My first skating experience was about age 6 on quad roller-skates with metal wheels. At age 10 I organized neighborhood roller derby matches that were held in our backyard in Woodland Hills. I was an avid T-Birds fan and dreamed of one day wearing the Thunderbird red-white-and-blue. I forgot about roller derby for a while just after turning thirTEEN. Instead, I was street-skating and doing crazy stunts such as being towed on city streets holding onto the driver’s side door and mirror. Several times I was towed on the freeway at 55 to 70 MPH. Had my skates faltered I wouldn’t be writing this today.