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Chicago Rink Rats: The Roller Capital in its Heyday!

By 1950, roller skating had emerged as the number-one participatory sport in America. Ironically, the war years launched the Golden Age of Roller Skating. Soldiers serving overseas pleaded for skates with their usual request for cigarettes and letters from home. Stateside, skating uplifted morale and kept war production factory workers exercising. By the end of the decade, more than five thousand rinks operated across the country. Its epicenter Chicago! And no one was left behind! The Blink Bats, a group of Braille Center skaters, held their own on the huge rink floors of the Broadway Armory. Meanwhile, the Swank drew South Side crowds to its knee action floor and stocked jukebox. The eighteen celebrated rinks are now gone and those that remain honor the traditions of the sport's glory years. Author Tom Russo scoured newspaper archives and interviewed skaters of the roller capital’s heyday to reveal the enduring legacy of Chicago’s rink rats.

With 240 pages, over 90 images and one golden age story, Chicago Rink Rats: The Roller Capital in its Heyday! becomes the legacy that grandparents present to their great grandchildren when asked…”What did you do during the war?”

Reviews & News

Rolling Thru Time writes indepth review, National Museum of Roller Skating, December 2017

RinkSider Magazine January 2018 issue announces new roller skating book

Grand Strand Magazine's Hot Off the Press reviews Chicago Rink Rats!

Corvette Buildsheet Book

The Study Guide is for the third generation Corvette (C3) owner, collector, hobbyist or buyer who wishes to understand Corvette assembly production broadcast codes, how those codes were used to tag parts and how the buildsheet documented original buyer options. Six chapters cover a range of topics exclusive to those build records of this period. Fifty-two color illustrations compliment a detailed analysis of build records and guide the reader to interpret buildsheet data whether its an RPO, broadcast code or retrieving job numbers from schedule data. To review the Table of Contents, read chapter excerpts and browse additional details, click on the cover.

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Sharing the Road

Cycling groups are growing in popularity along the Grand Strand, displaying a need for bike lanes that improve both safety and connectivity. Grand Strand Magazine in its October/November 2016 issue looked at dedicated bicycle lanes with the passage of the road development - RIDE 3 referendum.