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Almost all of you know Ann Calvello, who in the 50s through the 70s was the Suzy Hotrod of her day (or is it the other way around?)
Well, Ivy King was the first Derby superstar. She skated in the very first Roller Derby in Chicago and for the next 15 years.
She was tiny, wore glasses, looked sweet as Shirley Temple, but was a real pisser. A terror on the track, and funny, foul-mouthed and a great woman into her 90’s.
The perfect connection between original Derby and modern Derby, and that is why the Windy City Rollers named their championship cup after her. Please read the great piece from Chicago.
Two loves of my life: Ivy King and Val Capone…….I am definitely trans Derby.