Derby girl beatdown

Wow! It certainly was fantastic to read about the Florida Rollergirls in the Weekly `"Fast and dirty," Sept. 7`. Or was it the No Coast Derby Girls? How wonderful that Cass Traitor had an example of such a successful league to which we could be compared. That is exactly what we so anxiously anticipated when we knew a former derby dame would be writing an exposé on our humble little group!

When I heard there was a derby league in my hometown, I was stoked to get the opportunity to kick ass and have fun. How silly of me to think I was joining a group of tough and determined sportswomen; I should be searching for the sexual sensationalists (after all, they make the big bucks, right?). Thank you so much, Ms. Traitor, for your expert insight and constructive criticism. We congratulate you on your newfound success as a journalist and want you to know that our offer for you to join is still good; that is, of course, if you can handle it.

Christian Rogman, Deltona

Brush with infamy?

The recent article about Eric Rudolph you featured in your Aug. 24 issue of Orlando Weekly was memorable `"A hero in his own mind"`. I was a college student during the manhunt in the Appalachian Mountains around Murphy and Andrews, N.C. My home was near Cleveland, Tenn., and I would commute over to that area to visit friends and hike and bike around the area surrounding the Nantahala River. I recall one long weekend a friend and I were hiking a 35-mile section of the Appalachian Trail. It was the winter after Rudolph was declared an FBI most wanted fugitive, and that area was peppered with FBI agents. The stores where camping supplies were carried were all out of gear because the feds had bought them all out. There were black Suburbans and guns everywhere.

Scott Freeman's descriptions of the mountains and details like "crisp autumn air" brought back memories of those mountains and the aura surrounding them. I even recall a weekend on the trail when a tired, scruffy-looking individual approached us and asked for any food we could spare. He said he had missed his mail drop. We gave him some food and as he wandered away we looked at one of those posters. We couldn't help but notice the similarities between that individual and the poster. We shrugged it off as if it were just our paranoia. I'll always remember that weekend as the time when I thought I might have seen Rudolph in person.

David Achata, via the Internet

Department of Corrections

Our Aug. 31 story, "Impertinent questions," incorrectly stated that Orlando Performing Arts Center, Inc. had not conducted a scientific poll to determine whether or not Central Florida residents indeed wanted an arts center. They conducted one the week before the Aug. 22 pitch to the Orange County Commission, in which 68 percent of responders said they would attend events at the arts center, and 71 percent supported using tourist taxes to pay for the $376 million project.

In the Sept. 7 cover story, "Fast and dirty," the quote, "The refs fucked us!" was inaccurately attributed; the speaker was Michelle Captian. Also, the president of Florida Rollergirls, Ivy Foust, was not identified.

Also in Sept. 7, in Elf Power story by Daniel Fuller, "A rural adolescence," it was noted that the band's bassist (Laura Carter) was the girlfriend of bandleader Andrew Reiger. This was true many years ago, but is not true now, though the two are still involved in the band and in the Orange Twin project.

And the four stars awarded to the film Broken Bridges by Jason Ferguson in the Sept. 7 issue were a mistake — it was a two-star flop.


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