The first Rollercon I attended was in 2006, and I don’t remember exactly why I went.
I think it was because Loretta “little Iodine” told me about it, and I had met the Windy City Rollers and my first Derby wife Val Capone the year before.
And Judi Flowers sent along 300 pair of her flower slippers that had been featured on Oprah and Sex and the City and we gave them out…..anyone still have them?
Judi and Jerry:
Loretta and I were so honored to be introduced and get to say hello to everyone at the big opening dinner (gone the way of the dodo bird).
July 30 to August 4 at the Riviera in Las Vagas will be either my fifth or sixth. Ivanna and Trish and all the people who put together this amazing event are wonderful…..at least to me it has become the centerpiece of modern Roller Derby, even more than the championships……over 5000 from all over the world (will there be anyone there from the leagues in China, Russia, Korea, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, etc?) because this is Roller Derby Mecca. The best skating instruction, the best functions, seminars, trade show etc. It is really Roller Derby University, where it is not as much what you learn, but who you meet, hang with, and make even more bonding relationships.
First league being formed in Russia: in line skates for now!
I have never been a skater (unless you count my time on the banked track in a match race with a sponsor (I had sense enough to lose) or when I skated with the Singer midgets (their actual name) when they were in Hollywood filming “The Wizard of Oz”…….I hope that doesn’t date me).
But boy, this is my Disneyland, Space Shuttle, Super Bowl all wrapped in one.
And Brown Paper Tickets, the only ticketing company with a full Derby Division with Derby people, has me doing sales and outreach for them. This not just for profit, fair trade company had me start with them last September. And if you can imagine the logistics of doing every admission function for Rollercon, you can see what a snap they would be to handle your league (lowest service fee, no cost to you, magnificent customer service….www.brownpapertickets.com).
And what will I be doing?
Well, I have 7500 facebook friends and tens of thousands who follow my blog and twitter, so I get to see many of them this one time of year. And we take pictures and I sign the various places they want to be signed (yes, it is true, I did). And I will hang in the Brown Paper Tickets booth with Sten and Michelle and the many others they will bring just to make sure all problems in Las Vegas are handled.
And Judi Flowers and I will be at the Roll Models/gamegear booth in the main hall (#24, at the corner right in front) where Judi will introduce the Derby fashion forward SeltzerBrand/Gamegear designs by Lucy D which are sublimated (what till you find out what that means) and unlike anything else in Derby. the designs last as long as the fabric, regardless of washings etc. There will be a limited amount on sale as well as books autographed by the Commissioner and photo ops, etc.
And if you are even thinking about getting team uniforms, please check out Roll Models, unless you don’t want professional looking, long wearing, sublimated designs.
Bob Noxious of Roller Derby fame and Brown Paper tickets and I will be heading a seminar on Saturday at noon in #114. If you are super-successful in attracting fans or not successful, you will want to be there to be part of the discussion…..there is so much about promotion, marketing, ticketing that is not obvious, and we will get into all of that….and oh yes, I promoted over 3000 Roller Derby games, Willie and Waylon, and much more.
And here is an oddity: The Roller Derby Skate Company, started by my father and uncle Oscar Seltzer 70 years ago will be making its first appearance at Rollercon, in the west hall where Brown Paper Tickets booth is. I have no ownership; cousin Ed (a nuclear physicist who attended Cal Tech!) owns it, and has made it one of the most successful roller, ice, skateboard, hockey companies in the world. I guess he figured it was time to visit his namesake. I am certain he has gone for a certain niche, and you really should stop by and see the products in the booth. We required all of our skaters to wear them back in the day.
The voluptuous Val Capone at our Derby Wedding.
It appears that about 200 members of the vibrant Derby over 40 group will be on hand. We will have a little gathering on Friday night, and hope you can attend my (third) Derby wedding to the breathtaking Donna “thehotflash” Kay at the top of the Riv and then stay for the pants off/dance off party (I guess that is appropriate on a wedding night).
Oh Donna, (sigh)
And of course Dumptruck officiiated at the Lori and Jerry nuptials.
If you don’t know about Donna, please check out her facebook page. Maybe the most amazing woman around.
I can’t remember your derby name and real name (I check the labels in my shirts to make certain they are mine), so just come up and hug me, tell me who you are and let’s take a photo.
Gawd, I love Rollercon.