white leather jackets. He bought one for everybody.”
Grant Fukuda, a former Dogtown pro skater remembers Christian’s routine when he would arrive into town. “He would rent a white Lincoln Town Car, go straight to Sandy’s and then on to Rainbow Drive-In. He’d order like five plate lunches and then he’d be like, ‘And what do you guys want?'” he recalls. Whether it was expensive sushi or plate lunch, “he’d always pick up the tab for everyone.”
But on January 20, 2000 Hosoi’s high flight came crashing back down to earth, when he was arrested at Honolulu airport carrying almost a pound and a half of crystal methamphetamine in from Los Angeles. In a story well documented in skate circles via the internet and Thrasher magazine, Hosoi joined a small cadre of 80s professional skaters to have an all too public fall from grace. Christian was eventually convicted and sentenced to serve 10 years in prison, a fate that changed his life, in more ways than one…
The following interview was conducted via phone on 1/18/11.

The Christian Hosoi Interview
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Sep
04

Mike Vallely- Judge And Be Prepared To Be Judged, Harshly. An Interview.

12/17/10. My introduction for this interview is simple…It’s Mike Fucking Vallely! Read it. 

The Mike Vallely Interview 
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Sep
02

10 Questions Series: Amit Goswami, Ph. D.

Amit Goswami

NAME: Amit Goswami

BIO: Amit Goswami, Ph. D. is a professor of theoretical nuclear physics (retired) at the University of Oregon where he served since 1968. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness”, an idea he explicated in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe, where he also solved the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect. 

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02

10 Questions Series: Lissa Rankin, MD

Lissa Rankin

NAME: Dr. Lissa Rankin

BIO: Lissa Rankin, MD is a physician, the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourselfand the founder of Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers. She was featured on the public television special Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine, and will soon appear in a documentary film about her work.  Dr. Rankin is on a grass roots mission to heal health care by repairing the doctor-patient relationship, while empowering both patients and health care providers to marry the best of Western medicine with mind-body approaches scientifically proven to activate the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms. 

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10 Questions Series: Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield

NAME: Jack Canfield

BIO: As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, Jack Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre – and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of more than 123 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul® franchise (and over 500 million copies in print worldwide), Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success.

Behind the empire Time Magazine called the “publishing phenomenon of the decade” is America’s leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, managers, sales professionals, corporate employees, and educators. Over the last 30 years, his compelling message, empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve their dreams. 

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