• "The Portlandian" - November 12, 2016 edition

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

    November 12, 2016 Edition - TWENTY YEARS OF AGGRESSIVE PRACTICE
    (C) 2016 Portland Ice Skating Society
    http://www.pdxiss.org *****************************************************************

    Welcome to the annual Birthday issue of "The Portlandian". This
    is a double anniversary - not only is it Tonya's 46th birthday,
    it also marks 20 years since the debut of "The Portlandian"
    itself.

    Way back in 1996, just two years after what was by then known as
    "The Whack", the world was a different place. As with now, it was
    a few days after a Presidential election, also involving a
    candidate named Clinton, but one which had a vastly different
    outcome. But the Internet barely existed in the minds of most
    people, and for those that had it, access was in the form of
    squawking dialup modems with dismal data speeds.

    A small group of Tonyaphiles decided they'd had enough. Enough of
    the inaccuracies and flat-out lies against Tonya being
    perpetrated in the media and newsgroups such as
    rec.sport.skating.ice.figure. They wanted a way of continuing to
    carry on the work of Elaine Stamm's by-then defunct Portland-
    based fan club. Using this fledgling technology, they decided to
    do something about it. "The Portlandian" was born.

    The early list members were a disparate bunch: most were, not
    surprisingly, from the United States: Chris Jefferson from
    Florida, David House from Texas, Charlie Main from Maine, Hattie
    Marcus from North Carolina and Paul Dizadji from Illinois were
    some early supporters. However, we even had subscribers from as
    far away as South Africa and Norway sign up early on (who are
    still on the list today, by the way). We were also contacted by
    members of Tonya's original fan club who supplied us with copies
    of "The Skater", the original printed Tonya fanzine, and other
    information.

    Others we'd like to thank for their support are Mike Amo and Leo
    from the Tonyaharding.org forums and long-time Tonyaphiles
    Michael Rosenberg and Linda Lewis, plus others who have chosen to
    remain private in their support of Tonya.

    Highlights from those 20 years are many and it's obviously hard
    to narrow it down to a few that can be included in a single
    issue, but here goes:

    - In our very first issue, on 12 November 1996, we reported how
    Tonya saved the day by performing CPR on an old lady who passed
    out in an Oregon bar:

    http://pdxiss.org/port1.htm

    - Our first big scoop was coverage of Tonya's pro debut when she
    skated at half time in a hockey match in Reno, NV. One of our
    operatives, Joe Sciambra, was present and gave us an exclusive
    report (Feb 1997):

    http://pdxiss.org/port6.htm

    - early 1998 saw Tonya meet Nancy Kerrigan face-to-face for the
    first time since Lillehammer in the "Breaking The Ice" special
    hosted by Fox:

    http://pdxiss.org/port13.htm

    - Unfortunately, not all of Tonya's "fans" were all that they
    seemed. In July 1999 we exposed a phony:

    http://pdxiss.org/port27.htm

    - Once again we had people rinkside at Tonya's first proper pro
    performance at an ESPN event in Huntington, WV in October 1999:

    http://pdxiss.org/port31.htm
    http://pdxiss.org/port32.htm
    http://pdxiss.org/port33.htm

    - Sad to say, the comeback did not last long, being derailed by
    the so-called "hubcap incident" (April 2000):

    http://pdxiss.org/port35.htm

    - In October of that same year, Tonya was interviewed for an
    internet radio station eYada.com. Unfortunately, the fates once
    again conspired against her, and the possibility of a talk show
    evaporated when the station went bust in the Dot Com collapse
    (Oct 2000):

    http://pdxiss.org/port39.htm

    - Tonya has often been the subject of vicious rumors circulated
    by unscrupulous "journalists", such as this one about her skating
    nude in Vegas that we debunked in June 2001:

    http://pdxiss.org/port43.htm

    - Tonya speaks out about 9/11 and signs minibats at an event:

    http://pdxiss.org/port44.htm

    - We dig out some of the earliest Tonya-related posts on Usenet
    (Dec 2001):

    http://pdxiss.org/port46.htm

    - In addition to supporting Tonya, we have also covered
    corruption in sports in general and the Olympic movement and
    skating establishment in particular. In February 2002 we devoted
    a large chunk of an issue to the Salt Lake City pairs skating
    scandal:

    http://pdxiss.org/port47.htm

    - Later that year, Tonya proved to be a ratings knockout when she
    pummeled Paula Jones on Fox's "Celebrity Boxing" show:

    http://pdxiss.org/port48.htm
    http://pdxiss.org/port49.htm

    - This sparked an attempt by Tonya in 2003 to launch a boxing
    career. Although it didn't take off, she did make a decent fist
    of it, with a record of 4 wins (3 decisions, 1 TKO) and 3 losses
    (2 knockouts, 1 decision):

    http://pdxiss.org/port51.htm
    http://pdxiss.org/port53.htm
    Jun 2003 - http://pdxiss.org/port54.htm
    Aug 2003: http://pdxiss.org/port55.htm

    - Jan 2004 was the 10th anniversary of "The Incident":

    http://pdxiss.org/port57.htm

    - One under-reported facet of Tonya's life that we have tried to
    focus on is her work for charities. An example of this was the
    Indy Ice hockey game, where Tonya raised money for charity with a
    fight (March 2004):

    http://pdxiss.org/port58.htm.

    She also skated in NY's Central Park to celebrate the 10th
    anniversary of Lillehammer.

    - By March 2005, Tonya's boxing career had degenerated into a
    farce, with an aborted fight against a drag queen in Florida.
    Once again, Tonya got ripped off, and never saw a dime from the
    event:

    http://pdxiss.org/port61.htm

    - Tonya raises more money for charity, this time in Morehead,
    Kentucky, where she partook in a fund-raising event for The
    People's Clinic, a free clinic serving the Morehead area (Feb
    2006):

    http://pdxiss.org/port64.htm

    - A chamber opera based on Tonya's life by Elizabeth Searle and
    Abigail Al-Doory makes its debut in Cambridge MA in May 2006:

    http://pdxiss.org/port65.htm
    http://pdxiss.org/port66.htm

    - Not all our Tonya coverage was deadly serious. A more light-
    hearted edition (April 2007):

    http://pdxiss.org/port69.htm

    - The bizarre life & death of Tonya's former agent, David Hans
    Schmidt (Oct 2007):

    http://pdxiss.org/port70.htm

    - By early 2008 the chamber opera had been completely retooled
    into a rock opera, and debuted in Portland complete with Tonya as
    guest of honor:

    http://pdxiss.org/port72.htm
    http://pdxiss.org/port73.htm

    - Proving that she's not just a one-trick pony, it's a little-
    known fact that Tonya actually is the holder of a land speed
    record in the Blown Vintage Gas Coupe class at Bonneville. She
    later returned to beat her own record the next year, which itself
    was only beaten this year by someone driving the same car:

    http://pdxiss.org/port74.htm (Aug 2008)
    http://pdxiss.org/port78.htm (Nov 2009)

    That year also saw the launch of her book, "The Tonya Tapes".

    - Tonya's visit to Douglas, Georgia (early 2009) where she caught
    a giant catfish and skated with local kids. Tonya later returned
    to Georgia to do a little drag racing the next year:

    http://pdxiss.org/port76.htm.
    http://pdxiss.org/port79.htm

    - Tonya receives the ultimate honor - being interviewed by talk
    show queen Oprah Winfrey (June 2009):

    http://pdxiss.org/port77.htm

    - Tonya ties the knot with Joseph Price (2010). A baby was soon
    on the way:

    http://pdxiss.org/port80.htm
    http://pdxiss.org/port82.htm

    - Tonya turns up in the strangest places, such as a promo for a
    Norwegian TV show in late 2010, along with alot of other late
    20th Century celebrities:

    http://pdxiss.org/port81.htm

    - Our 20th anniversary special (Jan 2014): -

    http://pdxiss.org/port86.htm

    - Tonya continues to get the attention of documentarians, such as
    ESPN's "Price of Gold" by Nanette Burstein (July 2014): -

    http://pdxiss.org/port89.htm

    - Two Brooklynites, Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen, inspired by
    Burstein's documentary, open a museum in their apartment hallway,
    drawing international attention (April 2015):

    http://pdxiss.org/port91.htm

    - A movie, starring Margot Robbie as Tonya, is announced (June
    2016):

    http://pdxiss.org/port94.htm

    In recent years, Tonya's public appearances have slowed down as
    she concentrates on the responsibility of raising a family. But
    95 issues on, "The Portlandian" is still going strong. Now a new
    generation of Tonyaphiles - the Millennials - are picking up the
    (collapsable) baton and carrying on Tonya's cause: people such as
    writer Sarah Marshall, museum curators Matt & Viviana, and
    perhaps even Margot Robbie. We'd like to think we've played a
    part in this, and that others will continue to disseminate the
    truth about Tonya in the years to come.

    There is an arguable case that we are now living in the most
    anti-establishment era since the 1960s, as people across the
    world turn against what they see as out-of-touch elites, whether
    it be "Brexit" in Britain, or supposedly "unelectable" candidates
    such as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump trouncing more mainstream
    political figures in the US. Perhaps it is no coincidence that
    the most anti-establishment figure skater, Tonya Harding, is now
    finally getting the attention she deserves.


    TONYA MOVIE'S DIRECTOR & FUNDING ANNOUNCED

    "Variety" is reporting that Australian director Craig Gillespie
    has signed on to the Margot Robbie Tonya movie:

    http://variety.com/2016/film/news/craig-gillespie-tonya-harding-margot-robbie-1201795299/

    We can't say we're really familar with his work, but he has done
    some serious stuff and his last film seems to have got okay
    reviews:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Gillespie

    Like Robbie, Gillespie is another Ocker. Strewth, cobber - it
    looks loike Tonya's loif story is being hijecked by Austroilians!
    Will the movie feature hoir as a former skater who goes to leeve
    as a crocodoile hunter in the Outbeck with a bunch of Aborigines?
    Or will she be bettling tribes of warring bad goiys in a post-
    apocalyptic future loike Med Mex? We'll hef to wait and see!

    Okay, enough with the fake Aussie accent - it was crap and
    sounded more like a South African anyway.

    In another development, Deadline Hollywood, which seems to be the
    source of most of the information about the upcoming Tonya movie,
    has announced that it has now obtained funding:

    http://deadline.com/2016/10/len-blavatnik-margot-robbie-i-tonya-craig-gillespie-tonya-harding-1201840530/

    Disturbingly, it's being described as a "comedy", whatever that
    might mean...

    Meanwhile, in an interview with "Glamour" magazine Margot Robbie
    has revealed that she will start skating training soon and is
    worried about getting injured on set and holding up production:

    http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/news/beauty/2016/10/margot-robbie-hair-interview-about-new-calvin-klein-fragrance

    "literally the day I wrap at the end of October I'm going to
    start training and I'm going to have to get right into it."

    "I'm really excited because I'm producing the film as well, for
    the first time I have all of these other concerns that I
    normally don't think about when I'm just acting. Whereas now
    I'm so worried about getting injuries and ruining pushing shoot
    dates back, that'll cost hundreds of thousands of dollars -
    it's terrifying. So I'm really excited because I love acquiring
    a new skill for a role, it's one of the biggest treats of
    acting, and on the producing side of it - if I get an injury
    I'm scared I'm going to ruin everything so I'm nervous."

    Shooting is apparently scheduled to start early next year. Still
    no word yet on a "Nancy"...


    A DOUBLE DOSE OF TONYA FOR CHICAGO

    Looks like it really is going to be the year for Tonya theatrics.
    "Tonya" is coming to the Windy City with the rock opera having its
    first performance in Chicago:

    The production will run from Nov 26th to Dec 30th. Amanda Therese
    Horvath plays Tonya and Courtney Mack features as Nancy:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/news/ct-casting-announced-tonya-and-nancy-the-rock-opera-20160721-story.html

    http://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/Underscore-Theatre-Company-in-Association-with-Harborside-Films-Presents-TONYA-AND-NANCY-THE-ROCK-OPERA-20161026

    Director & Choreographer Jon Martinez has been interviewed on the
    podcast "Are You Famous Yet?". The rock opera stuff is only the
    first ten minutes:

    http://areyoufamousyet.libsyn.com/tonya-nancy-priscilla-and-jon-martinez-episode-153?tdest_id=169739

    Tickets can be booked here:

    https://www.theaterwit.org/tickets/productions/290/performances#top

    And more info here:

    https://www.facebook.com/TonyandNancytherockopera/

    Meanwhile Dan Aibel's Tonya-inspired play "T" that we mentioned
    in our last issue will now makes its debut at the American
    Theater Co. in that city on 18 May 2017 and will run until the
    25th of June:

    http://www.atcweb.org/season32

    With a rock opera, a play and a movie, Chicagoans could be
    feeling Tonya overload next year. But then, as we all know, can
    you ever have such a thing as too much Tonya?


    NASHVILLE GETS THE ICE TREATMENT

    Another Tonya-influenced play has also made its debut, this time
    in Nashville, back in July - although it doesn't actually feature
    Tonya. In fact it sounds more like a ripoff of "The Bronze" than
    about Tonya:

    http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/world-premiere-nashville-finds-humor-tonya-harding-story

    http://www.tennessean.com/story/life/arts/2016/07/10/nate-eppler-puts-comedy-ice-world-premiere/86609322/

    Written and directed by Nate Eppler, the play follows a skater
    named "Blondie" (though clearly modeled on Tonya) who feels she’s
    been left on the "garbage heap of history" and sets out to tell
    the real story of her life. Eppler says that when he started his
    research he found that about a quarter of the things written
    about the two skaters were "outright false". His use of Barbie-
    like dolls in one sequence is designed to draw attention to how
    female athletes are held to impossible standards of beauty.
    Rachel Agee stars in the lead role.

    "Broadway World" has given a very positive review to the
    premiere, describing it as "one of the most compelling new works
    to debut on a Nashville stage in years", so hopefully we will see
    further performances in the future:

    http://www.broadwayworld.com/nashville/article/BWW-Review-Nate-Epplers-THE-ICE-TREATMENT-Closes-Actors-Bridges-20th-Anniversary-Season-with-Knee-capping-Fun-20160720


    TONYA WILL HAVE YOU IN STITCHES

    Rebecca and Josh Greco, who did the cross stitches for the
    THNK1994 museum, have now made the patterns available on-line as
    downloadable PDF files:

    http://pelicanbomb.com/art-review/2016/off-the-wall-thnk-1994-museum

    http://hugsarefun.com/free-pattern-friday-tonya-harding-and-nancy-kerrigan/

    Meanwhile, the museum itself will be opening a gift shop on the
    15th of November, and has also recently featured on Travel
    Channel's "Mysteries at the Museum" series. More details at:

    https://www.facebook.com/THNK1994/


    TONYA GETS PAWNED, BUT CREATES MYSTERY

    Long-time readers might remember that back around 2001 a couple
    of Wheaties boxes with Tonya's picture on them appeared on eBay.
    Some photos of one of them can be found here:

    http://www.tonyaharding.org/gallery3/index.php/album18

    Now this same box, in rather battered condition, has surfaced on
    an episode of History Channel's "Pawn Stars" a few weeks ago.
    And from the position of the now-faded signature it's almost
    certainly the same box as the one in the Aug 2001 auction. Pity
    it's now in such a sad state. The owner is a woman named Noreana.
    She's also got some other stuff, including some photos & Jeff
    Gillooly's backstage pass from the 1992 Worlds. She says a friend
    of her mom roomed with Tonya & this stuff was thrown out in the
    trash when she left:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4reknx (the Tonya stuff is at
    around 6:00 & 11:30)

    She gets $200 for the lot. In all honesty, she'd probably have
    got alot more for it after the movie comes out.

    This article records Tonya signing some in 1994 (erroneously
    referred to as a Cheerios box):

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/a-sure-hit-tonya-s-signed-cheerios-box/article_dd3d226f-bfc7-5f1a-b1f1-a26b5516bcbc.html

    Posted: Monday, May 2, 1994 12:00 am

    Figure skater Tonya Harding hands out an autographed print
    of herself praying on the ice at the last Winter Olympics
    Sunday in Portland, Ore. Harding appeared for an hour at
    the "Old Weird Harold" Collector Mania sale to sell signed
    pictures and Wheaties boxes.

    We've heard various theories about these boxes over the years -
    that they were mock-ups made by General Mills for a real box that
    never materialized, or that they were the work of a fan. The guy
    in the pawn shop - who at least seems to be reasonably positive
    about Tonya's abilities as a skater - thinks it may have been
    some promotional item made in a very small quantity for the
    athletes and their friends & family. From what we can gather
    about half a dozen were made and Tonya still has three of them,
    all in much better shape.

    Naturally an official product would be worth alot more. Perhaps
    one day the true story will emerge - like in the "X-Files", "the
    truth is out there"...


    KIWI CRIX NIX REPORT ON TONYA FLIX

    Films have the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, TV has the
    Emmys and Broadway has the Tonyas, oops, I mean the Tonys. Here
    at "The Portlandian" we've got the Jaysons. Unlike the foregoing,
    however, this is one award that nobody wants to win - more like a
    Golden Raspberry than an Oscar. That's because the Jaysons (which
    are named in dishonor of New York Times reporter Jayson Blair who
    was fired for making up stories) are awarded for shoddy reportage
    of Tonya-related news events.

    This time around the "Jayson" goes to... film industry media site
    "Variety". In this case, the problem isn't so much a case of
    inaccuracy as simply flat-out lazy journalism. For instance, take
    a look at Deadline Hollywood's report of AI's involvement in
    financing the upcoming Tonya movie:

    http://deadline.com/2016/10/len-blavatnik-margot-robbie-i-tonya-craig-gillespie-tonya-harding-1201840530/

    Len Blavatnik’s AI Film has come aboard to fully-finance Craig
    Gillespie’s upcoming Tonya Harding comedy I, Tonya. Margot
    Robbie is in negotiations to star as the American figure
    skater as well as produce the title with Bryan Unkeless for
    Clubhouse Pictures.

    Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers are
    already attached to produce while Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi of
    AI Film are exec producing.

    Story peels back the layers of Tonya Harding’s sensationalized
    involvement in the 1994 attack on rival figure skater Nancy
    Kerrigan, exposing the absurd, tragic and hilarious story-
    behind-the-story of one of the most infamous scandals in the
    history of Olympic Games figure skating. Gillespie directs
    from a script written by Steven Rogers (P.S. I Love You).

    Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity reps international rights while
    UTA Independent Film Group and CAA are repping domestic
    rights.

    I, Tonya is the latest investment for AI Film, whose
    forthcoming slate includes Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese
    historical drama Silence.

    Robbie and LuckyChap are repped by Management 360, CAA,
    attorney Jeff Bernstein and Aran Michael Management.

    Rogers is repped by Gersh.

    Gillespie is repped by UTA and Management 360.


    And now compare it with Variety's reporting of the same news a
    few minutes later:

    http://variety.com/2016/film/markets-festivals/afm-margot-robbie-tonya-harding-biopic-gets-financing-1201896708/

    AI Film will fully finance Craig Gillespie’s upcoming comedy,
    “I, Tonya”, starring Margot Robbie with Sierra/Affinity to
    commence international sales at the American Film Market.

    Robbie (“Suicide Squad”) is in negotiations to star as
    American figure skater Tonya Harding as well as produce with
    Bryan Unkeless for Clubhouse Pictures, Tom Ackerley for
    LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers already attached to
    produce. Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi of AI Film are
    executive producing.

    UTA Independent Film Group and CAA are representing US
    domestic rights.

    The film follows the story of Harding’s involvement in the
    1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, her main rival, prior to the
    Olympic Games. Variety reported in June that Gillespie (“Lars
    and the Real Girl”) would direct a script by Steven Rogers.

    AI Film’s slate includes “Hacksaw Ridge” and Martin Scorsese
    historical drama “Silence.” Past projects include “Lee
    Daniels’ The Butler”; Bill Condon’s “Mr Holmes” with Ian
    McKellen; and Warner Music collaboration, “Kill Your Friends.”

    Robbie and LuckyChap are represented by Management 360, CAA
    and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Robbie is additionally
    represented by Aran Michael Management. Rogers is repped by
    Gersh. Gillespie is represented by UTA and Management 360.


    Spot the difference. Or rather, the lack of difference. Get that
    deja-vu feeling, don't you?

    There was a time when Variety was the industry leader in
    Hollywood inside info, often noted for its innovative and amusing
    slang writing style. For example, a headline like "Alan Smithee
    Tapped To Helm Oater Made-For At Peacock Web" translates as "Alan
    Smithee hired to direct Western TV movie for NBC". Some of their
    invented terminology, like "sitcom" and "soap opera", has even
    made it into everyday English. Now they seem to be reduced to
    rewriting their competitor's scoops. We think that deserves what
    in Tonyaphile terms is our equivalent of a Razzie.

    And by the way, if you're wondering what the title of this
    segment is, it's our attempt at "Varietyspeak" for "NZ Critics
    Pan Report About Tonya Film".


    Well, that's it for another issue. We hope that Tonya's day went
    great. With the Tonya movie and several theatrical productions in
    the works, it's pretty much guranteed that 2017 will be a Tonya-
    filled year for her fans.

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    VISIT THESE GREAT TONYA WEB SITES:

    PortIce - http://www.pdxiss.org
    David House - http://www.tonyaharding.org
    Charlie Main - http://www.charliesweb.com/tonya/tonya.html
    Puppetboy - http://www.usapaul.net/tonya/
    Valerie Smith - http://www.olywa.net/radu/valerie/LilHam.html
    Swan Lake - http://members.tripod.com/~TonyaHarding/index.html
    Blades of Gold - http://members.tripod.com/tmhfan/index.html
    THNK1994 Museum - https://www.facebook.com/THNK1994/ *****************************************************************

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