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238: Tom Groholski gymnast plant circa 1986 Japanese Robot Vision ad

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Tom Groholski gymnast plant circa 1986 Vision add

When this appeared in Thrasher I was blown away for a myriad of reasons:

1. It was Tom doing a sick gymnast plant.

2. It had Team Steam’s Stevie D’s board graphics.

3. and last it had Japanese Robot toys which myself, Ben, and weepee where really into (we actually bought a bunch from Glen Danzig in NYC once…long story)

thanks for sending this one Bernie
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144: Noside (Edison NJ) Skate Jam 1986 Derek Rinaldi and Mike Valelly

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Derek Rinaldi and Mike Valelly Launch Ramp Edison Skate Jam 1986

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I think the year was 1985 or 86. Mike had organized this skate jam at a school in Edison. Jim Murphy, Rodney Smith were also on hand. More pics to follow.The ramp was a section I think from Groholski’s ramp. Not sure how it who brought it.

OK soooo this is about as New Jersey as it gets!!! If you were there let me know I want to dig up more pics from this seminal event.

Thanks Derek!

Those were the days…


Yes, I remember this event… I was sponsored by Powell Peralta at this point but if you notice that is not a Powell Peralta board I’m riding. I think I was skating Rodney’s Action East deck… For some reason I didn’t have a board of my own that day. Perhaps I was in-between packages.


I loosely set the event up. Just put the word out that we were jamming. We had a good turn out. Groholski’s dad brought the quarter pipe. Me and Rinaldi were the only guys able to go over the top. I actually used it as a jump ramp… Pretty radical back then and even today.


The cops came and shut us down later in the day. Steve Kasper did a street plant off the back of the cop car. I think Rinaldi has a picture of that.


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— Mike V

Oh yea… I actually think that was 1986… I was on Powell Peralta so it had to be… Also, my haircut and pink wristband on right wrist are tell tale signs that it was 1986.And that’s a gray Powell Peralta Bones Brigade Team Shirt I’m wearing… I wouldn’t have bought that… That shit was free.

— Mike V

Thanks Derek…Thanks Mike

Checkout Mike on tour and check out his band Revolution Mother!!

Always a pleasure being in touch…(send more stuff..he he)

he he I just got it noside=Edison backwards…clever!

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65: Why Team Steam?: Jim Murphy at The Barn 1986 or so.

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Jim Murphy Back side straight leg air at the Barn Newjersey 1986

Photograph Ben Cornish

On Deck: Dan Tag (Alva Helmet)

Terra Firma: Jimmy Kane, Rick “Steam Boat” Charnoski, an injured (knee) Chris “WEEP” Blank, and and Kelly powell.

I remember the night in the Barn when Ben was hanging out over the deck on the photo platform. Jim was talkin’ to Rick Charno and Weeps was sitting on the couch next to Rick. Then it looks like some girl (maybe Kelly Powell). The very next shot (or previous shot) was of Murf cracking a big BS air . Chest high 4+ ft. out. His back leg was kicked out straight. Murf never had head gear. He would wear this French beret thing. This was pre dreads and pre sponsor. Prototype graphics. Tags head is in the same spot and you can see Weeps and a Betty. It was cold. Maybe snow outside. The Steam in the air was Tags breath. I bet Weeps was hurt or he would be riding too. I have this photo (thanks to Ben and the Graphic Art room) in an 8×10. Yes, I took that class too. The Best!

Dennis Kane

Thanks Dennis!

Yep Weep hurt his knee and was using a cane at the time. He would work the clutch in The Weeper Wagon with the cane at the time.

(Inside Baseball Alert) The class Dennis is referring too is Mr. Abella’s Graphic arts class at Watchung Hills Regional Skate academy/high school where everyone went in NJ.

SO Why Team Steam?….

Team Steam came about on a road trip to a viginia beach contest one summer (85 or 86) me, tag, capn’(John Ballon), and charno(Rick Charnoski) were hangin’ around lynhaven ramp with nothing to do and nowhere to stay as usual and we were talking about the earlier session and we thought charnos aggro style was akin to a steamboat. So right after nick naming him Steamboat we included all of ourselves and made team steam appointed john the captain etc. etc. I can’t remember if the moose(Darren Menditto) was there or not but outside of us four he was the next to be on.

Bernie O’Dowd

Thanks Bernie!!

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Bernie O’Dowd and Chris WEEP Blank Dorkin Around circa 1987
Super 8 footage by Ben Cornish
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Team Steam at Matt Klein’s New jersey Circa 1987
Super 8 from Ben Cornish

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