June 30, 2008
June 25, 2008
I got an email from Mark Traversino, whose father started a small ice tank show (tank = putting a sheet of ice anywhere you can) in 1948.
They wound up in Manilla, by his account, the first ice skating show that ever hit Asia.
Mark was the piano player for the show and his sister, Marion Traversino, pictured on the right, was the female principal, along with her co-star Buddy Schroff, pictured on the left.
Fascinating stuff for any ice show skater to discover how it all got started. Here's the link (warning: if you're at your cube, you probably don't want the music to come on - set your speakers to mute) to his website that has many more photos, a YouTube link to skating in the '50s, and press clippings galore.
I pointed Mark to the PFSC Historical Foundation, which is where any of you should go, should you have stories like this to share. There's a link to the PFSC on the right, or you can click here.
Let's keep the history alive - thanks Mark! - can you hear Hollywood calling?
June 19, 2008
Brought to you from the folks at the PFSC:
In case you haven't seen this advertised anywhere else ....
Sorry, I couldn't find the date, so if you're interested, email them.
2008 Show Skating Seminar
June 16, 2008
.... not the Foreigner song, but a Broadway-bound musical starring Oksana Baiul. Didn't see it on the Tony Awards last night though. Let's hope for next year.
This may be old news to some of you, but if not you can read the take by New York Times here. Want to buy the CD or find out more details? Click here.
Who knew Oksana Baiul was a triple (make that quadruple) threat? The play focuses on the lives of "six fictional skaters jockeying for medals". Who do you think those six - five, if you take away one for Oksana - skaters are?
June 11, 2008
Back in a couple of days with new posts and (I hope) my new laptop!
Bye for now - Ice Charades
June 3, 2008
Well, maybe things are turning around for ice shows. We've gone from the butt of jokes from the outside world -- like the Woody Allen quote from the movie Hannah And Her Sisters --
"And Nietzsche, with his theory of eternal recurrence. He said that the life we lived we're gonna live over again the exact same way for eternity. Great. That means I'll have to sit through the Ice Capades again."
To this from today's Washington Post -- "The chief of staff to a former senior of the House Appropriations Committee pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to commit fraud, becoming the latest casualty of the scandal centered on disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
John C. Albaugh admitted to accepting gifts -- including tickets to sporting events, concerts by groups such as the Wiggles and a Disney On Ice show -- in exchange for helping lobbyists and their clients, according to persecutors."
Although I'm not crazy about the Wiggles getting top billing, I bet Mr. Albaugh wishes the reporter hadn't singled out DOI and the Wiggles among the "sporting events" at the top of the article. The other boys in the pokey will have a field day with that.
The full article right here mentions other concerts by Tim McGraw, George Strait, American Idol and Washington Redskins football games.
So congratulations to the skaters from Disney On Ice for being so desirable ... one Dad was willing to go that extra mile.