The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 12, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 12, 2012.
By United Press International

'Elder Scrolls' tops Spike Video Game Awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" was named Game of the Year at the Spike TV Video Game Awards in Los Angeles, the network announced.
Tony Hawk divorcing wife No. 3

Tony Hawk divorcing wife No. 3

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk is divorcing his third wife, lingerie store owner Lhotse Merriam, court records filed in California's North San Diego County show.
Tony Hawk's wife gives birth to baby girl

Tony Hawk's wife gives birth to baby girl

LA JOLLA, Calif., July 1 (UPI) -- The wife of professional skateboarder Tony Hawk has given birth to the couple's first child, a daughter, in La Jolla, Calif., Hawk's representative said.
Harris, Ray to appear on 'Password' debut

Harris, Ray to appear on 'Password' debut

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) -- Neil Patrick Harris and Rachael Ray will be the first celebrity contestants to play "Million Dollar Password" when the U.S. game show debuts, CBS said.

Celebrities joining Winfrey's new series

CHICAGO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Celebrities from the world of cinema and sports alike are set to take part in the upcoming new U.S. reality TV series from Oprah Winfrey.

Jackson to host Video Game Awards

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Hollywood movie star Samuel L. Jackson has been tapped to preside over Spike TV's "Video Game Awards" for the third consecutive year.

Agassi commits 'lip fault' in fundraiser

LA MARQUE, Texas, April 16 (UPI) -- Andre Agassi proved during a fundraising event in Texas that even the pros have amateur moments when his racket accidentally clipped his wife's lip. Wife Steffi Graf -- no slouch on the court, either -- needed three stitches to close the wound made when A

Bam Margera weds childhood friend

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- MTV personality Bam Margera, who rose to fame on "Jackass" and "Viva La Bam," has married childhood friend Missy Rothstein in Philadelphia.

Hawk touts new TV show, video game

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. skateboarder Tony Hawk has a new television show and video game coming out.

Eminem aids cancer group with signed caps

DETROIT, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Detroit rapper Eminem lent his support to the non-profit organization Caps for Kids, donating signed baseball caps tabbed for child cancer victims.

Hawk skates into Six Flags

CHICAGO, June 27 (UPI) -- Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk has brought his new extreme sports tour to Illinois' Six Flags Great America amusement park.

Tony Hawk marries for a third time

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Pro Skateboarder Tony Hawk has married his lingerie store owner girlfriend, Lhotse Merriam, it was reported Thursday.

Tony Hawk gave up violin for skateboarding

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk reportedly gave up a budding career as a violinist to pursue his freewheeling boarding passion.
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Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk poses for pictures after introducing Hasbro's Videonow Color portable video player at Toys "R" Us in New York on July 15, 2004. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Anthony Frank Hawk (born May 12, 1968), better known as Tony Hawk, is an American professional skateboarder. Hawk gained significant fame for completing the first 900 as well as his licensed video game titles distributed by Activision. He is widely considered one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding.

Raised in San Diego, California, Hawk was described as being "hyperactive" as a child. His parents supported his skateboarding because it served as an outlet for his excessive energy, and as Hawk's skills developed, he became a professional skateboarder at age fourteen. In 1999, he became the first skater to land a 900 in competition. In 2002, he created the Boom Boom Huck Jam, an extreme sports competition in Las Vegas. Throughout his career, Hawk has made numerous appearances in films and other media, as well as his own series of video games. He has also been involved in various philanthropic activities, including collaborations with other athletes in the charity Athletes For Hope.

Hawk was born in San Diego, California, to a retired U.S. Navy officer, Frank Hawk, and his wife Nancy, a part-time business teacher. Hawk began skateboarding at age eight after his older brother Steve bought him a used skateboard and his father constructed a ramp in their backyard. When Hawk was young, he was described as being "hyperactive," and his mother says that he was "so hard on himself and expected himself to do so many things." One time, Tony struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be "physically coaxed out" by his father. His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school. The results were that Tony was "gifted," and school advisors recommended placing him in advanced classes.

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