One good thing about getting older is remembering when. I remember when I saw the Rolling Stones preform at the San Jose Civic Auditorium back in the 60′s. At the Civic I could actually see the stage and the Stones without binoculars.
Now something from the good old days is back ROLLER DERBY !!! at the Civic Auditorium.
Back in the 60′s my dad and I watched the (San Francisco) Bay Bombers on TV. We saw Charlie O’Connel and Joanie Weston (the Blond Bomber), the team captains, and Ann Calvello (Demon of the Derby) pummel each other on the banked track.
Roller derby seemed to disappear for some time from TV and my thoughts. Then the other day while driving on Almaden Blvd. in San Jose, I saw a homemade sign of a Derby skater and in the window a sign advertising that nights game.
I was not able to catch the game last night because unfortunately I had to work.
Today as I was driving my taxi customers, I asked if they had ever heard of Weston and Calvello. Not only had heard of the skaters, but they told me their memories of the glory days of Roller Derby.
The San Jose Civic Auditorium tickets
Check out Roller Derby’s Bay Bombers on craigslist.org
And Wayne has a blog dedicated to Roller Derby action.