I am not certain if Derby today is a microcosm of society or a different world of its own.
I am what would be called at fraternities and sororities, a legacy.
My father invented the game, I promoted it, so I have some kind of association with the 2000 leagues and the people in them.
There are some who feel I really don’t have any, but we are ignoring them for today.
so I have the unofficial title of The Commissioner, and when I show up at most games, tournaments, I am greeted warmly because to many I represent the history of one of America’s 3 sports, created by an American. And I feel that I try to live up to the respect shown.
I have been part of the creation and/or development of sites that are helping many who need help; I am so delighted to be with Brown Paper Tickets, a company that is more interested in creating interest and developing clients than mere profit.
And they have supported the American Red Cross/Brown Paper Tickets/Roller Derby blood drives that we hope to expand across the country (see us at Rollercon); no profit there except saving hundreds of lives, and the leagues have responded so wonderfully.
I also when I can try to mentor those who contact me when appropriate. I have so many close friends in so many parts of the world that I am in touch with on a regular basis (my own time, not BPT’s). Some have to do with skating, a lot doesn’t.
I kind of hate it when my role with them is ended; they can move on with their lives, but it is inevitable.
And this is what modern Derby has given to me: the very human touch of being part of something at far beyond the time one would expect.
I hope to see you at Rollercon, or the World Cup in Dallas, or wherever we meet. I probably have more Derby love than anyone has a right to expect.