Bay Area Roller Derby, California (Images of America Series)

Overview


Roller Derby found a home in the San Francisco Bay Area following its Depression-era Chicago origins. An early television sensation, it faded to a modest existence in Los Angeles during the 1950s. Creator Leo Seltzer turned the game over to his son Jerry, who repositioned the traveling Bay Bombers from their home terrain of San Francisco to Fresno and everywhere in-between. He shined television camera lights on skaters who became the zenith in Roller Derby, including Charlie O'Connell, Annis Jensen, Joanie ...
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Overview


Roller Derby found a home in the San Francisco Bay Area following its Depression-era Chicago origins. An early television sensation, it faded to a modest existence in Los Angeles during the 1950s. Creator Leo Seltzer turned the game over to his son Jerry, who repositioned the traveling Bay Bombers from their home terrain of San Francisco to Fresno and everywhere in-between. He shined television camera lights on skaters who became the zenith in Roller Derby, including Charlie O'Connell, Annis Jensen, Joanie Weston, and more. Syndicated television games seen by millions yielded sellout crowds in every major arena in the country. However, economic and cultural changes closed Roller Derby in 1973. Passionate fans clung tenaciously to its memory. In the 21st century, the game made an astonishing return not only in Northern California but also worldwide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738593180
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 8/6/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 621,512
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 5.56 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Keith Coppage is a Bay Area educator, pop-culture writer, and official historian of Roller Derby. His mentor Jerry Seltzer conducted the Bay Bombers to national fame, founded BASS Tickets, was vice-president of Ticketmaster, and produced acclaimed films, rock concerts, and other diversions. Commissioner emeritus of all things Derby today, Seltzer receives fan mail and advice requests from skaters all over the world.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Beyond the Marathon 11

2 Bay Area Derby 19

3 Go, Bombers, Go 29

4 Big Red and the One and Only 67

5 Mister Roller Derby 73

6 The Golden Girl 83

7 Thrills and Spills 87

8 Beyond the Bombers 115

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Roller Derby grew out of the Depression, died in 1935 and came b

    Roller Derby grew out of the Depression, died in 1935 and came back as a
    do it yourself amateur sport in 2002 and today their are 1280 leagues
    in 38 countries with almost 80,000 participants....This book with 200
    photos takes you from the first days up until modern day Derby.

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