Forgotten Martyrs: The Holy Roller

Anthony Bologna of Queens, New York, was a gifted roller skater. He spent his Saturdays evenings translating dance moves he’d seen on American Bandstand into a wheeled outreach exhibition that

attracted nearly a dozen youth to his church where they may have been inspired to lead clean, sober lives. Sadly on May 21, 1977, Bologna succumbed to the very drink he skated to warn others about. While skate-dancing with headphones on, Bologna failed to hear a Budweiser truck backing into his alley. He did not survive. His skates are enshrined at his former church, now a pizza restaurant, where bartenders spin the wheels every time a Budweiser is ordered in memory of Anthony’s sacrifice.

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