Update: Larry Huffman
Story and Photos by Howie Zechner
BIG BEAR CITY, CA, NOV. 9, 2013
Larry “Supermouth” Huffman has had a difficult 18 months. In May of 2012, he suffered a broken stent in his left leg and was immediately medevaced to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Apple Valley, California, for emergency bypass surgery to unblock the main artery’s blood flow.
His condition worsened, and Larry was placed into a medically induced coma for three weeks while undergoing removal of the calf muscles in his left leg and partial amputation of his foot, due to necrosis. In essence, his internal organs were dying. And so was Huffman.
Since then, Huffman has undergone nine additional surgeries and was transferred to a rehab hospital in Rancho Cucamonga, California, for four weeks. Total hospitalization time: 56 days.
“I’ve been forced to use a wheelchair or walker and am awaiting further surgery to rebuild the foot,” Huffman said.
When asked if Huffman would walk again, his new surgeon replied, “When I’m done, Larry will be able to do ‘The Huffman Hop.’”
The doctor was, of course, referring to Huffman’s famous antics of dressing in a tuxedo and jumping up and down on the announcer’s table while introducing the competitors at racing events.
“I may be down, but I’m not out,” said the former ABC, CBS, NBC, TNN, ESPN and Speedvision commentator.
In good spirits and still working in radio and TV spot production, Huffman recently voiced an action video game for a Brazilian game company, and also served as the voice of Sunnyside Promotions’ 2013 Chino Challenge and Orange County Fair Demolition Derbies.
“I’m truly blessed,” said Huffman. “KC is absolutely the best wife in the world, and I honestly feel I wouldn’t be here now if it weren’t for her care and concern. I’ve also – for the first time in my life – learned patience! I fully believe I will be walking again within the next few months!”
A member of both the AMA and Trailblazers Halls of Fame, Huffman has been unanimously elected to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Advertising Federation.
“We were sitting around, listening to everything Larry’s done in radio and TV over the past decades,” said the nominating committee’s president, Lacey Kendall, “and it was unanimously decided that we have to honor this guy!”
Huffman lives in Big Bear City, California, where he operates his PR and announcing business, Larry Huffman Enterprises. He can be reached at email@example.com. Wish him well and share your favorite “Supermouth” story. Larry would love to hear from you!