Larry Moe standing near truck
L.Mo by Mac’s Ol’ Trusty Truck

Tinker: L.Mo has been ‘fixing’ thing since he was a young boy. He and his friends put wheels on anything, and raced down the ramps at Foster A. Begg Intermediate School in Manhattan Beach, CA. In the summer of 1954 during one race of orange-crate/clamp-on-skate scooters, there was a collision midway down the center ramp. The crate was knocked off L.Mo’s scooter and half a skate knocked off Dutch’s scooter. They argued over who was at fault. L.Mo’s base began rolling down the hill; so he jumped on and rode it to the the bottom of the ramp. They then argued whether he finished the race because his crate didn’t. But L.Mo’s buddies were excited. These preteen wannabe surfers wanted one of his steelwheeled rides! This downhill race of homemade scooters sparked the explosion of skateboarding in the South Bay from El Porto to The Esplanade, then Southern California, then the world.

L.Mo had RE-invented the skateboard and skateboarding. There is a skateboard patent in 1915 (1,150,773), and probably some earlier. The first skateboard probably was made in the 19th Century by a boy in New York City, Boston or Providence where the inventor of the quadskate had skate rinks in 1863 and later. Dutch C., the boy racing L.Mo, later manufactured Bun Board Skateboards (using trucks and decks). Skateboards and quadskates are unique wheeled vehicles in that they have a significantly tilted steering axis. All other wheeled vehicles, including bicycles and in-line skates, have a steering axis that is vertical or close to it.

Tailor: L.Mo’s mother taught him and his brothers to cook and sew “so my boys won’t marry some floosy ’cause they have a hole in their belly or their britches.” L.Mo has sewn everything from boat covers to doll clothes, including 2 bridal gowns. His favorite was making 3-piece summer outfits for his young daughters from the jeans they wore out during the school year. Each girl would choose a ribbon. Then he’d trim cutoff jeans, then use one leg to sew a halter top with matching ribbon tie, and the other leg, a beach bag with matching ribbon tie and trim.

Engineer: L.Mo is a professional civil engineer in Florida and other states. Half his career has been in water: storm drains, water supply and sanitation. This work has taken him from Vermont to California, from Belize to Barbados, and many places between. The other half has been in air: airport design. He was the lead design engineer for the horizontal and vertical geometrics and pavement section for the present highspeed layout of the south airfield at LAX, and was the engineering project manager for the design of the northmost runway and taxiways at IAH.

Sailor: L.Mo ‘sees’ the wind which made him a choice foredeck crew chief, the one who makes the boat go by directing which sails are raised and how they are set. While he never raced his own boats, he helped others set records. Herman, a past commodore of the San Pedro (CA) YC, in 16 years, had never crossed from Bird Rock (Catalina) to Angel Light (LA Harbor) in less than 3:12. With L.Mo as foredeck crew they crossed in 2:51, achieving the commodores’ dream of a less than 3 hour crossing. L.Mo has been in the Newport-Ensenada Yacht Race 6 times. In one race Captain Bill A’s boat was one of five identical boats in the race. With L.Mo as crew chief, he finished 5 hours ahead of the next identical boat. For Mac, past commodore of the Win’ard YC, with L.Mo as crew chief in the Del Rey-Southwestern Race, Mac’s 27-foot sailboat finished with the ‘faster’ 40-footers. L.Mo holds a patent (6,250,242) for modifications to standing rigging that make sailboats faster with the same sails.

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