and Cairns Buy Bluetorch?
Can someone please explain this to us: apparently the winners
of the Bluetorch auction were Marvin Winkler and
Ian Cairns. Sources say the duo bought the company for
very little. Weren't they the guys who started Gotcha.com
(Bluetorch's first incarnation) in the first place? Is this just
a clever way to get out from under massive debt.
According to Sacklunch sources Bluetorch was auctioned
off on October 23, 2001 at a legal firm in LA. A $25,000 cashiers
check was your ticket in and a minumum bid for complete company:
$1,000,000. The rest was offered piece meal.
Jonze Working For the Fed
Where does the US Army go when it wants to explore possible
terrorist plots? It goes were we all go when we're feeling down:
The movies. Govermnet ops have been secretly soliciting terrorist
scenarios from top Hollywood filmmakers and writers. Including
Girl Skateboards' Spike Jonze.
Lag At Sacklunch
Okay, a lot has gone on lately that has nothing to do with skateboaridng,
snowboarding, and surfing. Few writers have had the luxury to
write about us lately. So we've been slacking. No apologies.
Newest Message From Bluetorch
It appears that Bluetorch has been calling former employees
(many of whom they still owe money) asking them if they'd like
to purchase the old computers that they worked on. Irony? Yes.
Ben Marcus Still On The Road
Unfortunately, the world's greatest surf writer has encountered
some kind of virus that makes his missives unreadable by the faithful.
Hopefully, he will figure it out. In the meantime, here is the
latest from the one and only Ben Marcus.
Girls In Maxim
Cobb isn't the only girl to peel down to her nearly nothings.
In the October 2001 issue of Maxim magazine Tara
Dakides (left), Victoria
Jones, and Lana
Papke join Amy in serving up a double dose of "damn,
girl your rig is tight." Don't miss it.
Fires Remaining Workers
It was another Black Monday for Bluetorch workers on Monday September
24, 2001 as nearly everyone was asked to pack up their stuff and
leave. Anyone know someone who wants to buy a couple Avid edit
bays, some Macs, and a handful of three chip video cameras?
Sentanced to Six Years
Former pro skater Christian Hosoi was sentanced to five
years and 10 months last week for carrying nearly 1.5 pounds of
crystal into Hawaii in January 2000.
Does Bluetorch Owe You Money?
If they do, you're probably not alone. According to a company
memo reportedly sent out last Friday, expense checks and checks
to independent contractors will not be honored. Ouch. UPDATE:
Looks like the Torch is now up on the auction block. Know anyone
who wants an afternoon action sports TV show? UPDATE
2: On Wednesday September 19 editors at the compnay were told
to "go home because we can't pay you." If you have info,
please click here.
Owner Charged With Rape
Bartlett Snowboard Shop owner Theodore Foley, 37,
of Madison, New Hampshire is being held without bail on rape and
kidnapping charges. Not good.
Challenge Rolls Aspen
The Aspen Times sports writer Tim Mutrie may use
a hokey lead, but at least he gets the facts down in pretty good
order from the concrete skatepark contest.
Post story on the contest.
Get To Take A&F To Court
When George Downing, Paul Strauch, Rick Steele,
Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana, Ben Aipa, Mike Doyle
and Joey Cabell first tried to sue Abercrombie & Fitch
for using their images in a catalog it was thrown out, now an
appeal court says, "Go to trial."
With Ike: DVD Recovery?
In the latest updates Ben Marcus has reason to believe
his DVD's are on their way back, then he runs into trouble with
the Nautilus Food Company, specifically a guy named Big
Mike. And finally, the Attack on America.
No Longer a Minnow
In the next five year Wahoo's plans to open 40 new Wahoo's
Fish Taco restaurants. Last year they made a nine percent
profit on sales of $12.1 million dollars. Maybe that's what Wing
was talking about the last time he called and said he had something
"special" to share with us. And we thought it was Amway.
Ostler Snowboard Auction
Last December pro snowboarder Tim Ostler broke his neck
while riding, he's presently wheelchair bound. To help fund his
rehab, some of his friends are offering up their signed 2002 pro
models snowboards for auction. If you're paying for a snowboard
this year, make it one of these.
On Tuesday September 4, Melbourne-based Globe International
reported a $9.87 million net profit for the year to June on revenue
of $154.08 million. Damn, that's a lot of skate shoes for Peter
and Stephen Hill.
Enjoying Its Dog Days
Joe Donnelly, former Stick Magazine editor and man
about action sports, pens a great Dogtown overview last
week's LA Weekly. Take it from someone who still has a
DogTown cross on the wall of his childhood room.
Surfer Poll Awards On Surfermag.com
This may be a first: Surfer Magazine gets its own award show up
on its own site before it's old news. Of course, the results are
old news. It was another runner up season for Rob Machado,
but that didn't keep the surf industry's finest from enjoying
the festivities at Anaheim's Sun Theatre.
to Executive Produce New Film
According to the Hollywood Reporter, T-Hawk will
executive produce a film with Revolution Films Mark
Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Ed Decter and John Strauss.
Tony will play himself.
Another writer tries to get to the bottom of who exactly Tony
Hawk is and how he can continue to amaze the masses.
Bored To Death In Alaska
Ben Marcus is obsessing on his latest idea, the Red
Bull/Inserts your surf company name here Midsummer longest
day boardercrossover bore riding contest. He's done gutting fish
and he's ready for a new adventure. He's also upset about all
kinds of things. Here is the latest:
Hat is Only Clue
Colorado Police continue to search for a suspect in six sex assaults
on Colorado State University coed in Fort Collins, CO since
May. But all they have to go on is a DNA sample and a Black Quiksilver
brand ball cap.
Drowned at Ocean Beach
A surfer was found drowned at Ocean Beach was identified
as John Fisher, 43, of Foster City, according to San Francisco's
Quote Of the Week
"The hype about shark attacks could hurt tourism if the beach
community doesn't create its own publicity about the rarity of
such attacks." --Buz Plyler, president of the Gay
Dolphin Gift Cove. Beach visitors are probably more terrified
of Plyler's shop.
Alan Green Stayed True
It's another story about how staying true to your roots can really
pay off. Maybe someday, if we continue to sit on our asses in
front of this computer screen, our company will be worth a billion
No, It's the Dirt Scooter
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the woods Rob
Fruechtenicht's "Diggler" gets more press. Fruechtenicht calls
it a cross between a snowboard and a mountain bike, but
really it's just a big scooter for dorky adults.
Governor Creates Shark Force
Gov. Jim Gilmore on Wednesday did what all politicians
do when faced with an emergency. He formed a task force of public
officials and marine biology experts to assess the safety of coastal
waters after two Virginians died in separate shark attacks over
Labor Day weekend.
Season is "Just Average"
Business people in Miami are reminding beach-goers of the following
statistics: More people die every year from bee, wasp and snake
bites than shark bites. Of course they do: Ninety-five percent
of the people in the US never even go to the beach.
A shark bit a sailor Sunday as he was swimming near Mayport Naval
Station. Apparently there's weren't any Gay Dophins to save him.
Fought To Save Son
David Peltier's father punched the shark's mouth, poked
its eye, finally wrestled the 10-year-old's leg from its jaws,
but it was too late. Little David became the first person in Virginia
history to die in a shark attack. And they say this isn't getting
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Birthday to Ben
Growing On Loners
Glacier Beginning To Melt
Previous Bags o' Crapola:
-September 6, 2001
-August 20, 2001
-July 31, 2001
-July 5, 2001
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com