The Day the Earth Stood Still (finally)


Jerry Seltzer:

with the 6.0 quake this morning, thought I wold repost this one of the quake 25 years ago that really changed everything.

Originally posted on RollerDerbyJesus.com:

A big scare in the Bay Area the other day. Just a few days after the 20th anniversary of the terrible Loma Prieta quake that was the biggest since 1906, there were a series of jigglers, the largest a 4.0. (we are so used to quakes that we throw away ones that size)

But it did upset a lot of people. I didn’t feel it at all (nor the aftershocks). I was in Sonoma and then in Palo Alto and it was centered southeast of Berkeley.

Image by Sigurd Decroos from stock.xchng.com.

But it did take me back to those terrible days 23 years ago. I was mainly in Los Angeles at that time working at Ticketmaster but had come back up to the Bay Area to visit Judi and for the World Series between the A’s and the Giants. Although we had suites at both the Giants and A’s…

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From Derby to Dylan, Part 1


Jerry Seltzer:

was there life after Derby? hell yes, 40 years worth and no one could possible lead a more interesting life….the journey continues.

Originally posted on RollerDerbyJesus.com:

When the Roller Derby was shut down I knew I had to find something else to make a living. Coincidentally I was approached by someone working for Ticketron who was leaving and starting a computerized ticketing system on a stand alone HP derivative computer, and would I be interested in the San Francisco Bay Area.  What went on after that was a whole unbelievable story (Harold Silen and I putting up our houses, having to go to Denver first and ending up with software we found out had been shall we say used without the legal owner’s permission.)  Somehow we overcame the problems and were up and operating by Fall 1974.

Our main client, Bill Graham, was to give us all his rock and roll business, but ended up holding back and having us share with Ticketron until he was confident that our system could operate.  The first big show…

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The Filmography of Roller Derby


Jerry Seltzer:

three years ago……I have often been asked about films….here is a short summary

Originally posted on RollerDerbyJesus.com:

Roller Derby has been portrayed in a number of films and documentaries over the years.  I haven’t seen them all, but I am excited about “Derby Baby” showing at the Atlanta Film Festival in late March and at the Sonoma International Film Festival on April 14th (www.sonomafilmfest.org).

Illustration by Billy Alexander from stock.xchng.com.

Because Roller Derby had played at the Pan Pacific continually since the 30’s in Los Angeles, a number of film companies had wanted to come up with projects but none materialized.   Then an independent producer named Bert Friedlob was able to make a movie on the cheap in 1950 called “The Fireball” with Mickey Rooney, Pat O’Brien (surprise, playing a priest), and Marilyn Monroe in a bit part.  He didn’t make it with Roller Derby, and it was called something else.  Roller Derby skaters Bert Wall and Paul Milane appeared in the film (Paul was Mike Gammon’s father), with Paul…

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