Name: Man o’ Pause
Age: young at heart
What do you do for the league?
I shoot bout video, help with track setup, and assist in training the fresh meat.
Where did you grow up?
What do you do for a living?
“...get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out...” [Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin in ‘Sleepless in Seattle’]
What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
(Very) amateur photography and videography, playing guitar.
What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I played little league baseball as a kid and basketball in junior high and high school.
Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
While growing up I skated with kids in the neighborhood, and I skated a handful of times as a teenager.
What is a fun fact about you?
I’ve been a jet fighter pilot, rock star, philanthropist, Amazon jungle explorer, mountain climber, NATO peacekeeper, and robotic combat competitor, as well as a roller derby skater,
A guitar with hi-gain humbuckers, a cable, and a vintage 50 watt Marshall stack running wide open.
If you had a secret power, what would it be?
The power to know everybody else’s secret power!
How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
It happened incidentally. I was at the Orange Street fair in Sept 2006 and some OCRG skaters were handing out cards promoting their very first exhibition bout. I went to see that bout and thought “This is awesome!” Their MySpace page (Remember that?) indicated that they were practicing at a roller hockey rink nearby in Irvine. I went to their practice and asked if they might like somebody to shoot video for them, and they said “Yes.” Before long the skaters started razzing me about “When are you gonna start skating?” So I bought skates in June 2007...and here we are!
How long have you been involved with derby?
I joined OCRG (predecessor to OCR “D”) in December 2006.
What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
It just came to me one night at Rollercon 2008 and is in reference to my being a videographer.
What's the meaning behind your number?
The “pause button” icon looks like the number eleven with a circle around it.
What is your favorite derby story so far?
I’ll just say that “What happens in derby, stays in derby.”
In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I feel very fortunate to have made an almost full recovery after suffering a debilitating spinal cord injury back in 2014. It happened at derby practice while participating in something I loved. Although I no longer “play” derby, I am still able to participate by assisting in training fresh meat. I strive to be a nurturing and positive force in all of the new skaters’ derby adventures.
What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Be safe and have fun!