Vintage Roller Skating
Apparently there is a super hero named skate man. I dont know why I am suprised they have a super hero for just about any demographic. Details can be found here.
Learn you skate history!
Roller skating has always been popular in Coney Island, dating back to the Sea Beach Palace Roller Rink of the 1890s. The Palace, located on Surf Avenue at West 8th Street, was transformed from a railroad terminal into a rink that hosted roller dancing and roller racing events. There were also rinks at Dreamland, Luna Park, and Steeplechase. There are photos of Babe Ruth, dressed like a farmer, whirling around the Steeplechase Pavilion on roller skates.
The Hub opened October 27, 1950 on Harlem Avenue, in an area that at that time was quite desolate. For those who know Chicago today, this area is now a mass of malls and shopping activity. At that time there was nothing between the Roller Rink and Irving Park Road. At the corner of that intersection was The Harlem Outdoor Theater, and across the street the State Police HQ. South of Irving Park were some small stores and a few restaurants where many of the Roller Rink Junkies hung out after closing time.
MOST 83-year-olds would have hung up their skates decades ago, but Tony Stevens is still rolling along – all the way to Canberra.
The Georges Hall resident has been roller-skating for more than 70 years and later this month will skate from Sydney to Canberra to raise awareness for disabled children.
While still able to roll backwards, perform turns and glide on one leg, Mr Stevens will show off his speed-skating ability during the 286km trip, which he predicts will take him just one day.
When not skating unaided, he will clock up speeds of up to 70km/h by holding onto the back of a support van.