Phyllis Goggins was a sassy, street-smart Hartford teenager when a corporate public relations strategy changed her life. She traveled to London, curtsied to the Queen, and won the title of the world's fastest jump roper.
Double Dutch — a superfast jump-rope game especially popular among city girls, was her passport to fame.
She had started classes this fall to become a registered nurse, the career she adored, but died Sept. 10. She was a Hartford resident and was 46.
Goggins grew up in Stowe Village and Charter Oak Terrace, two Hartford housing complexes. In the 1980s, "The Vill" was tough, but Goggins was tougher. When she was attacked, she fought...