Patti McGee has a lot of "firsts" to her name—first professional woman skateboarder, first woman inducted into the International Skateboarding Hall of Fame, and, in 1965 at the age of 19, the first skateboarder to appear on the covers of both Life and Skateboarder Magazine. As an amateur skater and race organizer, Di Dootson Rose highlighted the local skate scene, publishing the National Skateboard Review newspaper from 1976 to 1979. Both legends of the skate world, McGee and Dootson Rose offer their insights on being groundbreakers whose legacy is now preserved, thanks to generous donations from both women, in the National Museum of American History collections.
A production of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center. Written and hosted by Laurel Fritzsch, podcast program manager. Audio production by Laurel Fritzsch. Art Molella, executive producer. Joyce Bedi, webmaster. Di Dootson Rose and Patti McGee were originally interviewed on 21 June 2013. Theme music is “Toby’s Theme” and outro music is “Home,” both by Brandon Belman and used with permission. Podcast released on 7 March 2014.