Bloggers and e-mail happy snow heads are up in arms over a cartoonish kids book that suggests Jake Burton invented the snowboard. The book, Jake Burton Carpenter and the Snowboard by Michael O’Hearn, is a part of a series called Inventions and Discovery. Other titles in the series include: George Eastman and the Kodak Camera; Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin; Thomas Edison and the Lightbulb, et cetera.
While the book’s title implies a fictional account of snowboarding history, according to a review on amazon.com, “an afterword acknowledges that no one knows who invented the first snowboard.”
Check the cover art, decide for yourself, and weigh in at the nearest message board.