A couple of months ago, a video of a young kid skateboarding quietly bled through some of the skateboarding forums. Most skateboarding videos on YouTube are home videos of teenagers failing hard at poppin’ driveway ollies. Then, you watch Bart Saric’s video “Born In.”
Saric has been filming his son, Odin, since birth. And month by month, year by year, you watch Odin go from strangely-coordinated lump-of-baby to (technically speaking) pro. Or, in short, this kid is gnarly.
We reached out to Bart Saric because we had to know more about he and Odin. Turns out Bart’s pretty gnarly too.
First things first – “Born In” after the jump!
Patrick John Hughes introduced his boy to the piano at the age of nine months. His son, Patrick Henry Hughes, was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes and unable to fully straighten his arms and legs, preventing the ability to walk. But he was blessed with exceptional musical talent.
Now, at age 24, he is a nationally known pianist, singer, and trumpeter and subject of I Am Potential. He served as a member of his college marching band, playing the trumpet while his devoted father pushed him around in his wheelchair. The Hughes family was even featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition back in 2008. With determined optimism and courage, Hughes has made the phrase “I am potential” his mantra and defied the impossible at every turn.
Maybe you remember this, but we covered a Fathers.com Super Bowl contest dangerously close to the submission/nomination deadline. You do remember? Awesome!
So, the contest came and went, as …
In just one week, over 1 million people have watched Adam Ladd’s daughter Faith identify brand logos, and the internet universally said “awwwww.” We decided to drop Ladd a line and ask him a few questions about his daughter, his Ohio-based graphic design business, and of course, fatherhood.
First things first, check the video after the jump.
If you haven’t heard of The Mini Band, then you’re welcome. They’re 5 lads, 8-11 years old, and they’re more talented than 90% of the bands out there today. The best part is they’re not annoying hipsters with attitudes who believe they invented the mustache. Sh*t, they can’t even grow mustaches. They’re just innocent little kids who have a talent to share and have a good time practicing and performing.
As I swiped my way through news on the Flipboard iPhone app a couple nights ago, I kept seeing headlines for the “best dad ever” covering Depeche Mode songs with his kids. I watched the videos and had to talk to Dicken Schrader, the dad behind them.
Columbian-born Dicken Schrader, who won three golden internets for these videos, was nice enough to talk to us about his now-immortal father-son-daughter Depeche Mode covers. If you haven’t seen them yet because you’ve been camping in the Grand Canyon for the weekend, you can check them out along with our interview, after the hopperooski.
The story I’ve put together, from the multiple found sauces: Sam Morrison bet his 53 year old dad Mitch that he couldn’t backflip. Sam mouthed-off, and Mitch bet his son that he couldn’t backflip every day of 2011. Sam won.