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Celebrity auction for 'American Way' group

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- People for the American Way announced in New York Friday it is extending its online celebrity auction for one week. The auction began on Nov. 30, offering items from such celebrities as rapper 50 Cent, singer James Taylor and skateboard legend Tony Hawk.

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HOLLYWOOD UNIONS CLOSER TO NEW DEAL
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Cathy's World: Simpsons-style families

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- "The Simpsons" reached its 300th-episode milestone Sunday, and Fox just renewed it for two more seasons, making the misadventures of the outlandish cartoon fami
CATHERINE SEIPP

Watercooler Stories

NICOTINE-LACED POP RULED ILLEGAL
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

Ozzy Osbourne and family now have a six-figure deal for a book on top of a reported $20 million deal for two more seasons of the surprise hit "The Osbournes" on MTV. Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that it will publish two books about the Osbournes
By United Press International

Hollywood Digest

'SPIDER-MAN' SUCCESS PUTS PRESSURE ON STUDIOS
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

TLC WILL FINISH FOURTH ALBUM
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

CREED Creed frontman Scott Stapp said the police report on his car accident two weeks ago noted no injuries because at first he thought he was OK and refused treatment.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

CREED Creed has canceled the second North American leg of its Weathered Tour after frontman Scott Stapp was in a car accident.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Hollywood Digest

Robert Urich wanted to live; Sandra Bullock challenges post-Columbine dread; Mark Addy has signed on to play legendary comic actor Jackie Gleason; surviving members of Kurt Cobain's band, Nirvana, are demanding that Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, submit t
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Rootless Comsopolitan: new box on block

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- After much anticipation, Microsoft's Xbox has finally arrived. At first site, the heavily hyped interactive entertainment unit is a bit of a disappointment, lea
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Rootless Cosmopolitan: Latest Grooves

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Cool Console Diversions
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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)
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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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