Woz, Roller Derby, the US Festival and the Steve Jobs movie

I met Steve Wozniak at the US Festival, perhaps the greatest collection of contemporary bands in 1982 and 1983. I believe almost 60 of the best bands and performers from the Clash to the Grateful Dead to Van Halen to Willie Nelson to the Pretenders and the Police and on and on appeared in the two year run over a total of 7 days near San Bernardino, California. Look it up.

Because David Zimmerman from BASS Tickets had heard how unhappy Woz had been with the way Ticketron had handled the sales in 1982, I was able to sign up the Festival for the fledging Ticketmaster entrance into Southern California in 1983. The impetus that the million dollars in advertising generated (always mentioning Ticketmaster as the phone and outlet source) really made us known in that area.

So I went both years, all days, but I must confess I didn’t listen to all 12 hours or more every day. And that is when I met Woz who solely created, financed, and presented the events.

This amazing man created the products that became Apple. Apparently, Steve Jobs liked the attention (I am seeing the movie this weekend), but really had nothing to do with creating the Apple 1, 2, etc. And Woz eventually left the company but today represents them with visits all around the globe.

What I found out in talking to him that he (of course) had watched Roller Derby on TV in the Bay Area where he grew up (and lives today), and he was quite a fan. I understand that he has shown up at various Derby events, and even skated on the banked track. Of course I got him a copy of “Roller Derby to Rollerjam”.

In the limited interplay that I have with him, I have found him to be a warm, accessible human being. He is a friend on facebook (and 32 of my friends are also mutual friends…..Misty (Pia Mess) Greer, why am I not surprised that you are one also). I also follow him on twitter where he seems to be traveling the world incessantly (all departure and arrival cities are listed), and he drives his Tesla to Morgan Hill to recharge and enjoy the delightful cuisine of this quaint village (really, Morgan Hill?).

So when you purchase an ipad or iphone, realize that at the start of the largest company in the world, there was this delightful man, a Roller Derby fan.

We will help make Roller Derby people and others Vampire proof for Halloween!

Good News: The Santa Cruz Derby Girls have announced their Blood Drive date and it is coming up shortly, October 12th at the LDS church, 220 Elk Street in Santa Cruz; to register, http://www.redcrossblood.org, keyword “Santa”.

And you can make yourself Vampire proof on Halloween on Saturday, October 31st, by not having so much blood in your body and donating with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, at the Silver Creek Sports Complex, 800 Embedded Way, San Jose….to register, http://www.redcrossblood.org, keyword “Derby”.

Ahd also on Halloween Saturday you can give blood in New England at the Seacrest Roller Derby drive at the Dover Bowl in Dover, New Hampshire. Again, register at http://www.redcrossblood.org, keyword “Derby”.

Brown Paper Tickets, the American Red Cross and the Roller Derby Leagues are sponsoring these drives, open to all, and saving 3 lives for each amount donated.

This year the drives are at a record pace, so please drop by if you can….These leagues are winners on and off the track, and don’t miss the opportunity to meet the wonderful players who are volunteering their time.

let’s go back 5 years to when Roller Derby filled arenas

In 2010 I was invited to come to Denver to help promote the Denver Dolls first game in the beautiful arena in Broomfield.

If you have 8 minutes, please watch the video from Denver television. I was actually on several tv stations, radio stations, and newspapers. It was a great promotion and as you can see, I can use the background of sports promotion in helping modern derby. if you go to my home page on facebook, the cover shows the results for that first game, and it was so exciting. And I met Robin Bond and did my first interview for “Derby Baby”.

If you cannot bring up the interview, go to my home page (Jerry Seltzer) and play it:

The interview: https://video.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpa1/v/t42.1790-2/1187329_10201670270589499_440_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjQ1OSwicmxhIjoyNDkyfQ%3D%3D&rl=459&vabr=255&oh=1941e2308a27cab5dba7479df6bb3c25&oe=55F14146

As we get full swing in Playoff and championship season, let us work together on getting the big crowds back to watch the most exciting sport in the world.

And as you may note, Roller Derby has helped me lose 25 pounds since this interview, and I don't even skate.

Give blood, get a free haircut, and help Roller Derby Leagues save lives!

How can you pass that up? and you will get a super size skate cookie from Brown Paper Tickets!

In Northern California Sports Clips is giving coupons for free haircuts to blood donors at upcoming League blood drives including Ressurection Saturday, September 5 in Rohnert Park; Peninsula also Saturday, September 5 in Redwood City; Undead Bettys Saturday September 12 in Antioch; and the BAD girls Saturday, September 19 in San Francisco.

Not included for the haircuts, but saving three lives for your donation: Mass Maelstrom, Sunday September 13 in Fitchburg Mass.

To see all drives and to register ahead, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org, keyword “Derby”.

These drives by The American Red Cross, Brown Paper Tickets, and Roller Derby Leagues are part of our sports great community involvement.

Please donate.