Paul died this week at age 90. A high school drop-out, he started the shoe company in 1966 with his brother and some friends. Despite initial hardship, they hung in there and eventually prospered. The company now sells $2 billion dollars of shoes each year. Vans initially caught on with surfers and skateboarders; later they catapulted into the sky when Sean Penn wore them for his character, Spicoli, in the 1982 film, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
Paul published his memoir two weeks ago ("Authentic"). I haven't read it yet but plan to. Rest in peace, bro.