• "The Portlandian" - September 9, 2021 edition

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    The Portlandian, the Internet's premier source of Tonya News

    September 9, 2021 Edition
    (C) 2021 Portland Ice Skating Society
    http://www.pdxiss.org *****************************************************************

    Welcome to another edition of The Portlandian. We're now three-
    quarters of the way through 2021, and already it's shaped up to
    be another stinker, with Covid proving it still has plenty of
    steam left. Oh, for the '90s when Delta was a type of Oldsmobile.
    Thank God for ABBA saving the year from being a complete write-
    off with the announcement of some new music and a virtual tour
    after almost forty years on hiatus. But in the meantime, there's
    lots to be positive about with a new development from Tonya!


    JOE HARAN: 1944 -2021

    But first, we must begin this issue on a rather somber note: it
    is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Joe
    Haran, who was a casualty of the recent record-breaking
    temperatures experienced in the Pacific Northwest area. Although
    this article doesn't mention it, Joe was a leading figure in the
    original Tonya Harding Fan Club back in the 1990s, including
    serving as an editor of the club's magazine, The Skater:

    https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2021/07/the-last-days-of-joe-haran-steve-duin-column.html

    Joe was born in the New York area and his family broke up after
    his father died when he was 12. He had a distinguished career in
    the print and broadcast media in the Portland area before ill-
    health regrettably forced his early retirement. Prior to this, he
    graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in
    Eugene, Oregon, and served in Vietnam where he received several
    decorations for his military service. His journalism credits
    include positions as a staff reporter for "The Oregon Spectator"
    monthly newspaper in Oregon City; news director at KGAL-AM radio,
    Albany, OR; chief writer at "GrassRoots" monthly news-magazine,
    Salem, OR; news editor at "The Stayton Mail" weekly newspaper,
    Stayton, OR; announcer and reporter at KOIN-AM and KOIN-FM News
    Departments, Portland, OR; news presenter, producer and reporter
    for KEZI-TV News Department, Eugene, OR and producer and reporter
    for KOIN-TV News Department in Portland.

    In addition he also did freelance work for "PDXS" (a fortnightly
    newspaper in Portland), "The Oregon Spectator" monthly newspaper,
    Oregon City; CBS New York; "The Lake Oswego Review" weekly
    newspaper, Lake Oswego, OR and the weekly newspaper "The Portland
    Observer". His voluntary journalism work includes editing
    "Welcome Home", a monthly newsletter for the Steven F. Worley
    Chapter 392 of Vietnam Veterans of America Incorporated; reporter
    for "The ZooDoer" monthly newsletter, Metro Washington Park Zoo;
    special correspondent for "The Oregon Daily Emerald" newspaper,
    at the University of Oregon and sports editor of "The Bridge"
    weekly newspaper, Portland Community College.

    Joe initially heard about Tonya in the wake of the triple axel,
    and identified with her because of his own deprived upbringing.
    In December of 1992 he became aware of a proposal by Elaine Stamm
    a retired charm school teacher, to form a fan club. And it was
    through this connection that we got to know him, with him sending
    us a large amount of Tonya-related material, including several
    issues of The Skater which you can read at the link below. We
    also have since obtained several other issues that we hope to put
    on line when we get the time (even Joe didn't have a complete
    set). He also sent us some photos from his time in the fan club
    and a series of emails detailing his memories of being part of
    Team Tonya, which we published under the title of "The Haran
    Chronicles" in the early 2000's:

    http://pdxiss.org/skater.htm

    http://pdxiss.org/haranphotos.htm

    We have therefore created this special section of our web site to
    honor his memory and his work as a Tonyaphile, gathering together
    as much of his Tonya-related writings and other materials as
    possible in one place. We have some other odds and ends that he
    sent us that we hope to upload soon.

    http://pdxiss.org/haran.htm

    For those in the Portland area who wished to honor Joe in person,
    there was a full military committal ceremony for him on August 16
    at the Willamette National Cemetery.


    ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES ON THE REINSTATE TONYA HARDING FACEBOOK
    GROUP

    Joe is not the only Tonyaphile that we regrettably report has
    passed. We recently became aware that Mickey Davis, the founder
    of the Reinstate Tonya Harding Facebook group, died back in
    November last year. Unfortunately, we never got to know Mickey as
    well as Joe, but when he founded the group back in January 2018
    (presumably after seeing "I, Tonya") he wrote the first message,
    which reveals that like us, he objected to the injustice that
    Tonya has suffered over the years:

    Okay I've had enough. If you really want to see how women are
    treated unfairly and grossly differently look at Tonya
    Harding. No other male athlete has ever been treated like
    this. She is not allowed to work on the ice, even as an
    advisor FOR LIFE. Can you think of any male athlete banned for
    life from even coaching in the sport in which they excelled
    globally? We will get her reinstated. First we need a group.
    Please join the group now.

    In the wake of Mickey's passing, Gisa Zur Nieden of Germany and
    myself have taken over as group admins.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/169663980317930/


    TONYA MAKES A CAMEO APPEARANCE

    Tonya has now joined Cameo! For those of you who aren't familiar
    with it, Cameo is a platform that enables fans to get customized
    videos from their favorite celebrities. That's right - for a
    small fee, you can now have Tonya send a personalized message of
    your choice upon request! What could be a better gift for a
    special occasion - a wedding, birthday, passing an exam - than
    greetings or congratulations from our skating idol?

    https://www.cameo.com/therealtonyaharding

    Note that only stuff that's in good taste will be accepted -
    jokes about "breaking a leg" will presumably be off the agenda. A
    couple of examples of what you can expect have already been
    posted to Instagram:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTD7nOnnqof/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTD7RZVHNxD/ (Bigfoot Magazine)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTQl5_bnBlw/ (Michael Meggison,
    Rochester, NY)

    A litle bird tells us on good authority that a certain other
    skater from the greater Boston area is charging $5 more than
    Tonya for her Cameo messages, so as usual Tonya is much better
    value than the competition!

    Meanwhile, in this photo, UK Tonyaphile Alison Davies proudly
    models her Tonya t-shirt she got from Fan Arch:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQq1djTFbdy/

    We've also been advised that Tonya will soon have photos
    available to purchase through Fan Arch in the near future, so
    there's more to look forward to:

    https://fanarch.com/collections/tonya-harding


    MUSICAL TONYA

    Tonya and her career have long been an inspiration for musicians
    - Brockhampton and Sufjan Stevens have both released songs about
    her in the wake of the "I, Tonya" film. Now rap group
    $uicideboy$ have joined in with a track entitled "If Self-
    Destruction Was an Olympic Event, I'd Be Tonya Harding" on their
    new album "Long Term Effects Of Suffering". Although Tonya's name
    is in the title and appears in the video, she is not mentioned in
    the song itself:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cfi78LonN8

    This isn't the only time that Tonya has been referenced in rap -
    there's at least 12 other known instances mentioned in this
    article. Last year J. Galore released a track titled after her,
    and a rapper by the name of Emma Carroll, aka "Lil Freckles",
    sampled Nancy's post-whack wailing in her song "Classic Case" in
    2015:

    https://noisey.vice.com/en_au/article/bry8w6/nancy-kerrigan-versus-tonya-harding-a-beef-timeline

    J. Galore - "Tonya Harding" (feat. YOUNGMANI) (2020)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2izQf71llg

    Lil Freckles - "Classic Case" (2015):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZTrIL8VX2I

    Punk band Tonya and the Hardings, from Denton Texas, appears in
    this next video. What's interesting is that the singer is a real
    Tonya, a music therapist called Tonya Blum:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQWw3SwH8-R/

    https://www.instagram.com/tonya_suz/

    https://www.coyotemusicstudio.com/

    As you can see, this Tonya does a mean pogo!

    It's not the first case of another real Tonya being inspired by
    our Tonya. Back in 2019, one Tonya Geesman of Chicago dressed up
    as our Tonya for Halloween:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B4JQ1kjFzVv/

    This track from New Zealand artist Mercedes Cambridge doesn't
    mention Tonya, but apparently the cover of this cassingle is
    inspired by her:

    Nick Harte (nick___harte)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQNXYXTMabz/
    https://soundcloud.com/opal-tapes/mercedes-cambridge-prelati

    "I, Tonya" has also inspired numerous mashups and edits from
    various fans. Some of these are actually better than the official
    trailer. A few months ago, we had Tonya & Black Sabbath - now
    what about...

    Tonya and Blondie:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQwB9siDzlT/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQqjo7XjH4q/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CSjX9Irjtiq/

    Tonya and The Kinks:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CPoBfoJjBM5/

    Tonya and Queen - and let's face it, Sebastian Stan does look
    rather like Freddie with his mustache:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CPqYP6hAMdx/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTZ37YCHQxJ/

    Tonya and The Stones:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CSZ1IGKrdFZ/

    Tonya and Hall & Oates:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTaofSCJL_U/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTazzwzAbDC/

    Tonya and AC/DC:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CSR-IqLszFt/

    We don't know how long these will be up for, so enjoy them while
    they last.


    ODDS AND ENDS CLEAROUT

    In this next section, we've collected a bunch of odds and ends,
    mostly from Instagram, that we've had sitting around for some
    time because they haven't really fitted anywhere else. So let's
    take the opportunity to unload them here:

    - the "I, Tonya" house location in Chamblee, GA.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CLX5XqqBxSe/

    As you can see, it's nowhere near as grotty-looking in real
    life as it appeared on screen.

    - also in that part of the country, frame 7 is a signed Tonya
    skate, in Savannah GA.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CL4U-PqhX0V/

    - a Sharp Edges review: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLz5WyZFrvz/

    - Sarah Coronado James (gretagnp) - reminisces about celebrities
    she's met at the Alamo Drafthouse, including Tonya:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CL-A8ChFllY/

    - Kristi tries a triple axel in training - and fails - proving
    that it's not as easy as it looks (and it doesn't look easy):

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CMX34CCHy9b/

    - nostalgic.atbest - Tonya shows how it should be done in this
    triple axel compilation:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CCnzXnSnKOS/

    There's quite a bit of other Tonya on that channel as well.

    - An actual Lillehammer ice skating silver medal (albeit for just
    speedskating, not real skating):

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CPEAtBOnjMi/

    - Larry Clark (primitivemodern) Tonya's Spam carving (yes, it's a
    thing) of a monster truck back in 2007.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTgPDOjHtw3/

    Larry says "Facebook reminds me that it's the seventh (sic)
    anniversary of the greatest photograph ever taken."


    CANUCK COMICS TAKE ON THE INCIDENT, EH?

    Before Allison Janney, others had a crack at impersonating
    LaVona, such as in this sketch, which aired on CBC's satire show
    "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" on January 31, 1994. Interestingly,
    she accurately foretells of Tonya's trouble with her skate laces
    at the Olympics:

    S1E13 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2eeipl?start=165

    Tonya and The Incident were also referenced a few other times
    that season:

    S1E11 1994-01-17
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ee8lo?start=40

    S1E12 1994-01-24 https://youtu.be/5Wa6oI6aLWo?t=685

    S1E14 1994-02-21 https://youtu.be/2eFgBNfqEuA?t=110

    The rest of the shows probably don't make much sense unless
    you're familiar with Canadian politics of the era. And if there's
    one thing that's even more boring than New Zealand politics, it's
    Canadian politics.


    TONYA ART TO FEATURE IN SARATOGA SPRINGS ART SHOW

    Some Tonya-related art works will feature in an exhibition to be
    held in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday 11. The event will
    feature artists and musicians who are all doctors from the
    Saratoga Hospital. Four of the pieces in the exhibit, by Dr.
    Steve Offord, feature Tonya. The Art Show will not only have an
    enormous amount of work from Dr. Offord but also art and original
    music from his colleagues. It's all being filmed for a
    documentary that will look at art as a way of healing:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CRtd2c7JC1u/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CRjYTBbJFpj/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CP5m54np9O9/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CSHdblHAj4Y/


    And now for the rest of our regular Tonya fan art roundup:

    (steelmanure) Earlier this year, a picture of Tonya appeared in
    Vancouver, BC, Canada. Not quite sure how it fits in with Exclaim
    magazine, which is a music mag:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CLzR-yShOZ1/

    Ash (aishlingdraws) London, UK
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CO5SJbphoEo/
    Delighted to be part of another @artholecardiff zine. 70 odd
    pages packed with illustrations, photography and writing on
    the theme Gnarrly!

    Retro Blvd (_retroblvd) "I, Tonya"
    - A still from a press conference with Olympic figure skater
    Tonya Harding in 1991, following her silver medal at the World
    Figure Skating Championships, featured in Time Magazine.
    - The badge is 38mm diameter - the perfect size for pinning to a
    jacket or bag! 2.50 + postage.
    - Comment or DM to purchase!
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CPJRmYOtdL8/

    Max (muxsi_lol) - "I, Tonya" pencil sketch
    - https://www.instagram.com/p/CPWSJmHBci9/

    Shaun Craike (shancraikeart) - Tonya pencil sketch
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQC1muChF1W/
    LUNCHBREAK CHALLENGE. Draw up a portrait during my 30 minute
    lunchbreak. Last week's (Yeah, this one took a while) subject:
    Tonya Harding. (I finally watched I, Tonya. I loved it).

    Neon Art Gallery (neon_posters) alternative film poster
    - https://www.instagram.com/p/CQIn4PVj1-8/ by @nachtkartoffel
    (Thomas Christian)

    Suite Gallery (suite.co.nz) Wellington NZ - Lithograph by Richard
    Lewer, Tonya Harding, 2020. 760 x 560 mm, $2100NZD unframed.
    Not bad, but I wouldn't pay that much for it - it's no better
    than a lot of the fan art that's here.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQK3xtesaF5/

    http://suite.co.nz/richard-lewer-dirty-cheating-dogs

    "Tonya Harding was an impressive ice skater with unmatched
    athleticism. She was the first woman to attempt and land a
    triple axel but was pitted against her fellow competitor Nancy
    Kerrigan who was the darling of 1990's American ice-skating.
    In January 1994, Tonya Harding's ex-husband hired a hit man
    to club Nancy Kerrigan's knee during practice for the U. S.
    Women's Championships in Detroit. The injury temporarily took
    Kerrigan out of competition but Harding was banned from
    competing for life - she has always maintained that she did
    not know about the attack before it happened."

    Kanon (kanon.n0n) - see final frame
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQL9dG1H9lC/

    Anna Buntin (anna.l.buntin) Nashville TN. Nancy looms over Tonya
    in this role-reversal print.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQkftpoD64q/

    Gigi Ortega (gigisantosortega) - a Margot montage, featuring
    Tonya
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ1D659JT0O/

    atelier_de_julien - pixelart
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ4GuO4I0TX/

    Pop Culture Prints (popcultureprnts) - triple axel
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ6N4dCgGjc/

    treasurehuntingpdx - a Tonya/Bob Packwood t-shirt from 1994.
    Packwood was a sleazy Oregon politician who was accused of sexual
    misconduct.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ9Hjc7NaUI/

    Melissa Figueira Ferreira (_themworld) - Lisboa, Portugal
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CROmdiRsUyk/

    Swipe to the legendary Tonya Harding's design.
    @therealtonyaharding No other skater can hypnotize me as
    much in the rink as she can, spend the years that pass and no
    matter what. Nor the athletes of today. I would love to be
    able to send you this drawing one day! The curly girl, on the
    right, is my childhood friend @sandambi

    Hayze Taylor (rockymoon.ht)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CRVDfG3AA9m/
    margot robbie as tonya harding in "I, tonya", september 2020,
    a gift for a friend

    pixie_marmalade - Azerbaijan - triple axel
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CRWxWSLrTtn/

    Nomura (nomura2054) LaVona & parrot
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CRvNxXHDHac/

    Laura Bielaczyc (laurabielaczyc) Nashville TN
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CR5OpnOBXtJ/

    "That moment you realize you've done the work, but you have no
    idea what the work has done to you. I had such a great time
    attempting to be @therealtonyaharding working the I, Tonya
    scene in @nashvilleactingstudio class! I can't wait to work on
    it again next week! That first pic is me about to get my head
    slammed into the table. Keep scrolling for all the intense cry
    pics! I didn't want to post the video, because it's pretty
    intense and possibly hard to watch."

    Miranda (younggrandma_) Michigan
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CR9cxFgrcwE/
    https://www.mirandalehlart.com/

    "Growing up I used to watch figure skating and remember
    hearing about Tonya Harding, so I was excited to create my
    twist on her portrait based off of Margot Robbie in I,Tonya.
    Thanks again!"

    Sarah Jane (saroj_little_scars) Modi`in, Israel
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CR_YNt0tsbe/

    c_a_t_s_enterprises - Devotion t-shirts "Very pumped about
    hitting up the su-su-studio to make more of these gems"
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CSO3deLrTFY/

    Joe Perry (the frackymack) Fresno, CA. Tonya/Nancy flip-flops
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CSQVTJLF1yB/

    Syd's film Journal (journal.by.syd) "I, Tonya" collage
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CSShXyghueE/

    Earl Gary Art (earlgaryart) - coasters
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CScjQoapXn1/

    Dustin Pilkington (grovvybabyyah) 90s tabloid t-shirt
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CScvmgiFXPn/

    Alice (squarecowpainting) - "I, Tonya" poster
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CS4m7myMxlY/
    "humbled to exist in the margot robbie cinematic universe"

    Angel Cardoso (lench214) Tonya montage
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CS5htRAsBIA/

    "to me you should have gotten the gold medal you are the
    underdog you are the Cinderella of the figure skating world it
    was wrong how the way they treated you and you never back
    down. Much love and much respect to you."

    tonya_hardingfan - Tonya practicing for the ESPN Classic in
    Huntington, WV. in October 1999:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTNjoeXsJce/

    Todd Herzog (toddspopshop toddherzog) - a cute Tonya doll
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTXg9pSJ-Kw/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTXg-PKJr0j/

    "The fabulously big bangs era of the 90s Tonya Harding in her
    USA Winter Olympic uniform!"

    And last but definitely not least, it wouldn't be a Portlandian
    art roundup without a contribution from Gisa - three in fact this
    time:

    gisafrog - another Tonya collage
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CRL4o-zMBSy/

    "Yooptzah everybody (especially fellow Tonya Fans) , Here's a
    little Collage with a Portrait of the amazing
    @therealtonyaharding, still my favourite figure Skater
    forever. I used sparkly washi Tape, holo Cardboard and foam
    Rubber Stars and of course a Lot of glitter paint. Tonya, If
    you See this: Wish you an awesome day and I Hope it isn't too
    hot now where you live"

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CR6T1mrsfCZ/ and a few more scrunchies

    Gisa - nylon flowers
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CSozPQgMhfS/

    Yooptzah everybody (especially fellow Tonya Fans) ,
    Here are more Nylon flowers, this time inspired by the famous
    costumes of the amazing @therealtonyaharding.
    The pink one was of course inspired by Tonya's costume for the
    Short program at Skate America 1991 and I did the white-and-
    golden one after her free Skate costume.
    For those of you who didn't See the pride Rainbow flower:
    Those Nylon flowers were all the rage in the late 70s and
    early 80s, but I think the technique shouldn't be forgotten.
    I used Pantyhose fabric and Wire for the petals, metallic
    chenille wires for the centers and (of course) glitter paint
    for the decorations. Hope you like them.


    ABBASOLUTELY TONYALOUS - DIGGING THE SKATING QUEEN

    We started off by mentioning ABBA, and I think it's appropriate
    to finish by noticing that there's more than a few similarities
    between ABBA and Tonya:

    - both were brilliant at what they did;

    - both were popular with the public, but were never considered
    "cool" by the establishment in their respective fields. ABBA sold
    billions of records, but nobody with any pretensions of musical
    hipness would have ever admitted to liking them, even if they
    were secretly fans, as they were considered too white-bread,
    middle class and mainstream. The posers with their narrow ties,
    stovepipe trousers and copies of the New Musical Express would
    snort down their noses at ABBA while hiding their LP of "Voulez-
    Vous" in the sleeve of a Lou Reed album or suchlike. In Sweden,
    their work was dismissed as "schlager", a derogatory German term
    for lightweight pop music. Similarly, the skating snobs at the
    USFSA or on rec.sport.skating.ice.figure hated Tonya for the
    opposite reason, seeing her as an embarrassment because she
    wasn't middle class enough. In a way, being an ABBA fan in the
    late '70s was actually more subversive than being a fan of the
    Sex Pistols, in the same way that being a Tonyaphile in the early
    '90s was subversive in skating.

    - neither ever completely fell off the radar. Even after they
    fizzled out in the early 80s (they never formally broke up), ABBA
    albums remained in print, and indeed got a boost from being
    reissued on CD in the mid 80s. The two guys, Bjorn & Benny,
    continued to have success with other projects such as the musical
    "Chess". Likewise, Tonya continued to be in the news with
    comeback attempts, singing, acting, boxing, a book, operas and
    various documentaries.

    - in both cases, it's been Australia that has led the way in
    terms of rehabilitation of their image. One of the first ABBA
    tribute bands, Bjorn Again, came out of Australia, and it was two
    Aussie movies, "Muriel's Wedding" and "Priscilla, Queen of The
    Desert" in 1994 that also helped to revive interest. In the case
    of Tonya, it's been two Ockers, Craig Gillespie and Margot
    Robbie, who have led the charge in the Tonya revival.

    - both have been embraced by the LGBT community, perhaps because
    ABBA fans and Tonyaphiles were at one stage also outcasts who had
    to live a closeted existence and they recognize that both artists
    have been treated unfairly and not properly appreciated for their
    talents. There was a time in the 1980s where the only acceptable
    way you could be an ABBA fan was in an ironic, mocking sense,
    making fun of their cheesy costumes and Swedish accents.
    Similarly, no "respectable" skating fan could dare publicly
    defend Tonya in the wake of the Incident for many years without
    attracting similar odium.

    - both have seen new waves of fans come in over the years - in
    ABBA's case, following after the release of the "ABBA Gold"
    compilation in the early 90s and more recently in the wake of the
    musical "Mamma Mia" and its sequel. With Tonya, her fan club
    membership skyrocketed after The Incident, and in recent years
    has been bouyed by 20th anniversary documentaries such as "The
    Price of Gold" and Sarah Marshall's article "Remote Control". "I,
    Tonya" has seen yet another wave of fans discover her, with her
    Instagram account now clocking up more than 47,000 followers.

    ABBA will perform next year in a virtual concert featuring CGI-
    generated "Abbatars", based on how they looked in their prime at
    the end of the 1970s. It's perhaps fitting that this technology
    was developed by ILM, a company spawned by "Star Wars", the only
    pop culture phenomenon of that decade that was even bigger than
    ABBA and which has also endured such unexpected longevity. No
    doubt other aging acts will be closely watching to see how
    successful this technology is - could we eventually see the
    Rolling Stones continue to roll on, complete with a digitally-
    resurrected Charlie Watts on drums again? After all, why let a
    minor problem like death get in the way of continuing a hugely
    successful money-making franchise? And there's no reason why this
    same technology can't be applied to other fields like figure
    skating. Perhaps one day, future generations could enjoy a
    digital Tonya landing triple axels just like she did in '91. And
    if something as seemingly impossible as an ABBA reunion can come
    to pass, could even Tonya's life ban being rescinded and her
    induction into the Hall of Fame be completely off the table any
    more?

    Sure, it's probably about as likely as ABBA putting out an album
    of Swedish death metal, but it's an interesting idea to be
    pondered as we head into the third decade of the 21st Century, a
    time when it seems that the only thing we can expect anymore is
    the unexpected.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utA2s_jYUZY

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/whats-behind-abbas-staying-power-180969709/

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