“They go round and around at the Roller Derby”

Jerry Seltzer:

you want unknown Roller Derby history and how we helped communism? here it is.

Originally posted on RollerDerbyJesus.com:

When Roller Derby “hit it big” in the US in the late 40’s and early fifties composer Leonard Whitcup wrote a ditty that had the above first line.  To hear the song, go to you tube, seek Mike Gammon Roller Derby, and you will see a ten-minute video of Roller Derby in the early days until the early 70s, and of course you will hear this catchy tune.

Once Roller Derby became popular on the ABC network (serving 13 cities at that time; almost no TV sets in homes, people watched in bars or at windows in front of radio stores), my father received offers from all over to promote this amazing attraction, and the one that intrigued him the most was to bring it to London and Paris.  So in 1953 they picked two teams of all stars, put a track and the skaters on a ship and off…

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Will you vote for something I think does it right?

After being out of the ticket business for a while (BASS, Ticketmaster), I was asked to join Brown Paper Tickets, a very different breed than the others.  They service thousands of clients worldwide, including 600 Roller Derby leagues.

I have been encouraged to advise clients and non-clients, do works for the community without regard to profit (the very successful blood drives with the Red Cross and Roller Derby Leagues, for example), because that is what founder William S Jordan and CEO Steve Butcher want the company to do.

So they are up for this prestigious bootstrapper of the year award because they haven’t taken one dime of Venture Capitalist money (as has virtually every other ticket company) and put community, clients, service and employees above profit.

Therefore, I am asking you to click onto this link and simply vote for them.


Thank you so much.

Banked track, flat track

Jerry Seltzer:

from 4 and 1/2 years ago…..now 2000 leagues and no boost in banked tracks plus no professional game.

Originally posted on RollerDerbyJesus.com:

Maybe people are choosing up sides unnecessarily.

I am amazed at how inflammatory the subject is.  So I will try to discuss it in a rational manner.

Obviously Roller Derby evolved as a banked track game and was enjoyed by millions, albeit many times as an exhibition.  We, the management and the skaters, never even thought of it as possible to be skated on a flat surface.  So we were proved wrong, as almost 700 leagues around the world are doing it successfully today.  And if the game is skated by skilled players before two evenly matched teams, it is very exciting.

However, that doesn’t mean that banked track skating should be dismissed, because it isn’t going to be.  As many leagues as can afford it and can figure out the logistics of storing, setting up, training, more will keep appearing.  I am very interested in what the response will…

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Can you say non sequitur?

One of my friends posted that today was Loretta Lynn’s birthday.

So I had to comment that the Senate should confirm her for attorney general.

She thought I was genuinely confused with Loretta Lynch, but those who know me understand that is my sense of humor.

But then I got to thinking, Loretta Lynn and I are the same age!

And she is a coal miner’s daughter, and I actually was in a coal mine.

My senior year in high school (you figure how long ago that was) our spring trip was to southern Illinois (we lived just north of Chicago).

So we were on buses and headed south.  Now Chicago is a wonderful, sophisticated urban city and southern Illinois is not (as Chevy Chase would say). The city of Cairo, named after the one in Egypt, is pronounced Kay-Ro there.

We visited Springfield, saw where Lincoln lived, saw his office and the historical sites.  And we really all had a great time, mainly because we got to be with each other.  We passed near to Litchfield, Illinois, where the Roller Derby Skate Company was located but didn’t go there.

But we did go to the coal mining area of the state (wonder if it is still there?).  And our school had set up that we could all go in the mine!  Can you imagine that today?

So we put coveralls with a head covering on, climbed into those little cars, and headed deep into the earth…..the noise was shattering, the coal dust everywhere.  we stopped and saw how the miners worked….the vein was about 5 feet high so we couldn’t fully stand up.  It wasn’t Disneyland.

We finally went back up, brushed the coal dust off, went back to our hotel and showered.  black mucus came out of our noses for days.

I don’t think anything convinced us more to study and get to college.   And of course if you don’t today you end up at Walmart.

I ain’t no coal miner’s daughter.