Don 'Waldo' Autry, skateboarding lege...

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

There are 36 comments on the Pasadena Star-News story from Jan 28, 2013, titled Don 'Waldo' Autry, skateboarding legend, found dead in Seal Beach. In it, Pasadena Star-News reports that:

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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Anon

Long Beach, CA

#21 Feb 3, 2013
There werent any signs prohibiting skateboarding , with all due respect dumbazz, in the 1970 ' soooo, uhhhhhh, and the City Of Signal Hill actually sponsors it now and in fact , was at the premiere ..they came with refreshments YUM..

.Tho riding down a hill on a skateboard does not a criminal make..
Penguin Books

Northridge, CA

#22 Feb 3, 2013
Puzzle Fan wrote:
Where's Waldo buried?
You didn't ask the question right.

From now on it's, "Where's Waldo BuriedTM."
luckysparrow

Victorville, CA

#23 Feb 3, 2013
Don was a great guy,not a criminal a pioneer in GUTS and the thrill of Life that most people can't even imagine.My husband and I have known Don for 41yrs friends of the family.He spent a lot of time with us water skiing camping and hanging out at our house.We used to call him "Cooker" He was hot at everything he did.Surfing behind our boat,skateboarding down a mountain doing a handstand everyone cheering.His amazing smile and the good things he did for others is what should be remembered,We loved him dearly,Mary & Buzz
luckysparrow

Victorville, CA

#24 Feb 4, 2013
Signal Hill PD wrote:
Hill Street is posted with No Skateboarding signs. Why should we celebrate the life of a criminal?
Everyone has the right to an opinion.Don was a thrill seeker not a criminal. He had a zest for life and touched many people with his enthusiasm.Your comment was over loaded .
1st grade teacher

Northridge, CA

#25 Feb 6, 2013
So Where's Waldo Buried?

Anyone?

Anyone?
SherryLouise

Long Beach, CA

#26 Feb 23, 2013
Ode to Waldo

A Blue somewhere between ancient turquoise
And a helpless lavender
a color never seen before

Or again .

The cameras lens could not connect

Though some have tried
To capture the subtle tones and flashy
Lights that sparkled deep within your Curley Locks

Like the bottle rockets you brought over

that lit up
Over my street on the Fourth of July

Or soft waves lapping at the shore
When you were fishing down at the fishin hole
Remember
When I made you go get a fishin license so you wouldn't get your fishin gear taken by Mr. Ranger?

plus guilt free is

the best way

To enjoy life fully

But practicality wasn't
Your thing , Don, though sometimes you'd
Listen to me

If you didn't think I was nagging you, that is , or mothering you, gawd

How many untold hours did we spend defending our opposite positions?

I loved that about you, we fought over the most stupidest
Shit really insignificant
Minutia , like nothing was too small to argue over, lol

The two little idiots are at it again usually after the booze was gone and laughing turned into vodka tears, the music played out and singing stopped, you calling me a hot chocolate mess and me vowing that this was it (for the thousandth time)

Until one day you said ,
"I hate fighting like this
You know, we only fight when its time to go home."

And you wanted to stay with me but I didn't say yes

We made vows till death do us part in our hearts

But you broke your sacred vow to me

Because you died but did not depart

You haunt each breath

I breathe and

hear your voice in

the chimes on the porch

I look up each time I hear a skateboard on the street,

It's okay . I know it isn't you
I know the sound of your wheels when it was

Bblazing down Belmont. Like the sound of ripping concrete! For reals.

Maybe

I will write a book like you wanted me to in a year maybe two
when

This bleeding has ebbed and the pain not so shocking.

I wrote this on your burial day, I'm not going to say goodbye to you so I didn't go to your memorial but I'm sure you are watching us with that twinkle in your eyes.
R Frost

Los Angeles, CA

#27 Feb 23, 2013
SherryLouise wrote:
Ode to Waldo
A Blue somewhere between ancient turquoise
And a helpless lavender
a color never seen before
Or again .
The cameras lens could not connect
Though some have tried
To capture the subtle tones and flashy
Lights that sparkled deep within your Curley Locks
Like the bottle rockets you brought over
that lit up
Over my street on the Fourth of July
Or soft waves lapping at the shore
When you were fishing down at the fishin hole
Remember
When I made you go get a fishin license so you wouldn't get your fishin gear taken by Mr. Ranger?
plus guilt free is
the best way
To enjoy life fully
But practicality wasn't
Your thing , Don, though sometimes you'd
Listen to me
If you didn't think I was nagging you, that is , or mothering you, gawd
How many untold hours did we spend defending our opposite positions?
I loved that about you, we fought over the most stupidest
Shit really insignificant
Minutia , like nothing was too small to argue over, lol
The two little idiots are at it again usually after the booze was gone and laughing turned into vodka tears, the music played out and singing stopped, you calling me a hot chocolate mess and me vowing that this was it (for the thousandth time)
Until one day you said ,
"I hate fighting like this
You know, we only fight when its time to go home."
And you wanted to stay with me but I didn't say yes
We made vows till death do us part in our hearts
But you broke your sacred vow to me
Because you died but did not depart
You haunt each breath
I breathe and
hear your voice in
the chimes on the porch
I look up each time I hear a skateboard on the street,
It's okay . I know it isn't you
I know the sound of your wheels when it was
Bblazing down Belmont. Like the sound of ripping concrete! For reals.
Maybe
I will write a book like you wanted me to in a year maybe two
when
This bleeding has ebbed and the pain not so shocking.
I wrote this on your burial day, I'm not going to say goodbye to you so I didn't go to your memorial but I'm sure you are watching us with that twinkle in your eyes.
Very nice, Sherry!
PutterX

San Bernardino, CA

#28 Feb 26, 2013
LBster wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
LBster either you don't ride skateboards or you never saw Shell Hill in the 70's when the Speed Run was held. I doubt you'd have the balls...
Car Owner

Los Angeles, CA

#29 Mar 2, 2013
Skateboards are okay for teenagers, but the rest of us made the big shift to cars once we got our driver's licenses. Somehow Don missed out on this important part of growing up and joining the adult world.
Red

Huntington Beach, CA

#30 Jun 27, 2013
Wow wrote:
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?
You said 'No one dies of natural causes at this man's age'.... Listen here, Doctor Moron.. do you know for sure that he didn't have a genetic heart defect or sudden Arianism? It's easy to judge a man and assume the negative for a life well lived but I'll tell you this much.. If the tables were turned and you, Dr. Moron, had died mysteriously.. Don Waldo Autry would not have had a negative suggestion or comment as to your demise.. his heart and mind was always in a better place.. you can't be taught to be the way he was.. you have to be born like this and one last thing, Dr. Moron, I'll say what Don was too nice to say.. You're an idiot...!..
Red

Huntington Beach, CA

#31 Jun 27, 2013
LBster wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
WOOPS sorry guy.. I replied on the wrong comment... solly Chalie
Red

Huntington Beach, CA

#32 Jun 27, 2013
The Mad Man wrote:
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.
You said 'No one dies of natural causes at this man's age'.... Listen here, Doctor Moron.. do you know for sure that he didn't have a genetic heart defect or sudden Arianism? It's easy to judge a man and assume the negative for a life well lived but I'll tell you this much.. If the tables were turned and you, Dr. Moron, had died mysteriously.. Don Waldo Autry would not have had a negative suggestion or comment as to your demise.. his heart and mind was always in a better place.. you can't be taught to be the way he was.. you have to be born like this and one last thing, Dr. Moron, I'll say what Don was too nice to say.. You're an idiot...!..
The Man Man

Riverside, CA

#33 Jun 27, 2013
Red wrote:
<quoted text>
You said 'No one dies of natural causes at this man's age'.... Listen here, Doctor Moron.. do you know for sure that he didn't have a genetic heart defect or sudden Arianism? It's easy to judge a man and assume the negative for a life well lived but I'll tell you this much.. If the tables were turned and you, Dr. Moron, had died mysteriously.. Don Waldo Autry would not have had a negative suggestion or comment as to your demise.. his heart and mind was always in a better place.. you can't be taught to be the way he was.. you have to be born like this and one last thing, Dr. Moron, I'll say what Don was too nice to say.. You're an idiot...!..
FIRST of all, know how to spell aneurism (if that is what you are trying to say)
Second: I am not judging Don. I am judging the way this article was printed. I don't know Don and cannot 'judge' a book by its cover and never will.
The term 'natural causes' does not define the character of the man. I have no reason to make that assumption, so lets get that clear.
I am referring to the way this article is written and the term 'natural causes' as a cause of death. If anyone did not want to release the cause of this mans death, they could have reported that this man died of 'unknown causes' which would eliminate any speculation.
The article was poorly written and I stand by my judgment call. This AGAIN is no reflection on the man.
Ronald

Long Beach, CA

#34 Jun 27, 2013
Anon wrote:
There werent any signs prohibiting skateboarding , with all due respect dumbazz, in the 1970 ' soooo, uhhhhhh, and the City Of Signal Hill actually sponsors it now and in fact , was at the premiere ..they came with refreshments YUM..
.Tho riding down a hill on a skateboard does not a criminal make..
Anon.

Yes. You are right. Because expensive taxpayer funded California schools are not required to teach common sense, kiddies are cheated out of a good part of a good education. The children should not need to depend upon signs directing every aspect of their behavior in public places.

I recall about 1975 when I had parked my automobile in Signal Hill at the foot of Stanley Avenue on the South side 20th Street.(this was before the city expended who knows how much hard earned taxpayer money constructing stairs that proceed South from 21st Street to discourage dangerous and annoying skateboarding on that block) At that time, unruly skateboarders drove their dangerous skateboards down the street, crashing into my automobile, denting the door.

Skateboarders - when they drive their skateboards on public and private land - are dangers to themselves and others. In Long Beach, revolutionary Council occupies its time and our hard earned taxpayer money imposing laws other than laws prohibiting destructive and disturbing skateboarding on taxpayer owned public property. In fact, on the few no-skateboarder areas that were designated prior to the revolution, the politicized Council controlled Long Beach cops do not even enforce no skateboarding ordinances even when the taxpayers get them to replace signs prohibiting that dangerous practice in those few areas.

Long Beach is home to one of the most radical of Government schools of the entire California university system. It is interesting to note that the wealthy taxpayer supported operators of this unbelievably expensive system protect their dainty ears by prohibiting skateboarders around themselves, as well as prohibiting dangerous bicycle driving on campus sidewalks.

***Incidentally, non-tobacco users begin dying of "natural causes" around age 40.

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Ronald
Eduardo from Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil

#35 Aug 12, 2013
Great Skateboarder!!!! One of the best from the 70`s!!!
gumby

Feeding Hills, MA

#36 Nov 7, 2013
"Waldo" was a awesome character and surf/skate guy

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