Interview with Earlene Brown

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Please note: there were technical problems with both sound & exposure levels on the original 16mm film. KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 21st 1967 by Dave Valentine in Oakland featuring an interview with roller derby star Earlene Brown (1935-83), who is visiting with the New York Bombers. When asked to describe roller derby's attraction, she explains that: "I think this is what the public wants. They want to see blood and thunder all over the place! They'd love to see my neck broke." She goes onto demonstrate some of her blocking moves with the reporter and at one point exclaims: "What you runnin for, I haven't hit you yet!"

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archival newsfilm
16mm b&w, magnetic sound film
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KPIX 33966

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David Valentine (the reporter in this clip) was my great friend and mentor...been dead for 17 years and I still think of him often and miss him like crazy. He had a zest for life and a love for the English language. I hope he is somewhere "laughing and scratchin"'s to you DV.

Thank you for posting this interview... Earlene is my grandmother, I never got to meet her. It was awesome to hear her voice. I'm going to share it with my father.

Actually this old footage was a lot better then I imagined it would be.  I don't think Earlene Brown skated as long as noted though.  She was a former Olympic shot-put champion.  In San Francisco her New York Bombers, Los Angeles Thunderbirds, and Texas Outlaws were competing in a rare interleague event with the San  Francisco Bay Bombers.  Never had a chance to see those games.  My late friend did and wow the war stories he told me of those games!  Thanks for saving this. 

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