ROLLER DERBY SKATER
I saw you at the Capital Roller Skating Rink in Trenton NJ in the 60's. I was too shy to speak to you or ,God forbid, ask for an autograph back then. I loved to watch you skate. You were a very positive role model for girls and young women. I just wanted you to know what a great impression that you made on a shy awkward teen. You were our SUPERSTAR. Thanks, Jo-Ann
Just wanted to tell you how cool I think you are. I was very lucky to have seen you skate a few times when the Warriors came to South Flordia. You shine just as bright now as you did then ( Even more so ) Keep up the great work you do.
From Facebook and You Tube:
HappyGospel commented on "Redding Roller Girls Honor Judy Arnold on 8-6-11 Slideshow"
HappyGospel wrote: "I was in love with Judy the Skater - went to every game at the Arena, 4465th and Market. You were the best skater, male or female to ever skate except for Joanie Weston. You were equal but you had an inner beauty that could not be matched. You were also a pretty good musical performer. Did anyone ever tell you in those days you looked like Anne Murray the singer - I thought you two could be twins. Thanks for the Memories.
Joe Costello commented on your video "A Night To Remember - August 6, 2011"
Joe wrote: "As a kid I idolized this woman, only knowing the character she portrayed. As an adult I personally know this woman and idolize her even more. "
Greg Pearson commented on your video "Redding Rollergirls Honor Judy Arnold Slideshow 8-2011"
Greg wrote: "All so deserving, every city would honor you for you and your skating ability..Great song also!"
Donna Davis commented on your video "Redding Rollergirls Honor Judy Arnold Slideshow 8-2011"
Donna wrote: "Back in High School as my P.E. teacher/coach, you taught me core values, but more importantly about God's Amazing Grace! Thank you for sharing the video, it blessed me just as you and your testimony have done for so many! God bless you!"
Al Mario Santella commented on Facebook
Al wrote: "Judy you ruled Philly with the Lord ruling over everything else including the games."
Fuzzy5face has made a comment on "Roller Derby Pictures - Slide Show":
Fuzzy5face wrote: "Wow! It was great to see these photos! Judy the impact you had on the sport will never be forgotten. I grew up in Berwyn PA and we watched the warriors during the weekends......we would cheer our heads off for you. thank you I'll never forget."
JJN259 has made a comment on Judy Arnold - I Dreamed A Dream:
JJN259 wrote: "Judy Arnold is a very special person. She is a gift from God to so many. If you meet her, you'll love her. She was one of the greatest female skaters of all time but she is also one of the best people I know. God Bless You for making their dreams come true and walking them around the track like that! "
It's been a long time since I wrote you, but in spirit, when August 6 comes around, I always hope you have a wonderful and blessed birthday.
Judy, I was reading the Philadelphia Inquirer this Sunday when I saw a familiar picture of you and Judy Sowinski on the track. My heart sunk when I realized it was to publicize the loss of one of my favorite players. Ms. Sowinski bought such joy to her fans - May she rest in peace.
Judy, on your special day, I wish to thank you for all the joy you bought to my life and to many, many others. Your work in helping others to find God and, the God within themselves, can and never will go unnoticed. Your light shines in every heart and soul you've ever touched, and that light has been passed on. Happy Birthday Judy Arnold! And, many, many more. Judy, though we met for only a brief moment many years ago, you touched my spirit with your kind smile and gentle way. The light I saw that day still burns bright in my heart and soul. THANK YOU, my friend in faith.
Alicia Leash posted on Facebook:
"HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDY! YOU ARE THE MOST AWESOME AND WONDERFUL LADY, I HAVE EVER MET! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO ALL OF US.....LOVE YOU!"
I would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday! Enjoy your event in Redding tonight. Your age now matches your number from your Warrior uniform. But then, mine matches the Kruse twins' number. It seems not that long ago that I was watching you and the gang every Sunday for 2 hours on Channel 48 in Philadelphia. Okay, it's been several decades, but having found your website and seeing the video and pictures from the reunion in 2007 sure brought back memories of my favorite show on TV -- the Roller Game of the Week. You were always my favorite skater on the women's side, while Jim Trotter became my favorite male skater once he joined the Warriors. I had dreams of being a Warrior, knowing I could wear my glasses in game action because Ellen Ferretti, Irene Jeter, Judy Woodard, and the infamous Diane Syverson all did (plus Buddy Atkinson, Paul Rupert, and Daniel Augustus Reilly), but the league folded before I ever got the chance to beat up Gooch for calling you a (curse word that went out over the air) broad -- that and a precancerous bone spur on my right foot ended my opportunity.
Anyway, enjoy your birthday and a whole lot more!
The Glasses Girl,
Wow, I am sitting here in tears. I never knew where your life had taken you after the Warriors and may I say, you are just as amazing now as you were then.
My nickname in high school was "Judy Jammer" because I gave up being in the "in crowd" to race roller skating instead of party after games. I adored racing and just being on wheels every chance I got. I actually was great friends with Carl Milligan, we skated together at Jr's and Sinking Spring for years. He taught me how to do hip checks off the wall.
Anyway, I am also a born again Christian and have centered my life as a nurse and helping spread Gods word through church and missions.
How proud I am once again to be known by your namesake. Your website is beautiful.
I would love to volunteer to help your cause in anyway I could. I am not rich, so money donations are very limited, but I am retired and able to work freely and go as I wish, as is my husband. If you should need or want help from here in Mid Missouri (where my home is now) I would be very happy to do anything I can. We do alot of community faith in action work, so I am going to offer your idea of the wheelchairs to our group to investigate the needs here.
May God continue to bless you and thanks for all the terrific memories.
When I was 4 years old, my Father and Grandfather introduced me to Rolller Derby and from that moment I knew thats all I wanted to do. Watching you, Calvello, Tony Roman, Carol "Peanuts" Myers, Gloria "Mac" and several others rockin the Bank Track and my first pair of skates (The Official Outdoor Roller Derby Skates) I was hooked! I started studying and teaching myself Figure Skating and Speed skating in the hopes of some day becoming a Derby Girl. When Derby hit Northern California I couldn't get to the rink fast enough to sign up.
When I heard you were in northern California I had high hopes to have the Honor of meeting you in person. You are such an inspiration to Redding Roller Girls and myself in so many ways through your love and passion for the sport and support you provide and kind words. To meet you was an Honor and to be your friend is more than I had ever dreamed of. Its still surreal to have a Childhood Mentor as a Friend and I cherish that every day. Your support means more than I could ever express and I cherish our friendship more than I could ever express.
Thank you from the bottom of my toestops to the top of my helmet. Your are simply a Beacon of Light into my world and your words on a job well done working with these amazing ladies. We all look forward to your smiling face at practice and bouts!
I Love You & Thanks for making my childhood Dream of meeting one of my Mentors come true and for all your support.
Coach Kutt Throat
I am so grateful to be in that video with you, Making A Difference with Friends (November 2010).
Despite the accomplishments I made with little vision, I still felt unfulfilled because I never tried to live out one of my childhood dreams of being a roller game jammer. When I watched the Warriors on TV, I wished that I was jamming on the track.
I can't emphasize how thrilled I was that the video of you, me and Nancy walking along the bank track, was put onto utube.
Today, February 17, 2011 is the 37th anniversary of when I went to my first Roller Game, Sunday February 17, 1974.
At the time I was 10-years-old. For the previous two weeks, I actually believed that Dave Pound was truly going to have the Warriors and the Baltimore Cats moved to Phoenix and Honolulu. During the early month of February 1974, you, and the Warriors were skating on the West Coast against Dave Pound and John Hall's "evil" Los Angeles Thunderbirds. Pound told the Warriors that on February 17, 1974 at the Spectrum, that that would mark the end of the Warriors and Cats franchises. At the spectrum, he was going to force Jess Adams to sign some papers. There was talk that the two teams had the same owner. (In truth, Bill Griffiths owned all the roller game teams.) I was so scared that it was going to be the end of the Warriors, not just because Dave Pound said it would be so during the half time interviews with Elmer Anderson, but because Elmer provided a sense of doom. Listening to Elmer compelled me to pester my mother to no end to take me to that roller game on February 17. I kept telling her that it was the one game I had to see and that the Warriors might not be around after that. My mother was adamant about not taking me. My father told my mother to NOT take me. Then on Sunday morning, Feb. 17, 1974, my mother said that she called the spectrum and found out that children's seats were five dollars. There was no way that she was going to spend that kind of money on my ticket. Then to her shock, I whipped a five-dollar bill out of my piggy bank and gave it to her. At the time, I was more parsimonious than Scrooge ever was. My mother was shocked! My father reminded her that they were supposed to go to a dinner party with his mother. (We called my father’s mother, Abuela, which means grandmother in Spanish.) Instead, my mother took me to the roller game.
I had a blast. It was one of the most exciting nights of my life. My mother was utterly miserable. I had no idea that we were in a dangerous predicament. When Dave Pound came on the track, fans were throwing bottles at him. My mother was scared. Some of the "crazy" fans made my refined cultured Jewish mother nervous. I was barely able to see the skaters or the track because of my limited vision and because we were sitting high up, but I loved the atmosphere.
I will never forget when you took the microphone from the house announcer Ken Kunzelman and pleaded with the fans to stop throwing things onto the track. I even remember some of the things that you said:
"Stop It. Stop throwing things onto the track. Look! We've been on the road for two whole weeks and were beaten every game. Now we're trying to win this game, just for you." Many years later, I heard that a fan had thrown a beer bottle that smashed onto the track. I remember feeling so excited when I heard the half time interview. I remember Jess Adams yelling to Dave Pound, "We are not leaving! We are not leaving this place!" My mother was disgusted. She said to me, "David, they're killing each other. I don't like this." Yet, I was having the time of my life.
I remember the second interview conducted after the 6th skating period. Charlie O'Connell and Psycho Ronnie Raines were to have a match race the following week against Jim Trotter and Little Richard Brown. I'll never forget hearing Richard's voice rise several octaves when he yelled, "It upsets me that you're not in this match race, pound." Then either Charlie or Ronnie yelled, "Richard!"
'The name is Mr. Brown to you!"
The Warriors won that game 85 to 80.
Everything that I experienced in February 1974, I still associate it with that night I dragged my mother to my first roller game. For example, I first heard the songs, "Seasons in the Sun" and "Dark Lady" in February 1974. To this day whenever I hear those two songs, I think of my first time at the roller game.
I remember when my mother and I got home from the game after midnight. My father was upset.
"What happened, Barbara? I was so worried about you! I wish you didn't take David to that stupid roller game, I can't believe you did that!"
I didn't pay too much attention because I was on cloud nine. If I can go back in time and relive certain days in my life, Sunday, February 17, 1974, would definitely be one of my first choices.
Thanks for the email with the update and photos! I do appreciate receiving the emails very much. I'm on Facebook too, so I actually did a status announcing the Warriors Reunion National Hall of Fame event a couple of weeks ago. After I received your email, I was able to do a follow-up status with a link to the photos on your website. You'll be happy to know that each of the two statuses I did about this event struck a cord with some of my FB friends from Philly who still remember you and the glory days of the Warriors. All expressed that they were glad to know that you were still around and doing well... and everyone thinks it's awesome that you're an evangelist!
I know that I'm probably not the first to suggest this to you and I know that you're schedule is probably "crazy-busy", but you might want to consider starting a Facebook "Fan" page. I don't think you have any idea how much love is still floating around out there for you and that would be another way for your fans to keep in touch... I'm sure there are thousands! If or when you decide to take that "plunge", I would be honored to have you as a FB friend. If you're already on FB, please let me know. I tried finding you in the search box, but no luck.
In closing, I would like to send you something... One of my Facebook photo albums is a creation I call "During My Lifetime". It is a collection of photos via internet searches of significant things that happened during the course of my life that have stayed in my memory banks all of these years (I was born in 1958 and I'm 52 years old now). Anyway, one of the photo pages in this album was about my memories of the Philadelphia Warriors and I would like for you to see it when you have some down time. Just click on this link and you're there: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4110872&l=5085b26199&id=551366195
Well, I've taken up enough of you time for now. Take care until I hear from you again. I couldn't make it to this Warriors Reunion National Hall of Fame event because of a family commitment, but I'm going to make it to one of them if it's the last thing I do-LOL!
Rosalyn L. Martin
P.S. I'm gonna post this message on your website as well so that, one way or the other, you will see it (smile).
My name is Ron. I am a 51 years young Roller Games Fan. I have so many fond memories of the Warriors and the matches at the Arena/ Atlantic City convention Hall and of course the Spectrum. It was so much fun watching Ms Arnold and her teammates. I wanted to attend the reunion, but due to the effects of certain medications I take(which leave me very tired), I was not able to attend. Last year I had a kidney transplant at Robert Wood Johnson in New jersey. My past memories became very important to me. I remember meeting Ms Arnold and how nice she was to me. I won't ever forget it. Thank you Ms Arnold for being so nice . Ah yes!! Sundays on channel 48 with Elmer Anderson and those match races. The Warrior spirit will live forever. I also met Little Richard Brown at the Old Pennsauken Mart !! Those were the days my friends.
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