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dedicated to Judy Arnold - the Original roller derby queen

The night that I fell in love with a roller derby queen
around and round, a round and round
The meanest hunk of woman that anybody ever seen
Down in the arena

This is dedicated to Judy Arnold, the original roller derby queen. As a member of the Philadelphia Warriors, a roller derby team in the 1970s, Judy was wildly popular among fans of the sport. She was hired as the stunt double for actress Raquel Welch in the 1972 film Kansas City Bomber, a story that was based on Judy’s career and capitalized on the meteoric rise in nationwide popularity of roller derby. It was during the filming of that movie that Judy reached a revelation in her life and abandoned the sport that made her famous.

Judy embraced Jesus.

Today, at 73, Judy spreads the word of the gospel across the country in personal appearances and on various religion-based radio programs. And, she admits, she still follows roller derby.




DCS: kurt cobain

All apologies

Kurt Cobain never wanted to be the voice of his generation.

In a suicide note to his imaginary childhood friend “Boddah,” Kurt lamented that he no longer “felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing for too many years now.”

Kurt took his own life on April 5, 1994. His body was discovered three days later by an electrician who came to Kurt’s Seattle home to install a security system.



DCS: linda martinez

Gunther and I

Linda Martinez was a child prodigy. From the time she was able to stand and reach the piano, she was picking out melodies on the ivory keys. She began formal lessons at Yamaha Music Education System in Orange County, California. Linda began winning music competitions as a youngster, winning the 1991 Yamaha International Junior Original Concert Composition Competition in Tokyo, an international competition. She performed her jazz suite, “Gunther and I,” at the awards ceremony. She continued her musical studies through high school, then attended USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she graduated with a degree in music composition.

After college graduation in 1998, Linda became the keyboardist for Fox TV’s The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show, which led to appearances with other artists. She toured with the Beyoncé-fronted group Destiny’s Child two years later. She also accompanied drummer Shelia E. and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

In 2003, Linda was named the grand prize winner in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. The honor gave her the opportunity to compose the score for a 1925 silent film The Rag Man, with famed film composer Elmer Bernstein acting as her mentor. The film was broadcast on TCM in January 2004 with Linda’s original soundtrack. Linda composed additional scores for several animated short subjects, as well as another silent film at the request of TCM. Linda also worked with award-winning composer Laura Karpman on pieces for The History Channel and PBS.

Despite a bright career ahead, Linda took her own life in May 2005. She was 29 years old.



DCS: quinn o’hara


Born Alice Jones in Edinburgh, Scotland, Quinn O’Hara (taking the more colorful Anglo name) was named the first “Miss Scotland” as an entrant in a beauty contest that predated the Miss Universe Pageant. She moved to southern California when she landed uncredited roles in a trio of Jerry Lewis films in the early 1960s.  In 1966, she was cast in the title role of the last of the “beach party” movies, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. The film, costarring Deborah Walley, Nancy Sinatra, Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff, was short on plot but wildly popular at the box office.  Quinn was also featured as Jack Lemmon‘s sultry secretary in the 1964 comedy Good Neighbor Sam. She appeared in numerous television shows throughout the 60s, like I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster, The Beverly Hillbillies and My Three Sons.

Although Quinn was romantically linked to heartthrob singer Fabian, she appeared on a 1969 episode of The Dating Game. She was selected and she and her “date” took a chaperoned trip to Nepal.

In 1981, she married Bill Kirk, who was twenty years her junior. She changed her name to Alice Kirk, gave up her show business career and became a nurse in a senior citizen facility.

Quinn passed away in May 2017 at the age of 76.




DCS: anita ekberg

la dolce vita

A runner-up in the 1951 Miss Universe pageant, Anita Ekberg was offered a “starlet’s contract” by Universal Pictures, despite speaking very little English. She was given small roles in a handful of films including Blood Alley, Hollywood or Bust and the Martin & Lewis comedy Artists and Models. However, Anita was the darling of the gossip columns. Much was written about her romantic trysts with Frank Sinatra, Rod Taylor, Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power. An incident involving Anita’s dress popping open in the lobby of London’s Berkeley Hotel was a publicity stunt prearranged by a photographer.

In 1960, Anita starred in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, the role for which she is best known, She cavorted in Rome’s Trevi Fountain with actor Marcello Mastroianni in an iconic scene. In 1962, she lost the role of “Honey Rider” in the first James Bond film Dr. No to Ursula Andress. She would co-star with Andress the next year in 4 for Texas. Anita was recruited by Fellini two more times in The Clowns and Intervista.

Anita was known to be very outspoken, often telling reporters which famous people she disliked. In a 1999 New York Times interview, Anita bragged that it was Fellini who owed his success to her, rather than vice versa.

In 2011, it was reported that 80-year-old Anita was having financial difficulty after a fire wiped out her home and robbery resulted in the loss of jewelry and furniture. She humbly (or arrogantly) approached the Fellini Foundation for financial support.

Anita died at 83 after a long illness. Despite being a long-time resident of Italy, she was cremated and her remains were returned to her native Sweden.