“This is Ron Funk, he is 33 years old and never held a permanent job. He is a connoisseur of wine, women, and song. Challenge is a familiar word”
Times may change but the prototypical ski bum has maintained a complete disregard for work and an obsession with getting pitted since just after WWII. Meet the 1969 version of the ski bum, Ron Funk.
Thankfully the ski bum extinction predicted in the film never actually happened and their numbers are confirmed growing according to the last census. If you know an old timer that was ski bum of this vintage, make sure to forward this along.
Here’s how IMBD describes the film:
“A film about three ski-bums (Run Funk, Mike Zuetell and Ed Ricks) that are followed by another ski bum (Dick Barrymore),with a 16mm Bolex camera, who filmed a four-month part of their nomadic and vanishing-breed way of life across four continents. These are four people doing every day what others work fifty weeks of the year to buy for two weeks. They were also becoming a vanishing breed who were becoming unwelcome from Aspen to Val d’Isere.”
The bums looked classy back in the day: