Scott Starr's MudSlide Fund
About 5 years ago Scott was walking through his living room and he heard a loud pop and whooshing in his right ear. It sounded like a jet engine and his eyes were spinning in a circle. He then dropped to the floor and literally had to stay there for 8 hours not knowing when it would end or what was going on. He could not move a single muscle. So after a few days of what he learned are called “drop attacks” like this that just came out of the blue, he managed to get a ride to the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles and halfway through explaining his symptoms, the doctor told him he had Meniere’s Disease. The doctor told him he would lose hearing in both ears eventually. He needed to cut out alcohol, caffiene, salt and sweets, and all the stuff he loved. The “drop attacks” happened about everyday to every other day for 1 to 1.5 years.
He expressed many times his symptoms to be total lack of thinking, concentrating, could not add 2+2, nauseous 24/7 for 1.5 years, noise in ears, and pressure in his eardrum. At times, hearing the slightest noise would drop him to his knees that were so debilitating he thought his ear drum would shatter. Everything was happening in his head. His head was spinning, his eyeballs would spin clockwise and he would be stuck in bed for an entire day praying not to wake up. But for some reason God said no and he woke every time – Thank God!
When he would have a good day and could focus, he dove into the Internet and learned everything he could about Meniere’s Disease and discovered that his is due to the fact that his neck bones are out of whack. He then went to a chiropractor and this chiropractor said let me get your neck straightened out and if your symptoms still persist you can look for alternative remedies. As it turns out Scott had to see him every day as it was his only hope of getting better. He went everyday for 1.5 years to the chiropractor. He then started to have a day that he could actually focus, then it went to 2 days, 3 days, then it was 7 days and when he got to 7 months of no issues he began trying to get his health back and building his system back up, he was elated. So during all this time Scott was confined to the 4 walls of his home and could not leave because he never knew when he would have a “drop attack”. He lost friends, he lost contacts, he lost income, he lost his quality of life, he lost relationships and no one understood what he was going through as he didn’t even have the energy or thought process to even be able to explain what was going on.
This traumatic life altering event started when our economy plummeted and Scott was totally unable to generate an income. Scott started his video transfer business, sold his childhood coin collection, sold anything and everything he could on eBay, went on Craig’s List for free stuff to turn around and sell, anything to make money to live and pay bills, and his daily chiropractor bill. If you knew Scott you would know that he had never been in debt his entire life and had never asked for financial help from anyone. We were raised to be independent and self-sufficient.
Scott is now in debt way over his head and cannot seem to dig his way out. He has expressed to me daily the struggles he is having and yet he is still trying to track down and save films as well as share his old photos on Facebook. Scott desperately needs help to get him out of debt, pay living expenses, pay medical bills, get a new camera body, and get a new computer to help generate an income. He is also sitting on a pile of films that he has acquired in the last 5 years that will cost about $10,000 to transfer. He can’t even leave the house for more than 2 days at the risk of having a “drop attack”, and has to go to the chiropractor every other day continuously.
Any donation you can give to help Scott would be greatly and humbly appreciated as Scott would never come to you and ask for any kind of financial help. So please help Scott get back get out of debt, back on his feet so he can continue to save all the lost films, as nobody knows film and history of extreme sports like Scott.
For the last 15 years Scott was researching the board sports trying to preserve the history. He saw a need of history that needed to be filled and tried to save these films before they got lost in the world. For the past 15 years he was actively tracking them down, spending his own money, transferring these films, uploading them to YouTube, and sometimes finding the only known copy of skateboarding films, such as The Patti McGee Bell Telephone TV Commercial from 1965 to helping Jamie Budge put his two 1960’s surfing films to DVD for the first time to being the historian for Chuck Barfoot, one of the pioneers of snowboarding, as well as being one of his best friends and taken it upon himself to continuously save and archive Chuck Barfoot’s history.
Did you know that Scott and his partner Tom Cole are the 1988 World Amateur Freestyle Frisbee Champions and Scott is the main photographer of the Palm Park Frisbee experience? Scott has probably shot more Frisbee photos than anyone ever in the Frisbee world. When Scott was one of the main photographers for Thrasher Magazine in the late 1980’s one of his photos won a Maggie Award for the magazine and then was used for the cover of Michael Brooke's book, The Concrete Wave The History of Skateboarding and since then this photo had been published over and over and now one of the most published skateboard photos ever.
So let’s get Scott back up and running so he can continue to preserve the history of the boards that no one else knows.