about 2011


Not a great year for me.  Financial turmoil as much as most others.

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Great friends have helped me, and there are wonderful opportunities for 2012.  Judi and I and others have formed seltzerbrands.com, which is not quite ready for prime time…..of course I will let you know.

And somehow I am involved in great new uses for smart phones, and I am not even that smart about them.

What is really amazing to me is the access I have to literally tens of thousands of friends and associates through the social media.  I am stuck on 5000 friends on my facebook site, yet have the ability to reach another 60,000 through additional pages.  And here I am blogging and also I twitter, and they keep hitting at me with linked-in, group on, glue, google and more which I can’t handle.

If these tools had been available when I was promoting Roller Derby, I feel I could have ruled the world.  We did our own social networking through announcements in our telecasts promoting people to get a free copy of the rules  or getting on our mailing list by writing to box 1827, Oakland, CA 94604.  We would gauge whether or not a city was ready for a visit by both the TV ratings and how much mail we received.    Today it would be a breeze.

The fact that Roller Derby is back after a hiatus of about 30 years is astonishing…..probably unprecedented in the world of sports.  I am obviously impatient to see it grow even more because at my age I know I will not be present when it reaches its peak.  That is just fine, though, as I can see the rapid development.  And I am able to be a part of it, even if I am on the sideline.

I am thankful for the ever-beautiful Judi, my three wonderful children, my three granddaughters, my brother-in-law Ken and all my cousins, nephews, nieces, grand and great grand members of the Gurian and Weinstein relatives.  And of course Loretta, Frankie, Hal, Bert, Jon,Tina, Marsha, Val, Lori,  and on and on.

I was born before Roller Derby existed and today there are so many of you involved as an integral part of your life.  So officially, as The Commissioner, I command you to have a healthy, happy and productive New Year.