One In A Million... a million people live, work and play in upstate New York's Catskills region. These are their life stories... in their own words.
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Mickey MacAvee: Snowboard King
Mickey MacAvee Transcript:
When you come to Roxbury, New York, you’ll probably find 19-year-old Mickey MacAvee on a skateboard or a snowboard. He is a student at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and hopes to become a snowboard entrepreneur one day.
Here is his story in his own words:
I grew up right in Roxbury, the town of Roxbury, New York, upstate, real small town. It was all right, I suppose. Not really much to do for kids when they’re growing up. It’s mostly just, you know, neighborhood pickup games of soccer and manhunt and tick ball, stuff like that, real just laidback place for the most part.
Q – Where’d you go to high school?
I went to Roxbury Central School.
Q – How many kids were in your class when you graduated?
My graduating class was 32 people, and that was pretty much the standard number, the average, between kindergarten and graduation.
Q – Are you sort of a hippie, or what about your dress and all that?
Well, I don’t know. That’s just my style. I really can’t define it as anything in particular just because I’m into a little bit of everything, you know. I do what I can just to keep myself entertained and have some fun.
Q – With the long hair and all that, how did that come about?
Well, I used to be really into skateboarding when I was growing up. I always had a lot of fun doing that, and it’s like the ’90s mullet is kind of what originally influenced it. I had that in fourth grade, fifth grade. Then I went and cut it. Then my parents couldn’t tell me and my little brother apart, so I was like, I’m growing this back out. That and it was just kind of, I don’t know, I liked it. It’s a little touch of something else.
Q – Well, how was the reception at Roxbury Central School?
Oh, about the hair?
Q – Yeah.
It was nothing really interesting. It’s just kind of how everybody knew me.
Q – I mean, I was surprised that you’re going to business school. In other words, I would think you would be, given your look and all that, an artist or something like that. How did you sort of get into the business thing?
Well, I really wanted to do something with snowboards for my whole life. When I broke my wrist I was like, alright well, that’s not going happen. I figured it wasn’t going to happen before that, but that was kind of like the deciding factor. Alright well, what can I do now? So I’m like, I can design snowboards and I can sell them, market them. So I’m going to school now for marketing.
Q – So, what do you ultimately want to do?
I want to start my own line of snowboards, start my own company up.
Q – What do you want to be doing like 10 years from now? What are you going to be, 29, 10 years from now?
I want to be the head of Necromancy Snowboards and, you know, maybe putting together 10,000 a day and selling them, making some profit.
Q – What’s the name of the company?
I want to name it Necromancy Snowboards.
Q – Necromancy Snowboards?
Q – What does that mean?
You know, I’m not sure on the exact definition. I just thought it sounded cool, honestly.
Q – What’s the kick with the snowboarding and skateboarding? I mean, what makes you like doing it?
It’s my favorite thing to do, and it’s what I want to do with my life. People say, well, you’ve got to find a job that you like. Otherwise it’s like work, and then your life’s just going to be miserable, right? I’m like, well, if I can do something. I mean, if I can get up on the mountain, because I’ve always been into like the technical side of it too because there’s so much like just in the base layer of a snowboard just building it. I mean, it’s more than just a piece of wood that you’re going down the mountainside on. There are a lot of different technical specifications. That’s always really interested me. So I figured if I can do something along those lines, then go out and test my own boards, then it’s work, but it’s play too.