Born on the West Side of Chicago, Tom Russo grew up in the western suburbs of Northlake, Elmhurst and Melrose Park, where he learned to skate with his two sisters, waiting each winter for the creek to freeze over. Over the years, he ice-skated and roller-skated on both quads and in-line skates. Today, as he travels, Russo seeks out local rinks to skate and feel the skate culture of those rinks and the communities they host. His skates of choice are quads!
His freelance writing topics range from hobby to professional, as well from recreation to the technical. Russo’s college career began at SIU in Carbondale where he graduated with an MS degree in public health and concluded with an MA degree in Homeland Security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. Tom currently lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and enjoys yearlong cycling and, of course, roller skating!