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Roller Derby

Linda Wingerter

Linda Wingerter

I met Linda Wingerter while performing at the Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. She is an artist, performer and book illustrator. I noticed the scar on her hand and asked her how she got it. She then told me the following story.

With the hand injury she learned to draw with her other hand. 

Visit her website or go to Amazon and put in her name and you will see the wonderful books she has illustrated.

Transcription

“Oh yeah... that's why I am famous, because of this hand actually. It was the infamous hand injury. So like five years ago I decided to take up Roller Derby, with my mild minded self decided to become a fighting girl and learn how to roller skate and met a bunch of girls who knew how to fight, we were practicing and I was in the forth position which is the back of the pack, so I was on roller skates chasing a bunch of girls and trying to knock them over and they all fell in front of me and instead of falling I had nowhere to go so I decided to launch myself over the pile of falling girls and landed down on the other side on my hand, on my one hand, on my right hand and when you look at your hand usually your middle finger is the longest so that's the finger pretty much took my whole body weight which at that time was something like 140 pounds and I had a wrist guard on and the hand broke back over the wrist guard and my middle finger broke.

Shattered....

Then little shards of bone pushed back up into my joint finger...

And my finger was pointing in a really funky direction...

And my finger was sideways and just hanging off my hand...

Then I went and started passing out...

And they said at the hospital this is really bad...

And I had to have surgery and that was the beginning of about 8 months of torturous stuff...

They had to give me a cadaver bone to fill in because I had no bone left in my finger. So my middle finger has someonelse's bone in it...

And then I had about 6 months of therapy to try to move my finger...

It's my middle finger and it was stuck up...

So I couldn't bend it, I could bend all my other fingers but that one from the surgery was stuck up, if I tried to make a fist, I would walk around with my middle finger up. So at the time I was going into schools with my book, teaching kids how to make a book and here I am holding the book up basically saying to the kids... fuck you!”