Dr. Frank Howard (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1987
Born: July 12,1910 San Francisco, Calif.
Died: September 29,1988 San Rafael, CA
In 1929, Howard bought a pair of skis back with him from trip to Norway. He then joined the Auburn Ski Club. Graduating from dental school in 1935, it was then that he acquired a movie camera. It was on the ski club’s new slopes that he began shooting ski films. The popularity of the films with the club members led to the development of a lecture career. He toured nationally as a ski movie lecturer throughout the U.S. and Canada during the late 1930s and early ‘40s. Later, he produced color and sound films which were rented out to ski clubs after WWII.
He was the first ski movie producer in the West. He joined John Jay and Becker Films to make the official movie of the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. He arranged for Warren Miller’s first public show in Berkley, California, and assisted John Jay make arrangements for many of his first west coast shows. Howard never did make any money from his films as was his intentions. He was a dentist by profession, and a ski filmmaker for the love of the sport.