Growing up, I loved going to the roller rink! My earliest memories of skating were at a rink with my mom in Southern California. I remember feeling embarrassed that she was skating with me and all my little friends. I also remember that she was a very good roller skater!
In 1974, our family moved to Colorado Springs. Shortly after we settled into our house on London Lane, my sister Becky and brother Billy took me roller skating. I vividly remember young girls my age in short, red skater dresses. They skated their hearts out while donning bright white skates with giant pom poms. They went backwards and forwards and did spins and little jumps. They were like super stars to me, and I was certain they were very rich! How else could afford such fancy skates?
I’d never seen anything like those girls and their skates and cute skater dresses in all my life, and I wanted to learn to skate more than I wanted to breathe!
These pictures, which were taken as part of the U.S. National Archives project, are somewhat reminiscent of those days. They were taken around 1975, and certainly the pom poms on the skates in that first picture take me back. I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I do.
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