I attended the event together with a friend. But before I go into further details, let me share this photo my sister took last year.
Can you spot where I am in the picture?
We saw this 2d JanSport ad in a local shopping mall and luckily, I was using my Jansport bag! We had a little fun and took a shot. Thanks to this ad, I feel tall!
I only knew about Skip Yowell when I found out about the event thru the R.O.X. Facebook Page. But when they mentioned he was the co-founder of JanSport, I didn't pass the chance to meet him.
Skip Yowell and his cousin Murray Pletz decided to create an outdoor bag with the help of Pletz's wife, Jan. The cousins promised Jan that if the product becomes successful, they would name it after her. And it did! Hence, the name JanSport! He helped build the name of JanSport by sponsoring outdoor recreations like mountain climbing. A few decades after establishing JanSport, Skip Yowell wrote a book entitled The Hippie Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder & Other Mountains. The book talks about his adventures, motivations, and inspirations.
Skip Yowell during his presentation at R.O.X. Philippines last November 5, 2010.
After his presentation, Skip more than willingly signed our JanSport bags. I also got lucky and won via raffle a limited edition of Skip Yowell's bobble head! I had my bag and my prize autographed.
On the left is my JanSport tote bag with Skip's signature. On the right is the bobble head I won during the raffle. I had it signed too. And yes, those are my Elvis nails!
Here's a closer look on Skip Yowell's bobble head:
Isn't this adorable? Thanks to R.O.X. Philippines for having the raffle. They gave out 2 of this limited edition bobble head of Skip Yowell. It now sits on top of my personal nail station.