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

July 8, 1998 Edition
(C) 1998 Portland Ice Skating Society


David House has a VHS NTSC copy of Tonya's movie debut, 
"Breakaway" to give away. To enter, just go to his site and leave 
your name and e-mail address. But be in quick - he's closing off 
entries on Friday the 10th, US time, and he tells us he's already 
got 67 so far; yet another indication of the awesome popularity 
of Tonya. The URL is:

David has also has added several new things to his site lately: a 
few more photos, including some of Tonya's dramatic rescue of an 
old lady back in October 1996, and a little ditty from 1994 
called "The Saga of Tonya Harding", artist unknown, that you can 
listen to. You'll need a Real Audio player to listen to it, but 
you can download one for free from An 
attempt by David to get Tonya listed as one of "People" magazines 
50 most beautiful people of 1998 a couple of months ago failed, 
but then when you're up against tough competition like Hank the 
Angry Drunken Dwarf (who came in first) then it was probably a 
lost cause anyway.

We have also been active on upgrading our site: we've now added a 
"Mission Statement", indexed the FAQ and added a few sections on 
the exact impact of the Life Ban. We've also added a few nice 
color pictures of some book covers and a contact address for Dick 
Button, who has been a known Tonyaphile in the past. We're busy 
composing letters to be sent out to the various organizations 
we've listed. The first batch should go out soon.

Soon you'll also be able to download our Tonya T-shirt design. Be 
sure to be on the lookout for our new "Sid & Nancy" tribute page, 
coming soon as well. And while we're on that topic...


Shortly after our last issue in May a certain skater from the 
Massachussetts area complained about somebody distributed fake 
porno pictures of her. Well, it sure as heck wasn't us. The 
culprit was some web site in California, but the pictures were 
quickly removed after a threat of legal action. At least it makes 
a change from all the fake Tonya porn that's about.


Tired of wading through all the spam and off topic postings from 
self styled "hackers" on 
A solution is now at hand: Puppetboy has now created a Tonya 
discussion group on Deja News. Filling in a gap sorely left when 
Jim Maxey junked his Webconference board, it's called:


This is a moderated group, so hopefully it won't attract as many 
crackpots as a.f.t.h.w.w.w. And yes, he IS going to get those fan 
club membership cards mailed out eventually...!


Mike Quigley, aka Mr. Mike, has a copy of the "Oregonian"'s Tonya 
book "Fire On Ice" for sale. Essential reading for any 
Tonyaphile, this now hard to find out-of-print title contains 8 
pages of photos. If you're interested, visit his web site at:

He also has lots of other books there as well.


As the summer skating hiatus hits home, we thought we'd take the 
opportunity to enlist our readers help in solving one of the 
greatest issues that confronts skating today, and which caused 
heated debate over on; namely:

Does Tara Lipinski look like Veruca Salt from "Willy Wonka and 
the Chocolate Factory"?

If you've got a copy of the movie and want to compare it 
against your skating tapes, check it out. We'd like to hear YOUR 
opinion. (Note: some people claimed that looks aren't the only 
resemblance between Tara and Veruca, but we don't want to get 
into that).


As the Tonya comeback campaign grows, our fame has started to 
spread. For instance, Portland ISP actually 
mentioned "The Portlandian" on its web site several months ago 
back during the Olympics. Our mailing list has now 
correspondingly also grown quite large, and because of this we 
have changed the way in which we mail out our issues in order to 
protect the privacy of our subscribers. There are two reasons for 

  a) Because of the controversial nature of our main subject,      
     some people may well want to "remain in the closet" as it           
     were, rather than risk the ire of their skating friends.

  b) As the list grows in size there is the danger that a spammer      
     could sign onto the list to harvest names.

As a result, we have now switched to mailing out "The 
Portlandian" with the recipients as blind carbon copies. 
Unfortunately, this technique is also abused by spammers to hide 
their identity, so there is a danger that it might trip some 
anti-spam filters. Usually it is possible to work around this 
somehow, - if you have trouble, just contact us and we'll see if 
the experts at our Special Duties Section can sort it out.

By the way, if you want to contact us (and haven't done so 
before), the best way is to go to our site and use the feedback 
form or the address that's listed there - the "hallterr" account 
located at The address we post this from is mainly 
used to divert spam from our real account and is only checked 


"Lie Detector" has come and gone. As expected, Jeff 
Gillooly/Stone managed to con tired old legal has-been Marcia 
Clark into believing his same tired old story, aided by the usual 
shoddy, unscientific methodology that leaves us grateful these 
things aren't accepted as evidence in court. Anybody with any 
knowledge of polygraphs knows, for instance, that you're supposed 
to intersperse the real questions with neutral "control" 
questions, something that was not done here. In addition to 
Gillooly there was also a wrestler who tried to prove that 
professional wrestling is not fixed. He failed his test. Might we 
suggest that any sequel should include a session with an Ice 
Dancing judge as this sport now has even less credibility 
than pro wrestling and seems to sorely need to prove it isn't 
rigged as well. Not to mention that Pasha Grischuk is way more 
outrageous than anything the WWF could ever come up with.

By the way - if Shawn Eckardt was to merge his World Bodyguard 
Service with the World Wrestling Federation and World 
Championship Wrestling, not only would it hugely increase his 
credibility, but his Web site would be - quite 
a mouthful.


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