Roland "Commander" Sykes
June 1st, 1953 - March 10th, 2008
Wizard, Bit Twiddler, Philosopher, Teacher, and most fun of
The Bus Driver for ADAPT
From: Amber Smock
Roland was a pretty important part of my first National Action, in Nashville. When the Chicago group arrived at the airport, I looked at Rahnee Patrick and asked her how we were getting to the hotel. She said, "Get on the bus!" So I looked around and saw...the Big White Cloud. Yep. As a walking person, I waited for chairs to be loaded on first...so I saw two get loaded on, then three, then four...and then someone told me to get on, so I hopped in and realized the darn thing was fully accessible. Then three or four more wheelchair users got on, and then Roland finally sat up front and drove us to the action...I got my first look at Nashville sitting on Roland's stove. It was one of the most important rides of my life.