As many of you know, we lost our greatest champion of the roller skating business when Bill Carlson passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. His last column for The RINKSIDER appears in our November-December issue, written before most of us even knew he was ill. We will miss Bill terribly – his passion, his humor, his vision, his optimism and his boundless generosity with his time and wisdom. A full pictorial feature on Bill’s life in the roller skating industry will appear in our January-February 2015 issue. We invite anyone who knew Bill to post here (or email to us at Rinksider@gmail.com) a short quote about Bill. Please keep you quote limited to 45 words, as we would like to use all the quotes we receive. Thank you!
The Queen of Soul loves to skate! Aretha Franklin has released her latest recording, and in it, she sings of her many loves in life: ham hocks and collard greens, garlic toast, and roller skating. The album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, has the artist covering Adele’s mega-hit, Rolling In the Deep, and other favorites. Known for rink hits like Respect and Think, Franklin looks to continue with re-energized popularity. For more, visit http://x.co/5gEtH, http://x.co/5gEuQ, Facebook.com/arethafranklin and Twitter.com/ArethaFranklin.
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RINKSIDER Hot Spot columnist Art Snyder shares the following:
With seven Grammies, huge pop and country crossover appeal, monster social media buzz, and a new album — 1989 — Taylor Swift has roared into the entertainment spotlight brighter than ever. As part of her outreach this fall, Swift is appearing with Ryan Seacrist on his top-rated radio program, with more than 170 affiliates nationwide. (And, she is the spokeswoman for Diet Coke, detailed below.) Rinks everywhere can jump on the Taylor Swift bandwagon during a host of sessions throughout the week, and be sure to feature 1989 and promote Diet Coke. Everyone wins! For more, visit http://x.co/5eSW2 for a 1989 snippet. Visit YouTube.com/user/taylorswift and MTV.com/artists/taylor-swift for more music. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/taylorswift13. Also visit TaylorSwift.com and Facebook.com/TaylorSwift.