February 18, 2010 (CHICAGO) --
With the Olympics going on, you hear a lot about snowboarding. But what you might not know is that the snowboard was invented in Oak Park. The 12-pound oak device was first called a bunker by the three men who first came up with the idea. They were Swedish immigrant brothers Gunnar and Harvey Burgeson and a relative of theirs, Vern Wicklund.
Gunnar's son, Don, says the men got the patent in 1939. And he jumped on some of the earliest versions long before they had a name.
"We'd hop fences and farmers fields through trees and so forth and my parents also before I was even driving," said Don Burgeson.
Burgeson, 67, says he's never been on a modern snowboard.