Skateboarding Professor

Skateboarding Professor

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Skateboarding Professor, sometimes seen as Skating Professor, is an advice animal-style image macro series that uses a photo of University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Tom Winter riding his skateboard between classes. Typical captions relate to skating culture or characterize the professor as having a hip persona.


Redditor Tr0llzor[1] posted a photo to the pics subreddit[2] on April 4th, 2012 of Doctor Thomas Winter, a professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln who became notorious for getting around the campus with a skateboard. The post hit the front page with 31,534 upvotes and 2521 points overall.

Later that day, an image macro featuring the photo titled “Hip Professor Harold”[3] was posted to the Advice Animals subreddit, but only received 6 points. On April 5th, another image macro of the professor was posted[4] with a caption referencing a skateboarding trick known as a manual.[5] This post received 6674 upvotes and 1319 points overall.

Thomas Winter

Doctor Thomas Winter, who is currently a classics and religious studies professor, has been teaching since 1970.[7] He has been skateboarding around the campus since 1993, when he made the conscious effort to lead a more active life.[6] In 2008, Winter was profiled by the Daily Nebraskan[6] in which he called himself a “role model” for students who see him skating at age of 62. On Rate My Professors[8], Winter has an overall score of 3.3 out of 5.


On April 6th, a series of the image macros was posted to Skateboarding Magazine[14] and the Pleated Jeans[13] Tumblr, where it received over 14,000 notes in three days. The next day, Dr. Winter was featured on Yahoo! News[11] and Mashable.[12] On April 8th, Skateboarding Professor appeared on FunnyJunk[10] and Digital Journal.[15]

As of April 9th, 2012, the Quickmeme[9] page has over 500 instances.

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So… This is pretty crazy. This picture was taken at my University. Literally 300 feet from where I am typing this now. Actually, there is Internet access across the entire campus. I could go to the exact spot and upload this comment. But I won’t because lazy.


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