So, when Susan saw one of the kids on the block who had a “board with wheels” rolling down the street she asked me if I could make her one - I of course said Yes.
Simple enough, back then we had roller skates that were all metal. They had an adjustable rail to fit them over your shoe and that’s what we skated with. Susan donated her set of skates and I found a board in my Dad’s pile of woodworking lumber and set off to the garage to fashion my older sister a skateboard.
First, I had to cut the board into a shape that loosely resembled a long rectangle. Then, it was all about “Modifying” those skates. Off came the straps, and the metal slide – a very large hammer would help me "convince" the metal brackets to lay down and be quiet – and they did. Some screw assembly and a few nails and it was ready for a test ride.
I called Susan out to the garage to test out her new skateboard. She was so excited that she jumped right on. The board promptly slid out from under her feet and she hit the floor with a loud “thump” followed quickly by an ear piercing scream the likes of which I have not heard again to this day.
Ok, so I got grounded – again. I’m not sure how it happened, but in addition to my traditional post invention grounding, I had to cut the grass for two weeks to earn enough money to buy Susan a new pair of skates.
Life is simply not fair sometimes – but somehow the experiences make it all worthwhile.