February 13, 2011

Wayne Hosaka 1948-2011

The Tag Project lost another friend. I first "met" Wayne through email: we communicated about The Tag Project, and he had told me that his father, Fred Tomio Hosaka, was incarcerated at Poston. Fred Hosaka compiled a family history up to World War II and published a book and photo collection. His book is entitled "Shortchanged in America".

Wayne and his friend, Kathleen Fabry came to one of the first Tag Project events in San Diego, which was held at the Buddhist Temple. I remember his infectious broad smile, and his enthusiasm for the project.

Wayne Hosaka was pro motorcycle racer until he was severely injured in a crash that left him a quadriplegic. Despite his injury he continued to be very involved in the motorcycle world, and after his accident, he also became a talented artist, taught girls how to play basketball, enjoyed gardening and played the harmonica.

In the early 1990s, Wayne became an early user of the World Wide Web and in 1995 created a website for the motorcycle flat track community called Flattrack.com. The website and forum he created quickly became a must-read for everyone interested and involved in flat track racing. In a recent interview, Hosaka said, "My original mission statement was to provide a place for flat track enthusiasts to share information on racing, equipment, schedules, etc.

In 2004 he became a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists and through the years produced many amazing paintings.

Wayne Hosaka overcame great adversity to become one who lived a full life.

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