If you’ve ever seen these images pop up on the internet, please know that this is NO ordinary “ol skool” skater.
When people were rolling to organ music in the 40’s, Bill Butler is the man that brought the funk and jazz to skating in Detroit and then most famously in New York. His artistry, skill and style inspired many of the popular incarnations of roller skating that exist today.
As these forms of roller skating become popular in various parts of the country, it’s important to honor it’s cultural origins and the unsung pioneers that have given roller skating it’s flavor and style.
If you skate, get to know Bill Butler:
Watch Bill skate: