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

November 12, 2011 Edition - SPECIAL BIRTHDAY EDITION
(C) 2011 Portland Ice Skating Society

We are pleased to bring you the annual Birthday edition of the 
Portlandian. It marks both Tonya's 41st birthday and also the 
15th anniversary of the publication of The Portlandian, which 
continues to remain the Internet's leading source of Tonya news.

As our regulars will know, our home city of Christchurch, New 
Zealand, was hit by a massive earthquake in February of this 
year, an event that resulted in over 180 deaths and major damage 
to the city's infrastructure. It has also caused some disruption 
to the activities of the PDXISS and has hindered our ability to 
bring you Tonya news in a timely manner over the past few months, 
something that we apologize for. 


In particular, it also overshadowed some good news for Tonya and 
Tonyaphiles: on the 19th of February, two days before the quake, 
Tonya gave birth to a baby boy at a Washington state hospital. 
She was trying to keep it quiet but unfortunately one of her 
friends, Don Horn (who you might remember was involved in the 
production of the Tonya rock opera when it debuted in Portland in 
2008), let the cat out of the bag and gave an interview to Katy 
Muldoon of the Oregonian a couple of days later:

Horn is quoted as saying that Tonya required a Caesarean section 
and remained hospitalized Monday. "She's always wanted a baby," 
he said. "She was told she could never have a child ... and guess 
what? It really is a miracle and she really is very happy."

Linda Lewis has told us that both Tonya and husband Joe are 
thrilled and very happy. We join with other Tonyaphiles in 
sending them all our best wishes.

Linda has since given us an update. She says that Tonya and Joe 
say Hi and send their best. She also tells us that Tonya and her 
husband Joe and their son are doing great, and that the latter 
"has some teeth now and he loves his little walker. He scoots all 
over the place in it, and recently got his very first hair cut. 
He is so cute, and Tonya really loves being a Mom and wife. She 
is very happy!"

"In the early part of September, she and Joe did a sit down 
interview for a television show from Japan. It was only shown 
there. The crew came to where she is living in WA State, and she 
said it went really well."

Tonya and Joe are determined to ensure that their son is not 
subjected to the type of intense media pressure and exploitation 
that she has had to put up with over the years, so for this 
reason they did not allow any photos and we have sworn to keep 
his name and other details private unless they decide to release 
them. There are too many children being exploited and so many 
missing, that and she and Joe want to keep him safe.
Linda also tells us that Tonya is still doing commentating on 
"The Worlds Dumbest" show for TruTV, and loves doing it. She just 
returned from doing another shoot for them a few days ago.
Tonya sends her best to all her fans and wishes them a safe and 
happy Holiday season.


Many people may be unaware that in addition to her many skating 
achievements, Tonya also holds a land speed record. She first set 
a record in 2008 and then upped it again in 2009. It's for the 
Blown (i.e. supercharged) Vintage Gas Coupe class, and she set it 
at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in August 2009 for 97.177mph 
(156.391 km/h). If you run into any Tonyaphobic skeptics, you can 
point them to this page, where it's all official in black & 

Tonya was at Bonneville's Speed Week again this August where she 
attempted to follow up on this record, again competing with the 
1931 Vintage Gas Coupe Lickety-Split owned by her friend Pete 
Richardson of Yacolt WA. Alas, it was not to be: on her second 
run the car developed problems and she had to pull out. In any 
case, here's a couple of articles, including a new photo:

Although Tonya did not succeed this time, as always she gave it 
all she's got. And unlike the hosts of a certain BBC motoring 
show, there's no doubt that she does her own stunt driving!


The Tonya/Nancy rock opera, which debuted in Boston back in 
January, had another four night run at the Oberon in Cambridge MA 
in July:

   "It's pretty intense. There's a scene where the entire 
   incredibly big-voiced ensemble is singing 'Fall, Nancy, fall!' 
   while I'm doing incredibly difficult balancing poses on top of 
   this big box," says actress Kristen Lee Sergeant, who plays 

   When the chamber opera premiered at Zero Arrow, Sergeant was 
   pursuing an opera career and sang the role of Tonya. Now the 
   Manchester-by-the-Sea native is singing with jazz bands in New 
   York and appearing in musicals, and she has switched roles.

   "They're similar in that both have demons, but Nancy's are 
   more in her head," Sergeant says. "She has to fight the inner 
   voices telling her she can't do it, that she's a screw-up, 
   blah blah blah. Tonya, on the other hand, has to deal with 
   actual people telling her that."

Negotiations are underway to bring the production to Los Angeles, 
so check out these web sites for information about any upcoming 
performances in the future:

The latter has several photos from the July performance.


A Danish-born British-based fashion designer has confessed that 
Tonya is one of his inspirations:

Jensen admits that his muses are quite controversial, but says 
they have nothing in common apart from the fact that they attract 
him. "I suppose they're damaged goods but they're also strong, 
talented women."

"It's a bit of everything. Within the time they inspire me, I'm 
obsessed. I'm a bit like a stalker. They're not muses in a 
traditional sense. It's good having a story behind a collection. 
It gives a collection soul."

You can see examples of Jensen's Tonya-inspired outfits at his 
web site:


Some people may have experienced problems with mail being 
returned recently from the P.O. Box in Texas that has been the 
snail mail address for Tonya these past few years. It appears 
that due to ill health, Tonya's agent, Linda Lewis, has been 
unable to check it regularly and it was closed and mail addressed 
to it has been being returned to sender.

Linda has asked us to send this message to all Tonyaphiles about 
this situation:

   To any and all fans of Tonya Harding, who have either sent fan 
   mail or autograph photo requests to PO Box 376 Manor, Texas, 
   and had your mail returned, I apologize. That PO Box address 
   is no longer valid. I will let Terry know as soon as I have 
   secured that new PO Box so he can let you, the fans, know.

   Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused 

   Thank you,

   Linda Lewis
   Acting Agent for Tonya Harding


In mid-October a Nigerian-born British dot-com millionaire & 
part-time actor was reported as offering a large sum of money for 
Tonya & that other skater to duke out their differences in a 
boxing ring:

Digital media entrepreneur, FilmOn's Alki David, announced he 
wanted the two women to face off November 5 in return for the sum 
of - cue the Dr. Evil-sounding voice - ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND 
DOLLARS. "David is giving Kerrigan the chance to return to 
stardom in a fun three one-minute round match as part of his 
great celebrity fight night card", his announcement said.

But there were to be no fireworks in the ring on this Guy Fawkes 
Day - nothing happened. Which should come as no surprise, as 
apparently this guy is well-known for coming up with gimmick 
publicity stunts like this (such as a previous offer involving 
streaking in front of President Obama). Heck, why didn't he make 
the offer a nice round billion and get even bigger headlines? We 
all know there was no chance of this happening, so he'll never 
have had to pony up the cash anyway.

In doing so he's just joining the long list of bums who seek to 
use Tonya as a cheap way of getting publicity for themselves - 
guys like Jim Maxey, the late David Hans S(c)h(m)i(d)t and a 
classic example, Damon Feldman, a self styled boxing "promoter" 
with a long history of running illegal, unlicensed boxing events. 
He's now been sentenced to two years probation & banned from 
promoting fights in Pennsylvania for the same period. He's also 
got to shell out a whole pile of money:

However this hasn't stopped him from continuing to promote these 
events in other states.

He also has to pay $7500 in restitution for money he allegedly 
stole from an investor in one of his clebrity boxing matches. And 
if he doesn't he could face felony charges. Which would just make 
our day, as he still owes Tonya a bucketload of dough.


When it comes to earthquakes, it seems it may be as badly exposed 
as Christchurch:


Directed by Michael Winner (best known for the "Death Wish" 
franchise), this film follows the fortunes of four amateur 
athletes - a British milkman, an American college jock, an 
Australian Aborigine and a Czech army officer - as they prepare 
for the marathon at a fictional 1970 Olympics held in Rome. The 
Brit is played by Michael Crawford, most familiar for his 
performance in "Phantom of the Opera" and the Britcom "Some 
Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em". The American is portrayed by Ryan O'Neal, 
the Czech by Charles Aznavour and the Aborigine by Athol Compton. 
Erich Segal, himself a former Olympic marathon runner, adapted 
the screenplay from a novel by Hugh Atkinson.

As the film progresses, we see each athlete encountering various 
temptations and problems along the way: Crawford's character, for 
instance, is driven to the point of almost complete physical and 
nervous breakdown by a fanatical coach bent on vicariously 
achieving his own unfulfilled sporting ambitions via his protege, 
a scenario that's probably also all too familiar to skating fans. 
The American toys with performance enhancing drugs, a decision 
that almost kills him when he suffers an adverse reaction. The 
Czech officer finds himself being used as a propaganda tool by 
his Communist masters. The Aborigine runs into racism and 
politics - he's given his own room because nobody else on the 
Aussie team wants to share with a "black fella", and is later 
approached by black atheletes from other countries who want him 
to participate in a political boycott.

In addition to these personal stories, the film also dabbles in 
larger issues surrounding the Games themselves, such as the 
influence of big business: the IOC decides to shift the marathon 
to the middle of the day, despite that fact it will be 
dangerously hot for the athletes, simply in order to please the 
whims of the U.S. television networks for whom this time slot is 
more convenient.

Viewed from a perspective of over 40 years on, "The Games" 
presents a very quaint, old-fashioned and dated image of how the 
Olympics used to be back in the days when amateur sport really 
was amateur. Yet it shows that even in 1970, many of the issues 
that plague the Olympics today - abusive coaches, drugs, 
politics, racism and commercialism - were starting to rear their 
ugly heads. For these reasons, it's worth looking at if you can 
find a copy. It doesn't appear to be available on DVD, but it can 
be downloaded from iTunes or Amazon.


And now, a weird story from Alaska (and no, it doesn't involve 
anyone whose surname starts with the letter "P" either, which 
makes it weirder still).

The Midnight Sun Run is held in Fairbanks every year to mark the 
Summer solstice. Tradition dictates that people dress up in odd-
ball costumes while participating. This year's race featured a 
typical array of outfits - Pac-men, superheroes, hippies, knights 
in armor, and the inevitable Star Wars storm troopers. And also a 
couple of contestants dressed as Tonya and that other New England 
skater (the latter with a bandaged knee and a wheelchair). You 
can see them by clicking on the slideshow buttons in these 

   "Dressed as Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, Anne Chemi,     
    seated, and Jane Hannah participate in the costume contest of     
    the 28th Annual Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Midnight Sun Run     
    on Saturday evening, June 18, 2011, on the University of     
    Alaska Fairbanks campus. John Wagner/News-Miner"

Does this prove beyond any doubt that Tonya is now a permanent 
pop culture icon? Well, as they say up there, "You betcha"!

And while we're up in that great state, we see that Tonya has 
been dethroned from another title, though we seriously suspect 
that this is one that she won't mind losing:


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