This win caught the eye of Deborah Johnson, founder of Granny & Robotroid, Inc., a Robot, Boogaloo and Strutting group founded in 1975 that won The Gong Show in 1977.
“Granny” took Lonnie under her wing and began to share the closely guarded "stepping" secrets of Granny & Robotroid’s style, which is when Lonnie asked if he could adopt the street name “Fillmore Kid” from one of the most revered shot-callers in the neighborhood.
Deborah told Lonnie that she saw him alone as one to be counted upon to preserve Strutting culture for future generations: a charge he personally took to heart at the early age of 12.
From that point, his career took off and he was trained by members of each of San Francisco’s legendary groups from Live, Inc. and Close Encounters of the Funkiest Kind to Diabolical Soldiers and Demons of the Mind who, along with his own group P-T 3000, would cement his legacy as one of the baddest Strutters the Fillmore District had ever seen.
To this day, Lonnie Green is one of the only SF Strutters to have consistently remained both active and relevant in the world of dance for the last 40 years.