Mobile Chernobyl is a member of the Windy City Rollers. You can see Mobile skating with her travel team, Third Coast, as Third Coast opens for CBB against the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Saturday, October 5 at the Lombard Roller Rink.
Mobile takes her derby name and number from her former life as a naval nuclear propulsion engineer. She had a chance to touch base with star CBB player, Adam Bomb, who is himself a nuclear engineer. See what happens when two nuke nerds and skaters collide particles.
Mobile: So let’s start off by sorting this out. You and I share a jersey number – U-235 – and both our derby names are nuclear related. Tell me about the inspiration behind your derby name.
Adam: My inspiration behind my derby name stems from my switch in professions following the recent great recession. I’m a structural engineer by trade and I used to design high end houses, fire stations, high schools, etc. I got laid off in 2009 and made a quick change to consulting for the nuclear industry. I’ve worked on nuclear weapons laboratories at Los Alamos and nuclear power plants all over the country. So, since switching industries and playing derby have been such large transitions in my life, it felt natural to tie the two together with my derby name.
Mobile: What has been your favorite derby moment since you started skating with the Bruise Brothers?
Adam: My favorite derby moment would have to be when nine of us CBB went to Detroit for the day to play a bout. It was fun to block almost every jam and see how close our group got. My second favorite derby moment is making it through our recent home bout and scrimmages with few penalties. I was ejected in the first bout CBB ever played against Green Bay last year. Since then I’ve tried to reduce my penalties as much as possible.
Mobile: What’s your favorite musician/album/song that you can’t get enough of right now?
Adam: I don’t usually listen to music. I usually have my ears plugged into WBEZ or WCPT.
Mobile: Yeah NPR! Rock on!