Lee & Debby
Ft. Worth, Texas
August 8, 1979
her new partner.
Last page update or edit:
November 7, 2006
On April 27, 1977, some
Navy buddies and myself decided to go to Sun State Roller Rink on
Primrose Drive in Orlando, Florida, for an evening of fun. I had been
skating maybe twice in my life, but was always fascinated with the
sport. On this night I saw for the first time in my life, trained
roller skaters performing artistic skate dancing. They floated across
the floor performing intricate moves of grace and complexity that
I never dreamed could be accomplished on roller skates. I remember
watching the more accomplished skaters performing such dances as the
the Pasa Doble, the Killian, and the Iceland Tango. I was hooked.
I had to learn this art! I became obsessed with skating. Despite the
fact that I was 19 years old, which everyone said was too old to get
started in Artistic Roller Skating as a competitor, I was determined.
I was at the rink everyday. I had bruises, scabs and blisters, but
I was learning fast. I started taking begginer's lessons from old
George Duffy. During this time, I met Gwen Hall and in just a few
months, the two of use were helping to teach the beginner's classes.
Gwen and I formed a partnership and took on Shirley Williams as our
new instructor, or "Pro." By the next January we were ready
to compete in our first "meet" at the 1978 Winter Invitational
in Jacksonville, Florida!
Juanita, Gwen's mother, hand made
our first outfits. She just barely got them completed the night
before competition! It was a thrill and I was so proud of myself.
I don't remember what place we took at that meet, but we didn't
make it to bronze medal level. Nevertheless, it was a thrill of
a life time!
The next time we skated was in Hollywood,
Florida, for the Easter Invitational. Juanita once again put her
sewing skill into high gear and created new costumes for us. This
time our colors were in blue (the other costume was a "rust"
colour). I never did care for the blue outfit. It did not fit quite
right and the colours made us look pale and weak. Maybe our skills
had improved, or maybe the competition was not a intense, but this
time we won a bronze medal (3rd place).
Our next competition was at Semoran
Skateway in Casselberry, Florida. At the Mid-Winter Invitational,
Gwen and I took our first Gold Medal!
Sadly, I have lost touch with Gwen
(Hall) Bujarski and her mother. Gwen and I shared many wonderful
times together and I regret losing contact with her. If you read
this Gwen, get in touch! .... Love ya!
Juanita Hall diligently
hand-sewing the last stitches in the jacket to my skating outfit.
1979, Gwen and I went separate ways and I began skating with Debby
Moyer. Her brother, Doug Moyer was our Pro and the son of Ed Moyer
who owned Semoran
Skateway in Casselberry, Florida.
Debby and I skated our first competition
in March of 1979, at the Southern Regional's meet in Mobile Alabama.
We took the Southern Regional's silver medal for Intermediate American
Style Compulsory Dance.... which qualified us for Nationals!
On August 8, 1979, Debby and I skated National
competition in the Intermediate division and took 17th place. I would
like to have scored higher; however, that was out of the entire U.S. ...
so I am not really complaining! Just 3 years earlier I could not even
skate backwards and everyone had told me there was no way that I could
aspire to competing against skaters who had been skating all their lives.
They did not know what kind of determination I had, nor how much telling
me "you can't" would motivate me to prove them
I thought I would be skating more
competitions in the future, but fate did not work out for me in
that way. I left the U.S. Navy active duty and went to work for
Orange County Florida in April of 1979.
With this change, I could no longer
afford to maintain my skating goals. I tried for 2 or 3 years to
get re-integrated. I took a few continuing lessons, including lessons
from Dan Little. Dan and his partner, Fleurette Arseneault, were
3-time World Champions and took the Gold Medal in the 1979 Pan American
Game in San Juan as well. I was very proud to have him teach me.
this link to see winners of various events
of the Pan-Am games of 1979
Session Skating at Semoran Skateway in
In 1994 I was involved in a major
car accident and was severely injured. I have never skated since.
See my wreck
web site for more about that horrific affair...
This is where I get to show off my test medals that I was awarded
for various levels achievement.
There are only these few, unfortunately. My skating "career"
only lasted about 3 years,
otherwise I would surely have passed all of my Dance tests and hopefully
all of the Figure tests.
Maybe I could even have finished my Singles (free-style) test!
These medals have surely changed over the years,
but these are what the looked like in my time.
Lee & Gwen Sun State Roller Rink
Orlando, Florida - 1977-78
During a Practice Session...
Below are some motion
picture segments filmed by Bill Maddison at Sun State Roller Rink
in late 1977, of me and Gwen. I had only been skating for about six
months at this time. The movies were taken on 8mm film. Twelve years
later converted to VHS and it was not until this time that I got to
see the film for the first time!
Click the video once to view within this site. Click a
second time to vew the full size video on