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Old April 15th, 2007, 04:38 AM   #1
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I have decided to start sharing some pics of quad racing and quad racers.
This fist picture is a really unbelievable photo. Its from the 1940's.
Growing up I never understood why anyone would name a Rink a Skate Arena.
One look at this photo and you will understand. Its incredible. This crowd should make any competitive skater very inveous.
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Old April 15th, 2007, 04:44 AM   #2
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This young man is from that same era. I have not been able to find anyone who can tell me who he might be. But none the less its a great pic.
Hey Kathie I figured it out. I got the pics to post.
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Old April 15th, 2007, 05:14 AM   #3
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Thanks Tracy:

That pic of the arena skating I have seen before. Peraps in an early 50's Skate Magazine, which back then was the official monthly magazine of the RSROA. I think where you can it would be good to also include the source of the pic, and any caption they may have had describing the skaters and place the pic was taken at......

I know there are some good photos out there of Harley Davidson and Roland Cioni skating Marathons with good crowd backgrounds like the photo you have shown today. . There are some good speed skating pics in magazines and books from the 20's 30's and 40's I have seen years back.

Thanks for sharing.....

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"Racer", the Splitwood guy!
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Old April 15th, 2007, 11:41 AM   #4
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Hi SkateLogForum Community,

If someone knows how to fast and has the software the signature on the bottom right hand corner might be able to be zoomed in and read.

XL it seem like his last name begins with B and is cut off.

I am guessing that this was his autograph

Yours in Skating, MA/NY Dave
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Old April 15th, 2007, 08:49 PM   #5
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Default 1946 Speed Skating - Uniforms, Skates, and Masks

From Dick Young: "This is the cover of the May 1946 issue of Skating News. Notice not only the uniforms and skates, but also the pylon. The third skater has a mask on to protect him from breathing the dust from the powder."

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From Dick Young: "This is the bottom half of the back of the January 1941 issue of Skating News. It features pictures of old skaters with the question, "How many of these champions do you know?".


Can anybody name any of these skaters?

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Old May 22nd, 2007, 02:52 AM   #7
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From Dick Young: "This is the cover of the May 1946 issue of Skating News. Notice not only the uniforms and skates, but also the pylon. The third skater has a mask on to protect him from breathing the dust from the powder."

Check out that pylon. could you imagine kicking that!! LMAO
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This discussion thread certainly has legs and generates much interest. Many photos no longer visible but the discussion are familiar.

This May 1946 cover of Skating News features skaters from Arcadia and Madison Gardens of Chicago at the Illinois State Meet. My mother skated with this group. The lead skater is Ray Sopper, followed by Vic Tramkian, Charles Fuertsch (wearing mask) and Elmer Knight (knee showing only). Elmer Knight would go on to win the state title. His brother Earl would continue to speed skate and win national title in 1952. The brothers won and placed in several national speed relays. I think my mother had a crush on Elmer...they dated before he joined the Army Air Corp.


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Old April 29th, 2007, 05:10 PM   #9
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Sorry this picture is so small.

I wish the photo also listed the other two skaters.
Dick do you know who they are?


Now you are in my timeframe. That is John Drewry, USA on the top of the platform, 1959 World Congress Champion, 2nd place Ian McPhee of NZ on the left, and Charles Wahlig, USA 3rd place on the right.

Preceeding this event, at the 58 Nationals, in Cleveland if memory serves me correctly Charles won. Following the event at Boston in the summer of 59, a meet I attended, Drewery won the 5 mile, lapped the field twice. Ended up in 3rd overall at Nationals that year. Have to go to the actual results at the RS website to verify, but that should be dead on....

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John Drewry was my husband's best friend. John died 3 years ago but we keep in touch with his wife Charlene Hamilton Drewry and their children.
There is a hugh USARSA skating reunion in New Jersey May 17-19 and I will be attending with my sister. My husband Buddy Carter will not be attending.
We also keep in touch with Donn Calvano. There are lots of speed skaters from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's coming to the reunion. If you google you should be able to find the details.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 06:48 AM   #10
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Sorry this picture is so small.

I wish the photo also listed the other two skaters.
Dick do you know who they are?


Now you are in my timeframe. That is John Drewry, USA on the top of the platform, 1959 World Congress Champion, 2nd place Ian McPhee of NZ on the left, and Charles Wahlig, USA 3rd place on the right.

Preceeding this event, at the 58 Nationals, in Cleveland if memory serves me correctly Charles won. Following the event at Boston in the summer of 59, a meet I attended, Drewery won the 5 mile, lapped the field twice. Ended up in 3rd overall at Nationals that year. Have to go to the actual results at the RS website to verify, but that should be dead on....

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John Drewry was my husband's best friend. John died 3 years ago but we keep in touch with his wife Charlene Hamilton Drewry and their children.
There is a hugh USARSA skating reunion in New Jersey May 17-19 and I will be attending with my sister. My husband Buddy Carter will not be attending.
We also keep in touch with Donn Calvano. There are lots of speed skaters from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's coming to the reunion. If you google you should be able to find the details.
Mrs Carter (Sorry have we met?)

I tried to email to Buddy when I saw one of his postings on the internet about a year ago, never did hear back from him. Please tell him I would like to email to him. It has been over 25 years since we last saw each other at an Eastern Regional Championships at Holiday in Delanco.

Buddy and I are about the same age, and we grew up in the sport together.
Calvano and I were partners in C&L Speed Skating Eqpt back in the early to mid 70's.

When I had heard about John's passing, I tried to write to Charlene but I am not sure if the letter ever got to her. If you or Buddy can email me her current address and phone number that would be great. I want to extend my belated condolences. John was a dear friend, who taught me much about the sport, and life in general, a truly decent human being and a great champion.

I spoke with Jack Countryman and his wife about 5-6 weeks back on the phone, and we have started an email exchange. Jack was one of 20 some odd skaters we took to London England for a huge International Bank Track championships in 74 when Donn and I co coached the US Team.

Ha...tell Buddy, I am not that old yet, I can blink my eyes and see us chasing each other at practice at the Arena in Lakewood, like it was yesterday (Yeah right, it was 1960!)

Did you race? Did you skate any of our Outdoor meets in Staten Island, such as the ones in these photos here? Tell Buddy to email to me at

richardmlevine@msn.com

Best regards,

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Old May 29th, 2007, 12:49 PM   #11
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MR. YOUNG I READ HERE IN THE FORUM THAT YOU HAVE ALL THE SKATE MAGAZINES - I HAVE 1946 TO 1976 - WHAT I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO DO IS E-MAIL ME TONYEKISSING@YAHOO.COM
THE SENIOR MEN AND LADIES 1ST - 2ND - 3RD PLACEMENTS FROM THE FOLLOWING YEARS
1937 - 38 - NO MEET IN 39 - 40 - 41 - 42 - 43 - 44 - NO MEET IN 45 -
49 - 50.
IN 1941 RECORDS WERE SET IN EVERY DISTANCE OF SENIOR MEN 440 - 880 - I - 2 - 5 MILE. THE RACER WHO WON WAS WILLIAM HAY FROM CHICAGO
YET HE NEVER SET ONE RECORD. BEEN TRYING TO FIND THE RESULTS OF THESE 10 YEARS (NATIONALS) AND WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COUKLD HELP ME OUT.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FILMS OR TAPES OF QUAD RACING FROM THE 60'S - 50'S
OR 40'S??????
SURE HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME OUT.
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Old May 30th, 2007, 05:46 AM   #12
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Tony!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How the heck are you. I need to send you an email.
How are Kathy and the Cincy Rollergirls doing?
You should recognize most of these pictures I got them from the Skate magazines that we took to Kinko's last June when I came up.
Did that bum Tim ever get back to you?
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Old June 11th, 2007, 08:51 PM   #13
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This picture is for my friend Tony Kissing. The little girl on the outside next to the wall is Tony's daughter Kathy. Kathy was Primary girls Champion in 1973 and Juvenille girls Champion in 1974.
I could not share these pictures without Tony. Just about every picture I have shared on this site came from him. Thanks Tony.

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Old December 30th, 2009, 01:19 AM   #14
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Hello, My name is Bob Manseau.. I speed skated in 1956 1957 1958 1966. I traveled and was at nationals these years.. I was trying to located some of my old friends and team skaters like Eddie Perales, Don Calvano, John Drewery , Carter,, Sharon Stevens, Mary out of Santa Anna California, etc.. I DROVE Eddie Perales from Torrance CAlifornia to the Club in Redondo Beach so he could skate with me and our team... I would LOVE to join your forum and catch up with old friends and good times..

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New York in 1966
Arizona in 1960.

I live in Utah, I havent skated since 1966. I skated with shoes I special ordered out of New Zealand made of kangaroo hide, and sure grip plates. Wooden wheels, cant remember the names now, but also specialty item. I skated mens relay in 1966 at the Nationals, 1956 Mixed relay[IMG][/IMG], Out of Redondo Beach California and went to Nationals in Virgina, 1957 I went to Nationals and 1958 Mens relay and mixed at Nationals. ( I think it was in Ohio,, can't remember.) In 1966 I was on a men's relay team and also went to Nationals with Don Calvano and John Drewery and Buddy Carter,, you have a picture of our team on your forum..
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I am the third from the left...

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Old August 27th, 2016, 10:19 PM   #15
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THE ASSOCIATION THAT RUN COMPETITIVE ROLLER SPEED SKATING
WAS FORMED IN 1937 IN DETROIT. THERE ARE NO ROLLER SPEED SKATERS
IN THE HALL OF FROM 1937 UNTIL GEORGE GRUDZA ENTERED - HE WON
SENIOR MEN IN 1960 AND AGAIN IN 1964. ONLY THOSE THAT WON SENIOR ARE IN THE HALL OF FAME. THE SPORT DOES HAVE SOME GREAT YOUNG
SPEED SKATERS WHO WON MANY YEARS BUT AREN'T IN THE HALL.
RALPH CONRAD WAS ONE OF THOSE GREAT YOUNG RACERS.
NOW YOU TELL ME OF ONE SPORT THAT DOESN'T SUPPORT THEIR GREAT OLD TIMERS. OUR SPORT IS A DISGRACE AT OMITTING THE GREAT OLD TIMERS. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE COACHES - EQUIPMENT PEOPLE - ETC
WHO ALSO ARE NOT IN THE HALL. CHECK THEM OUT MOST ARE RINK OWNERS. I COACHED FOR MANY YEARS AND HAD GREAT SUCCESS IN THE 1970s. I HAD TO WORK I HAD A FAMILY WHAT I GAVE TO ROLLER SPEED SKATING AND MANY OTHERS LIKE ME ARE FORGOTTEN.
WRITE AND THE HALL COMMITTEE TO PUT IN THE OLD TIMERS FROM THE 1930s - 40s - 50s!!! PLEASE!
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THE ASSOCIATION THAT RUN COMPETITIVE ROLLER SPEED SKATING
WAS FORMED IN 1937 IN DETROIT. THERE ARE NO ROLLER SPEED SKATERS
IN THE HALL OF FROM 1937 UNTIL GEORGE GRUDZA ENTERED - HE WON
SENIOR MEN IN 1960 AND AGAIN IN 1964. ONLY THOSE THAT WON SENIOR ARE IN THE HALL OF FAME. THE SPORT DOES HAVE SOME GREAT YOUNG
SPEED SKATERS WHO WON MANY YEARS BUT AREN'T IN THE HALL.
RALPH CONRAD WAS ONE OF THOSE GREAT YOUNG RACERS.
NOW YOU TELL ME OF ONE SPORT THAT DOESN'T SUPPORT THEIR GREAT OLD TIMERS. OUR SPORT IS A DISGRACE AT OMITTING THE GREAT OLD TIMERS. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE COACHES - EQUIPMENT PEOPLE - ETC
WHO ALSO ARE NOT IN THE HALL. CHECK THEM OUT MOST ARE RINK OWNERS. I COACHED FOR MANY YEARS AND HAD GREAT SUCCESS IN THE 1970s. I HAD TO WORK I HAD A FAMILY WHAT I GAVE TO ROLLER SPEED SKATING AND MANY OTHERS LIKE ME ARE FORGOTTEN.


WRITE AND THE HALL COMMITTEE TO PUT IN THE OLD TIMERS FROM THE 1930s - 40s - 50s!!! PLEASE!
Tony, at this forum the only group that knows "skating" is the art group, they may not be familiar with the racing aspect, I would suggest, if you do Facebook, looking for the organ skaters group, lots of knowledgable members, and the shuffle skaters may have a better memory of racing, at least it would be a start.
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