can I say "yuck" here?
I read it. There have been many variations and oddities throughout history. Most new ideas are not new at all. Yes, inlines existed in very small numbers 'back then'. They were generally just experimental.
Traditionalists, like me, who disdain today's inlines regret the lack of tradition. Those who buy and shoot those bubble packed, plastic stocked monstrosities do so only to extend their deer hunting season.
I won't go on. I think the NMLRA, of which I am a member, has made a serious mistake endorsing (modern) inlines.