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I’m Back…Plus Roller Skate Research Updates

Roller Skate Update

I was supposed to return in August but I was enjoying my blogging break so much that I decided to break a little longer. Remember, I was only breaking from blogging.

During my time off, I started going through all of my research files and documents. I have a lot of ish! That’s understandable considering I’ve been collecting information and stories since 2009.  And I have some good stuff with the support of people who would like to see my book come to life as much as I would.

Roller Skate Research Updates

I submitted proposals to the Chicago History Museum and DuSable History Museum for roller skating exhibits. So far, the response has been favorable. Both decision makers said that they would present the ideas to their committees and get back to me. If all goes well, I can get the exhibits in both museums at the same time.

After submitting my ideas, I have determined that I will complete my roller skating book in 2015. There’s no need to continue to put this on hold. However, there are things I need to make this happen.

1. Research assistance. If you read anything about Chicago roller skating or black roller skating in Chicago, please e-mail it to me at

2. Funds to pay researchers and interviewers. I plan to conduct a 30-day crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds. Also, I’m considering sponsors for my project. If you know of companies I should pursue, please let me know.

3. More pictures and video clips are needed. Please ask people you know if they have pictures they are willing to share. If so, have them to contact me so we can discuss specifics.

4. Stories for roller skaters. Ask any roller skaters you know if they are willing to take my survey. If they are, let me know if they are and I’ll contact them.

5. Prayers. Please pray for cooperation and good vibes throughout this process.

That’s it for now. I will continue my  posting schedule of every other week. Contact me if you need me.

On Blogcation – Will Retun in August


I am taking a break and will not be blogging in July unless

  1. I have information I want to share;
  2. there is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed; or
  3. something so amazing happens that it cannot be ignored.

I may or may not respond to comments and e-mails; know that I am not ignoring you.


Diversity in Blogging and Social Media – Tuesday, July 30, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
I will be speaking how different groups use and interact on social media and blogs
Technology for Women Meetup
West Monroe Partners – 222 W. Adams

3rd Annual Writer’s Block Party – Saturday, August 16, 2014 –  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
I will be a panelist discussing tools and strategies on how to promote your book.
Gail Borden Public Library  –  270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, IL

I will return sometime in August. Until we meet again, have a wonderful and safe summer.



Where Are the Roller Skate DJs?


Roller skating is fun but it would not be as fun without music. Good music makes for a good session; great music makes for an amazing session. Neither is possible without the talent and passion of DJs.

What is a good DJ?

From my experience, a good DJ knows what to play, when to play and how to play it. Skaters should be able to tell when the format is changing from all skate to backward skate to couple skate by the transition of the music.

There is nothing better than a DJ who feels what he or she is doing – literally and figuratively.

If you are a roller skate DJ, I’d like to hear from you. Share your experience in the comment section below. Specifically, let us know

  • How you got started
  • Who helped you get started
  • Why you chose to be a DJ
  • At which rink(s) you worked
  • How long you’ve been doing it
  • Anything else you’d like to share

If you are not a DJ, but have a favorite one, let us know who it is, where they DJ and why you like them.

It doesn’t matter in which state or country this person is located. We need to give credit where credit is due. And my site is the best place to do it.

Calling Roller Skaters from New York

Empire Roller Skating Center - New York

I know that skating was one of the hottest things to do in New York, and I”m calling on skaters from all cities to share their roller skating memories.

I’ll be honest. There are three things that I know about roller skating in NY, and please correct me if I’m wrong.

1. It is home to roller skating legend, Bill Butler;

2. Roller disco originated at the Empire Roller Skating Center; and

3. Even though many of the rinks are closed, the love of skating persists.

So, roller skaters from New York, if you care to share your memories, I’d love to read them.

Please include the years you skated; the city; the name of the rink; the type of skating; and anything else you can recall. Also, please share any pictures you have.

Thank you!