Don 'Waldo' Autry, skateboarding legend, found dead in Seal Beach

Full story: Pasadena Star-News

Don "Waldo" Autry, a well-known skateboarder in the 1970s who was featured in movies, magazines and books, was found dead Wednesday in Seal Beach.
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wheres

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I guess the lesson here is to be careful of the questions you ask. You might not like the answer.
The Mad Man

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I am not sure about the question you asked BUT NO ONE dies of natural causes at this mans age. I wrote to the editor and asked for more information but of course there was no response. As a freelance journalist, I would report that the causes of death were 'unknown' at present until they could be confirmed. Anything else is sheer speculation for 'unconfirmed sources'. NOTHING should have been reported until they had all their facts in order. They are indicating a lot here and the article is slanted.
Shame to see journalism like this but that is why I am Independent. I would not write an article like this. Professionalism is no longer part of the journalism creed anymore. Sensationalism sells and that is what they are trying to sell here.
DON'T BELIEVE IT UNTIL YOU GET ALL THE FACTS.
Wow

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How often did this middle-aged man use "I used to be a champion skateboarder" as a pickup line in the bars. How often did it get him laid?
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The Mad Man wrote:
I am not sure about the question you asked BUT
the question was probably "where's waldo," you moron.
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He has a t-shirt that says, "I'm Kind Of A Big Deal Around Here."
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No way was he a skateboard wizard in the 70s -- they hadn't even invented the wheel back then.
Old Guy with scars

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Pebbles wrote:
No way was he a skateboard wizard in the 70s -- they hadn't even invented the wheel back then.
Show some respect noob... "Waldo" was riding vert at Baldy Pipes and gunning Signal Hill when Tony Hawk was still in diapers. Really!
Don Was My Friend

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To the bonehead that assumes Don used the pick up line about being a champion skateboarder and the guy commenting about him wearing a stupid a$$ shirt.

The answer to both your asinine comments is NEVER. Don was literally a down to earth guy. I met him in 1986 and knew him for quite some time before ever finding out how good he was at skateboarding. Out of all the years I've known him he's never used the "do you know who I am" line. He wasn't really famous and he knew it. Just a regular likable guy.

One thing for sure is he lived life on the edge while remaining an all around good person
The Mad Man

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Don Was My Friend wrote:
To the bonehead that assumes Don used the pick up line about being a champion skateboarder and the guy commenting about him wearing a stupid a$$ shirt.
The answer to both your asinine comments is NEVER. Don was literally a down to earth guy. I met him in 1986 and knew him for quite some time before ever finding out how good he was at skateboarding. Out of all the years I've known him he's never used the "do you know who I am" line. He wasn't really famous and he knew it. Just a regular likable guy.
One thing for sure is he lived life on the edge while remaining an all around good person
There seems to be some assumption about this man but no facts and the newspapers do not give the facts about this man. I don't know anything about this man except what was written but I don't like the slant this is taking. Please someone, give some facts about this man and the life he led. He at least deserves this about of respect.
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Don was a good man. He had his issues, but especially to those commenting here who never met him - why does the caused of his death matter? He lived life the way he wanted to. He was a kick ass surfer and skater. If you really want to know more about his life, google him! Miss you Don. I still expect you to show up and trash my house one last time:-) And you still owe me a hair cut!
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Admit it, Don's Friend, you laughed when you read some these nutty comments. Don woulda appreciated them too.
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Don was great! He taught me that no matter what other people thought of you, it didn't matter. Follow your heart and your passion, you'll be successful. His words to me when I was embarrassed to tell people that I went to cosmetology school after being in construction for a few years.

Thank you, Waldo! You are an inspiration to me.
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Jason wrote:
Don was great! He taught me that no matter what other people thought of you, it didn't matter. Follow your heart and your passion, you'll be successful. His words to me when I was embarrassed to tell people that I went to cosmetology school after being in construction for a few years.
Thank you, Waldo! You are an inspiration to me.
Don had a pep talk with me after I told him I was too embarrassed to tell my friends that I was taking ballet lessons, even though I liked to drive down to Ripples every saturday night with my friends to beat up gay dudes.

Don taught me not to care what other people thought of me because we'll all be dead soon anyway.

I told my friends, and they didn't care, and still let me go with them. I'm still taking ballet lessons to this day!
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God help us if one of our leading citizens is at the top of the heap because he knew how to ride a skateboard. That is really pathetic.
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I new "Waldo" back in the 70's and he was a skateboarder back then and a good one. He started the down hill contest at hill st in signal hill. He was a Long beach dude and we all hung out. RIP "Waldo"
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Big Fred wrote:
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Don had a pep talk with me after I told him I was too embarrassed to tell my friends that I was taking ballet lessons, even though I liked to drive down to Ripples every saturday night with my friends to beat up gay dudes.
Don taught me not to care what other people thought of me because we'll all be dead soon anyway.
I told my friends, and they didn't care, and still let me go with them. I'm still taking ballet lessons to this day!
I love him
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Where's Waldo buried?
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Actually riding a bicycle is much harder because a bike only has 2 wheels, a skateboard has 4. If you don't believe me, look it up on Wikipedia.
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Hill Street is posted with No Skateboarding signs. Why should we celebrate the life of a criminal?
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Signal Hill PD wrote:
Hill Street is posted with No Skateboarding signs. Why should we celebrate the life of a criminal?
He wasn't a criminal. Going down signal hill on a skateboard used to be a scheduled event. I agree it wasn't that difficult. They had extra long boards to make stability much easier. If they had agreed to go down on average sized boards or smaller, I would have been interested in watching that.

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