March 26, 2010 |
Dwayne Polee Jr., son of a high school basketball legend, admired the way his idol effortlessly vaulted into the air. He revered the grace and precision in his moves. He was awed by his hang time. The boy was still in grade school when his destiny seemed clear. He turned to his father and told him that he wanted to be just like ... skateboarding sensation Tony Hawk. Dwayne Sr. should have seen it coming. Little Dwayne had been taken to NBA All-Star games in part because his uncle, Larry Kenon, had spent seven seasons in the league.
December 25, 2008 |
At 40, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk is still living the adolescent dream -- pulling tricks on his board and making video games. Hawk is working on his 10th game, Adrenaline, due out next fall from Activision. The Tony Hawk video game series is one of the most popular franchises in the industry, having sold several million copies and generated more than $1 billion in sales since the line was introduced in 1999.
August 3, 2008 |
He's a video game star, radio show host, ringleader of a traveling show. There's roller coasters and phones bearing his name, a clothing line and watches at Kohl's, drapes and bed linens at Target. He runs a charitable organization and a film production company, has a corporate office in Southern California. He has appeared on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, posed for the cover of MAD Kids magazine, given big for Oprah, proven he's not smarter than a fifth-grader. He is Tony Hawk, master marketer, action sports mogul, iconic figure in the same league as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.
December 3, 2007 |
He may be a college dropout, but Bobby Kotick could never be accused of being a slacker. From his days at the University of Michigan, where he founded a software company in his dorm room, Kotick has had a knack for spotting promising trends and making risky bets that have paid off. Sunday's proposed sale of a controlling stake in Activision Inc., the video game company he runs, to the French water company Vivendi could be his biggest score yet.
October 18, 2007 |
Simple and elegant, instead of complex and convoluted, Skate shows us how all skateboarding games should be controlled. Watch out Tony Hawk, there's a new king of the kickflip. For as long as there have been game systems, there have been Tony Hawk skateboarding games. As they aged, each required more complicated button sequences to be followed to get your skater to pull off the requisite tricks.
February 1, 2007 |
Skateboard icon Tony Hawk has signed an exclusive deal with Kohl's Corp. to sell footwear under his brand through the mid-level retailer. Hawk will begin selling his shoes at Kohl's 800-some stores and its website this month, the company was set to announce today. The fashion and skate shoes will be targeted to young men and boys. Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Kohl's plans to price the Hawk line at about $40 a pair.