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When I was first brought to California,{1967} From Rock Island Ill,{ against my will, I didn't want to leave at all} the "parents" I had at the time, brought us to Sacremento, where we stayed for almost two years. We then moved to the bay area and got a house we rented in Blossom Valley, San Jose. This was Jan/Feb 1969. My birthday was in march, and my parents knew I was distraught and depressed.I received a lot of presents for my birthday that year, 
but the one that made a difference was a roller derby {or some no name brand } skateboard with clay wheels and ball bearings. I didn't know it at the time but it was the vehicle which would save my life many times over. I rode the shit out of it and not knowing how to adjust and lock the bearings they eventually started to fall out, and I was frantic, not being able to find or aqcuire replacements. As time went on I kept seeing other kids riding all the time, and didn't have the allowance to get another. After about two more years, we moved to another part of San Jose at Payne and San Tomas Expwy. It was around then I found a new friend who lived across the street, who had a banana board who let me ride it. There was a drainage ditch running the length of San Tomas Expwy, with 10' banked hard transitions. By this time urethane was on the scene, and after much cajoling, bitching, moaning and whining, I finally convinced my mom to let me work for enough money to get a real skate. Finally I did, not sure what it was but as I recall it was a Z-flex with X-Caliber trucks and Road Rider 2's. I rode the shit out of this thing in the ditch and came home many a night bloody and skinned up with road rash. This is when I thought my skate journey began, this was 1971. I had kinda forgotten about that clay wheeled toy, as it hurt alot to think about it...
But now that I have stopped telling my mind what to do,
it goes where it will now and this memory resurfaces,
meaning I started skating in 1969, fifty years ago. 
Fifty years ago. Five decades on the magic rolling board, and still rolling.
I must be losing my mind, it is no fun at all being sane on this insane asylum we live on...
Thank God...what a long strange trip it's been...
Now I no longer wonder why they call it the magic rolling board.
Skate on bro's...and Happy trails...

RADDOG
on the Magic Rolling board since 1969...



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Great post Raddog. I can totally relate to a couple things you stated.

1.  I didn't know it at the time but it was the vehicle which would save my life many times over.

2.  But now that I have stopped telling my mind what to do, it goes where it will now and this memory resurfaces, (this seems to be happening to me a lot lately)

Congrats on 50 years of skatin, awesome!

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Nice share brother!!  Glad you are still rolling, and yes, I agree on the "saving of my life", so to speak.  I think that was the deal for a LOT of us back when!
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Very Cool post, that takes me back!  I had one of them Old Steel Wheel Black Knight ankle breakers & always had the bruises from the smooth side walk in my yard! [rofl]  Then I rode a friends Makaha I was so stoked on that "New Wheel Technology". [rofl]  Then Cadillac Wheels were great but I wish I had a buck for everytime I picked up a round pebble thinking it was a lost bearing,  then Road Riders were mind blowing & boards were starting to come around also.
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Thanks for sharing this cool story Raddog.  Congrats on the awesome 50 year milestone!  [thumb][thumb]
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I would never in a million years kept on doing this had it not been for all the dozens of friends I've met along the way,
who shone by example and led the way....Thanks, it is unspeakable genius in so many ways, the magic rollin' board...
 
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I was talking to a friend about those early days when we started skating the banks on homemade boards with loose bearing & He sent Me this Vid from before there were Z-boys.  Jay, TA, Bob B & many others looks like on homemade boards & cadillac wheels.


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Very cool Rick.
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Very nice....
Thanks for the read.

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good shit man, in fact it's the best shit ever [thumb]



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