Two weeks from today I will reach an amazing birthday.
I was born in the depth of the Depression, and have lived under 13 presidents…..would have been more if Roosevelt hadn’t kept running.
And I have been around for the entire length of Roller Derby, and two things always surprise me: those who think I created it (don’t worry, Leo, I keep correcting them), and those who think it is just 10 years old.
I have seen cures for polio and other diseases, the emergence of television, air conditioning, jet travel, flights to the moon, and so many other unbelievable things. It is amazing to know that more changes have occurred during my lifetime than during the millions of the years previously.
For Roller Derby alone, I saw it change from a marathon to a game; I saw it become one of America’s leading attractions, its disappearance and most unlikely revival.
And I will live to see it attain its rightful place as one of the world’s leading sports. There is way too much awareness and interest for it not to happen. So let’s all get real busy. I will be starting another page on facebook (oh no!) asking for everyone to help in making Roller Derby reach its proper position in the sports world; those who do not want it to happen, that is fine; for you it will stay the same. For those who want to see a legitimate professional game with teams (why not some of the present ones) of paid skaters, let’s at least discuss it.
I know it is going to come about. And I probably only have another 20 or 30 years to be a part of it.