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

October 7, 1999 Edition - HIGH NOON FOR TONYA
(C) 1999 Portland Ice Skating Society
http://www.geocities.com/portice
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CHAT LIVE WITH TONYA 

We have just received word that Tonya will be the guest on a live 
chat session hosted by "The Oregonian" on Thursday, October 7th 
from noon to 12:30 PDT. The chat will include video and audio 
simulcast. You can find out more at:

     http://www.oregonlive.com/special/tonya.html.

To access the chat, go to:

     http://www.oregonlive.com/chat

Please note that although it says noon Pacific STANDARD Time on 
the Oregonian site, we presume they must mean Pacific DAYLIGHT 
Time as daylight saving doesn't finish in the U.S. until later 
this month. Which doesn't make any difference for Tonyaphiles in 
the U.S., but makes a great deal of difference if you're in some 
funny foreign time zone and tune in an hour late.

Either way, it's High Noon for Tonya.


MEDIA WATCH - MORE TONYA ARTICLES

In recent days the mainstream media have started to pick up on 
this story and according to Tonya's godmother, Linda Lewis, Tonya 
has been deluged with requests for interviews. Several articles 
about Tonya's comeback, some of which are on-line, have appeared 
in various publications. For a start there's a couple of short 
Reuters articles by Laurie Nealin that include an interview with 
Michael Rosenberg. They can be found at:

http://cbs.sportsline.com/u/wire/stories/0,1169,1417085_10946,00.
html

and

http://cbs.sportsline.com/u/wire/stories/0,1169,1414063_10946,00.
html

The second one is also available at:

http://www.foxsports.com/js_index.frm?content=/world/stories/w092
7harding1.sml


Note that these links may have to be pasted into your browser in 
two pieces if your newsreader/e-mail software can't handle links 
that spread over more than one line okay.


- John Raby of the Associated Press has also done an article, 
which appeared in the San Francisco Examiner:

http://www.examiner.com/ap_s/AP_Harding_Return.html


- The local paper in Huntington, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, 
also ran a story headed "Harding To Break Ice in Huntington" a 
week ago. Unfortunately it's not on line but does list some of 
the other competitors:

   LADIES:

   Elizabeth Manley
   Tonia Kwiatkowski
   Pasha Grishuk (also making her pro singles debut)
   Surya Bonaly


   MEN:

   Philippe Candeloro
   Joszef Sabovcik
   Alexei Urmanov
   Viacheslav Zagorodniuk
   Rudi Galindo


   DANCE

   Usova/Platov
   Rahkamo/Kokko
   Punsalan/Swallow
   Romanova/Yaroshenko


   PAIRS

   Harsthorne/Sweiding
   Woetzle/Steuer
   Bechke/Petrov
   Leonova/Khvalko
   Savard/Gagnon 


- Most recently the latest (October 7th) issue of "Newsweek" 
magazine has a short mention of Tonya. This can be found at 
either:

http://newsweek.com/nw-
srv/issue/15_99b/printed/us/dept/nm/nm_1.htm

or

http://newsweek.com/nw-
srv/issue/15_99b/printed/int/dept/nm/nm_1.htm

The printed version apparently has a picture as well.


- Finally, the Oregonian also has two new articles on Tonya, 
accessible from their first link above. These reveal a bit more 
about Tonya's programs, which will be skated to "Sleeping Bag" by 
ZZ Top and Avenue Blue's "Stockholm," which Tonya says both begin 
"pretty and slow and build up, and they're just fun."

No Pistols, but ZZ Top's almost as good, so who can complain?


TICKET AND BROADCAST DETAILS

In the past few days we have managed to obtain more details about 
ticket prices and broadcast dates.

Firstly, tickets are $US45 for the two day event, and went on 
sale last Wednesday, U.S. time. The phone numbers for the 
Huntington Civic Center, where the event will take place, are 
(304) 696-5990 and (304) 696-4400. Indications are that tickets 
are selling like hot cakes, so if you plan on attending and still 
haven't got them you'd better ring up smartly. We believe that 
the dates of 18th and 19th are the correct ones (the source that 
said 19th & 20 appears to be wrong or out of date) and are 
informed that the event starts at 7pm on both nights.

For those who aren't lucky enough to see Tonya live, it's being 
broadcast on ESPN on the evenings of Oct 25, Nov 1 & Nov 8. 
Viewers outside the U.S. should check their local TV listings - 
out here in New Zealand it's being broadcast on the Sky Sport UHF 
channel on the 31st of October at 11:45 pm.


MESSAGES TO TONYA 

If you can't make it to Huntington, there is still a way you can 
support Tonya in spirit if not in body. Kim White, who is one of 
those involved in running the Blades of Gold Tonya site, will be 
attending and plans to give Tonya copies of any messages of 
support she can lay her hands on. So please make sure you leave 
some on either her site (the URL is at the bottom of this issue) 
or any of the other sites (including ours) which have message 
facilities and they will be printed out and passed onto Tonya.


SHORTENED NAME FOR PORTICE SITE

By the way, you can now access the PortIce site by using the new 
shortened URL below. 

   http://www.geocities.com/portice

The old one will still work just fine, so there's no need to
update links or bookmarks, but it may be a bit more memorable 
(especially if you can't remember how to spell "Colosseum").


KEEPING THE PEACE - AN OPEN LETTER TO JUAN ANTONIO

His Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch
International Olympic Committee,
Lausanne,
Switzerland.


Your Most Noble Excellency,

for some time now we have been following your career and have 
noticed that you regularly speak upon the great contribution to 
world peace that you see the Olympic Movement as providing.

It goes without saying that we are very heartened by your 
interest in this subject, one that surely concerns all mankind. 
As a result, we here at the Portland Ice Skating Society have 
come up with what we believe is the perfect way in which you can 
play a practical role in securing peace in one of the world's 
trouble spots. We are therefore sending you a first-class, one-
way air ticket to the beautiful island paradise of East Timor 
where we have arranged for you to take up a new role as a member
of the United Nations peacekeeping force currently stationed in 
that territory. (We were originally thinking of Kosovo, but with 
winter setting in it's getting cold over there now so we thought 
that the tropics would be better for your health).

We're sure you'll love it on Timor. For a start, it's full of 
heaps of thugs who like killing and beating the crap out of 
innocent civilians, just like your mate General Franco and all 
those Commie dictators you used to love hanging out with. Perhaps 
you could even bring a few Olympic Order awards to dish out to 
some of the local militia goons, seeing as how judging by alot 
of the previous recipients being a murderous butcher seems to be 
the main criteria for getting one.

Although we realize that your plans are to stay in your present 
office of IOC leader until your term expires in 2001 (assuming, 
of course, that you don't fiddle the retirement age again so you 
can stay on for yet another term), we're positive that you'll 
jump at this chance to convert your words into some effective 
action. We've even chucked in a flak jacket for you - but we're a
bit short of weapons so we ask that you please remember to bring 
some shotguns from your collection in the Olympic Museum.

We most humbly beg to remain your obedient servants,



Terry Hall
Head of Special Duties Section
Portland Ice Skating Society - New Zealand's Tonya Harding fan 
club
http://www.geocities.com/portice

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VISIT THESE GREAT TONYA WEB SITES:

PortIce - http://www.geocities.com/portice
Dave House - http://www.davidhouse.com/tonya/index.html
Charlie Main - http://www.charliesweb.com/tonya/tonya.html
Puppetboy - http://www.puppetland.com/mirrortony2.html
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
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