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Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Andy Kessler RIP

Andy Kessler Passes

East Coast skate legend Andy Kessler passed away yesterday. His early contributions to the NYC scene had a lasting impact on skateboarding. He will be missed, but his spirit lives on in street skaters everywhere. Learn more about the man in Deathbowl to Dowtown, Grandmaster of 108, and this 2005 New York Magazine piece. Epicly Later'd also has a photographic remembrance of Andy.

UPDATE 1: Derek's post about Andy Kessler on Skate Daily sums up the feelings of many of us today. Rip in peace, Andy.

UPDATE 2: Good Evening Tokyo has their tribute to Kessler here.


Skateboarding pioneer Andy Kessler dies in Montauk

Andy Kessler, right, and pro

Photo credit: Getty Images | Andy Kessler, right, and pro skateboarder Tony Alva attend the opening of the "Lords Of Dogtown" Art Collection at The Lounge Soho. (June 2, 2005)

When Andy Kessler started skateboarding with friends in the 1970s, there was no legitimate place in New York City to ride their boards.

They risked police ire by skating in Central Park and propped up wooden planks to turn apartment complexes into makeshift skate parks.

Kessler, who died Monday after suffering a heart attack following an allergic reaction to a wasp sting in Montauk, became a kind of Pied Piper for the sport he loved - building skate parks in the city and onLong Island while mentoring young skaters.

"He was kind of known as the godfather of skateboarding in New York City," said his friend, Moose Huerta, 30, of Brooklyn.

Kessler, 48, of Manhattan, was stung Monday as he worked on the deck of the cottage where he was staying, Huerta said. He died en route to Southampton Hospital, Huerta said.

Surfers plan to paddle off Ditch Plains in Montauk Friday night in tribute, friends said Thursday.

Kessler, who was born in Greece, was adopted by a New York City couple and raised on the Upper West Side. He was part of an underground community of graffiti artists and skateboarders who skated in playgrounds and empty pools.

"He's the elder statesman," said Tony Farmer, 40, of Brooklyn. "He's the cat that was there the longest, and he was there at the beginning and he always stayed true."

In a video on YouTube, Kessler said he dropped out of college because skateboarding was all he wanted to do. "We always need to step outside of our own limitations," he said. "You see somebody else and what they're able to do, and it'll help you to push it one step further."

While some skateboarders dropped out of the scene, Kessler continued skating between cars on busy New York streets, said Jaime Owens, editor of Skateboarder magazine in San Clemente, Calif.

"He still was a vital part of New York skateboarding," Owens said.

After beating drug addiction in the 1980s, Kessler created parks in the city and suburbs, including one in Montauk. Now they're ubiquitous, Farmer said. "He knew what the possibilities were," Farmer said. "He was just passing it on to the next generation."

Kessler used blunt language to steer acquaintances away from drugs, friends said. He was estranged from his family and usually celebrated holidays with friends. But he was generous and once madeThanksgiving dinner for homeless people, Farmer said.

"He did a lot and didn't really ask for much in return," Huerta said.

Friends are planning a funeral Sunday at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, N.J., Huerta said.

p.s. The deck I have in my large pic on the bottom of my blog is an ALVA.

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