I spent as much time as I could at the Rollerdrome when I was in elementary and middle school.
I had my own skates that I carried in a suitcase like skatbox. I knew a lot of people there
because I went a lot. Friday, Saturday and Sunday if I could.
Pants with rolled cuffs
I got to be a very good skater. Jumping around, going backwards and dancing on skates. We used
to get very wierd when a song we liked started. "Play That Funky Music" was a huge favorite
of Dave Craig and I.
I got to know John Rolff pretty well. He was much older and worked there as a skategaurd.
One time when I was walking down the street going to catch a bus there John happened to
be driving by and he picked me up. Scared me because he had a mic and speaker hooked up to
his car so he could talk to people on the out side. John died suddenly when a tumor passed
through his heart. He couldn't have been older than mid twenties. His funeral was at Trinity
Lutheran across the street.
I went back to the Rollerdrome a couple times with Alicia. The same family still owned it so
it was pretty wierd seeing the same people working there 25 years later. It was nowhere as
busy as it was when I was a kid which is probably why it closed it's doors in 2005.