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

May 1, 1998 Edition - MAY DAY: TONYAPHILES OF THE WORLD UNITE!
(C) 1998 Portland Ice Skating Society
http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Stadium/1190
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PHASE TWO NOW UP

After a long delay, Phase Two of our Website is now up and
running. It consists of a series of essays that give a biography 
of Tonya's early life, The Plot, an analysis of the evidence 
against Tonya and expose the true reason why people REALLY 
dislike her so much.

Most important of all is a page of resources of movers and 
shakers in the skating world that you can write to to lobby for 
Tonya's return to skating. And we aren't going to stop there! We 
hope to soon have a t-shirt design that you can download 
(completely free of charge) and print and wear to the rink to 
show your support for Tonya!

You may also notice that we are now posting to the newsgroups 
from a Deja News account. This is because DejaNews claim to offer 
better spam filtration than Hotmail, but it's just an experiment 
at this stage and we can still be reached at the Hotmail account 
that we previously used, or via the form at our Website.


TONYA'S MANAGERS SEND MESSAGE OF SUPPORT

We're also very pleased to have also received a message from 
Tonya's managers, Greg and Linda Lewis:

   "On behalf of Tonya, I send thanks for your very kind words of
    support for her. I need to tell you that there is no official
    fan club for Tonya, we are only selling autographed pictures
    of her through the websites. But thank you again for all of
    your support for Tonya.

    Sincerely,

    Linda Lewis
    Publicist and manager for Tonya Harding"


YET ANOTHER TONYA WEB SITE APPEARS

Since our Olympic specials, Tonyaphiles will be pleased to learn 
that Greg and Linda have also now named Roy Edward's site (which 
was formerly operated by Jim Maxey) as the Official Tonya site. 
But this is not all; another Tonya site has also sprung up in the 
interim. Located at:

http://members.tripod.com/~TonyaHarding/index.html 

Swan Lake - the most recent arrival, is run by Brittany Conley. 
It doesn't have much at present but looks like it will show a 
great deal of promise, especially with a bit of encouragement. We 
recommend that you go and check it out.

David House has also now added some Tonya movies to his site. 
You'll need a Quicktime player to view them. One place that you 
can download one from is:

http://browse.throbnet.com/paid/util/util.htm

(Throbnet, by the way, is actually a porn site located in Tonya's 
own home town of Portland. But they do provide free movie viewers 
that anybody can download, whether a subscriber or not! So, in a 
way, Portland is still supporting Tonya!) 


A CHANCE TO GET STONED

Fox, the network that brought you "Breaking the Ice", will soon 
screen another item that will be of interest to Tonyaphiles. An 
interview with Jeff Stone, or as we Tonyaphiles call him, The 
Asshole Formerly Known As Gillooly, will screen as a segment of 
"Lie Detector", a special to be shown on Fox on May 5 at 9pm 
Eastern time. As part of the interview, O.J. prosecutor Marcia 
Clark will also conduct a polygraph test on Gillooly which will 
supposedly prove his claims that Tonya was involved in the plot 
to whack another skater. Gillooly claims that he wants to "clear 
his conscience" over his involvement in the kneewhacking affair. 
Will the lie detector results clear Tonya, or will they just 
prove that a practised liar can bamboozle a machine? Tune in and 
see. Perhaps for an encore he could change his name again; we 
suggest he try calling himself Pasha Stone this time - that way 
people won't confuse him with that criminal Jeff Stone.

Clark, by the way, is not the only O.J. connection the show has; 
it's based on a syndicated series that was hosted by O.J defense 
lawyer F. Lee Bailey back in 1983. And also featured in the 
special will be another O.J. regular, racist copper Mark Vermin - 
oops, I mean Fuhrman, trying to put to rest rumors he planted 
evidence. But Clark won't be interviewing him. No doubt he 
figured once was quite enough!


THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE?

Some of you may recall us mentioning a book several months ago 
called "The Black Stone", a novel which features as one of its 
premises the idea that Tonya is in fact the reincarnation of Lee 
Harvey Oswald! Well, the author, Robert Urbanek, has contacted us 
and yes, you guessed it, there's now a Web site that you can 
check out at:

http://members.aol.com/urbanekr/index.htm

You can order the book directly from the author or from 
Amazon.com. Note that we haven't read it, so we have no idea if 
it's any good. I wonder whether Urbanek is aware that both 
Derrick Smith and Shawn Eckardt claim that they once worked for 
an outfit in Switzerland called Blackstone?


AND SPEAKING OF SYMBOLISM...

While on the topic of symbolism, it's worth noting that there 
apparently is a quiet suburb on the east coast of the United 
States where two streets, Harding Road and Kerrigan Avenue, 
prophetically intersect. The neighborhood has been around long 
before the now legendary incident that forever entwined the two 
skaters in history.

And how about a few anagrams? Some of these appeared in 
alt.anagrams recently:

NANCY KERRIGAN  =  grace 'n any rink
                   ace rink granny

TONYA HARDING   =  do an angry hit
                   I had to, granny!
                   grand hit on ya

We certainly hope the Tonya ones aren't TOO symbolic!


GLORY DAYS

Speaking of books, much beloved skating commentator Christine 
Brennan has recently released a sequel to her smash hit "Inside 
Edge". Called "Edge of Glory", it apparently features a bit of an 
update on Tonya, though whether there's much that you haven't 
read here is unlikely. Already it's got skating fans upset over 
comments about Tara Lipinski.


PORTLAND RADIO STATION PULLS STUNT

In our last issue we told you about how a blow-up doll shaped 
like Tonya was thrown onto the ice after the pairs skating in 
Nagano. It has now been revealed that this was actually a 
publicity stunt pulled by two radio announcers from Portland's 
Z100 radio station. Dan Clark and John Murphy from Z100's 
"morning zoo" tossed the doll into the "kiss and cry" area after 
Igor Marchenco and Evgenia Filonenko completed their skate. Tonya 
was not amused. "To take away from the Olympics like that ... 
it's just atrocious," Harding told the "Oregonian". "It's very, 
very childish. Somebody ought to put a leash on them."

Z100 also has a "Tonya shrine" that you can visit at:

http://www.z100portland.com/nagano/shrine.html


I FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW LOST

Has your boss been getting up your nose lately? Fancy beating the 
crap out of him? Well, according to Fordham Law School Dean John 
Feerick, it's no big deal if you do. At least, not if you're a 
top NBA player, that is. You see, they apparently are exempt from 
the same standards of dignified (not to mention law-abiding) 
behavior that other people are expected to adhered to, especially 
if they happened to be named Tonya Harding.

In case you haven't guessed it, the Latrell Sprewell decision is 
now out. And, it goes without saying that predictable as 
clockwork, the adjudicator, Professor Feerick, has largely sided 
with Sprewell, saying that the decision to terminate Sprewell's 
three year contract over the minor fact he tried to strangle his 
coach was "unfair". This was despite there being 23 witnesses who 
saw Sprewell's actions! Sprewell's suspension will end on July 1, 
and although it will mean he won't play ball again this season, 
it will save him from losing $17.5 million of his $24 million 
contract.

Professor Feerick's decision doesn't cut much ice with the 
public, however: an MSNBC poll on the issue had collected 8691 
responses when we checked in, and 87% of respondents thought 
justice had not been served by the arbitrator's decision. But one 
wonders how many of those figure skaters who refuse to skate with 
Tonya will be watching Sprewell play basketball?

Oh, and by the way, we don't REALLY suggest you beat up your 
boss. At least not unless, like Sprewell, you've got Johnnie 
Cochran as your lawyer...


NEW VIDEO SOURCE

Really MUST insist on seeing the so-called "Wedding Night video"? 
Try E-bay online auctions at http://www.ebay.com. When we checked 
for Tonya stuff there they had about half a dozen copies for 
sale, though the prices varied. Often it now comes bundled with a 
similar attempt by Pamela Anderson. Another outfit, R-Cards 
International, also put out a 9 card trading card set with stills 
from the tape in 1996. It's also not totally impossible that REAL 
Tonya collectibles might turn up for sale, so it's worth keeping 
an eye on.


PLASMATICS ON ICE?

Here at PortIce we tend to like listening to the great classics; 
Zeppelin, Hendrix, the Pistols, the Stones, and of course Abba. 
Which is why it is with great sadness that we learned of the 
death early last month of punk priestess Wendy O. Williams. This 
gives us a superb idea for Tonya's next program: perhaps she 
could skate to a Plasmatics tune and blow up a Cadillac on the 
ice at the end?

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VISIT THESE GREAT TONYA WEB SITES:

PortIce - http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Stadium/1190
Roy Edwards (formerly Jim Maxey) - http://www.tonyaharding.com
Dave House - http://www.davidhouse.com/tonya/index.html
Puppetboy - http://pages.ripco.com:8080/~deadboy/mirrortony2.html
Valerie Smith - http://www.olywa.net/radu/valerie/LilHam.html
Swan Lake - http://members.tripod.com/~TonyaHarding/index.html
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