BO HUFF was one of the longest-running kustomizers still working at the time of this Interview. He'd been at it for almost 5 Decades and wasn't set to quit anytime soon. But, in the Fall of 2010 Bo was seriously sidelined with a diagnosis of Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma...one of the most intense forms of cancer that there is.
Through medicine, treatments, bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and lots & lots of prayers and positive thoughts sent his way by millions all-over the World, he'd fought back against this life-threatening disease with every once of energy he could muster up.
Bo spent many, many hours & days at the HUNTSMAN CANCER INSTITUTE (shown above), in Salt Lake City, Utah, since the Fall of 2010.
HE LOOKED LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON IN 2011 than he did during that terrible ordeal of 2010. He'd gained back most of his weight, and his hair - and that famous beard - were present once again, and his spirits were positive & on-target. He was even back to putting together some of those fantastic kustoms he's so famous for !
Bo and I talked frequently by phone, keeping tabs on what was going on almost monthly. So when we met up in Salina face-to-face that year for the first time since his ordeal, I wanted to record his thoughts & feelings on what he was going through at that time so we could share them with all of those great Visitors here on the HOF Legends Site.
You all had been concerned with Bo's health, helped by donating to his Cancer Relief Fund, and sending me eMails with your thoughts, prayers, and good wishes to relay to him, so it was important for me to let Bo tell you the story in his own words...and his voice rings true & sincere as you'll hear. JK
Above: Bo looking much healthier than he did in the Fall of 2010 ! Here he is at the KKOA Lead Sled in Salina, 2011, with our friend the Legendary Gene Winfield.
ABOVE : Here's yours truly with Bo during our Interview Session in Salina.
Although we always shared a lot of laughs & fun-times, these were a very intense set of questions and answers that were evolving during the Interview, as Bo's health , and his thoughts on the power of prayer, were very serious subjects.
[The Interviews are always done someplace where we can have good acoustics and lots of quiet. Well-insulated motel/hotel rooms like this one usually work perfectly.]
NOTE: The photo shown above is actually a "reverse shot"...as it was filmed looking into the mirror ! No flash, no glare !!
(ALL PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE COURTESY OF THE BO HUFF COLLECTION.)
BO HUFF WAS A GREAT FRIEND, and was one of the nicest, most talented builder's to ever light-up a torch. He went through a lot with many health problems the last few years of his life, and, sadly, passed away on August 4th, 2015.
We usually talked to each other every week or so, and, even during his illness, his spirit and desire to keep cranking out great customs still ignited him to not only want to "raise the bar", but to "set the bar" for others to follow.
I'm so glad that we were able to do all of the Interviews that we did during the year's, because now Bo's great stories about his life, his cars, and his passion for everything to do with Rods & Customs, can be heard right here on the HOF Legends Site for all to learn from and enjoy !
R.I.P., my friend. Like you always said, we were like "family".
FOR MORE INFO ON BO...just go to his Facebook page, and also, his Website: http://shopbohuffcustoms.com/