Duke Boyd

Orange County, 2005

For three or four years, I couldn’t design anything that was not successful. Everything I did worked! I thought I was some sort of design genius!

Ben Marus interview Hang Ten beachwear cofounder Duke Boyd in 2005; Boyd was 70. 

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How did you get the name “Duke?”

My real first name is Francis. I changed it because of the TV show. [Francis was the name of the talking horse in the popular “Mr. Ed” TV series.] It was just too much to go through the laughter each time I met someone new.

Where were you born? 

I was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1939, but at the age of two we moved to California, and then at  10 we moved to Hawaii. T...