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snoopysnake
02-27-2012, 12:39 AM
I really think it would be great if Dick Button would write a book (or several!) about his career, competitions he's seen and announced, and the characters he's known in the skating world, as well as his wealth of opinions about the sport. He wrote an autobiography decades ago, but so much has happened to him and the sport since then.

DickButtonFan
02-27-2012, 01:43 AM
ITA, I've always wished he'd do some kind of 2 hour special on his life or something, he is the face of this sport and wish we could have a little more of him right now.

Aussie Willy
02-27-2012, 02:08 AM
I totally agree. I am surprised no one has asked him to it.

floskate
02-27-2012, 08:04 AM
He already did..... Dick Button on Skates (1955) (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dick-Button-Skates-1955-1st-edition-DJ-/300526125978?pt=Antiquarian_Collectible&hash=item45f8c0c39a)

It would be nice to have an updated one though. ;) And ITA about a two hour biopic of his life and career complete with lots of lovely old skating footage. :cheer:

victoriaheidi
02-27-2012, 08:33 AM
I would love a memoir from Dick Button, as long as it discusses his opinions on things like CoP (it's probably too much to ask for some WSF/ISU drama).

manleywoman
02-27-2012, 03:37 PM
Or he could do a podcast interview with me. ;)

Garden Kitty
02-27-2012, 03:58 PM
Dick was planning on writing a second book and I recall it even being pre-listed on Amazon, but then he had his serious brain injury and all his energy was focused on recovery. I assume he decided not to go forward with it which is a shame. I'd love to read about his "second" career in skating.

skatesindreams
02-27-2012, 06:25 PM
Here is the listing for the book:

Edge is a Lean of the Body: A Memoir of Skating (Hardback) (2002)
Dick Button with Allison Cook

ISBN-10: 0743224051
ISBN-13: 978-0743224055

It might have actually been published; as I've seen blog posts about copies in the past:

(For whatever reason the 3 used copies of Button's autobiography available on Amazon, Edge Is a Lean of the Body: A Memoir of Skating, are going for $890 apiece!

However, I've been unable to find one.

nylynnr
02-28-2012, 08:00 PM
Dick began writing his memoirs with Allison Cook, a very popular Houston-based (as I recall) food writer, but abandoned the project for various reasons.

Stefanie
02-28-2012, 08:01 PM
Or he could do a podcast interview with me. ;)

Let me know when I can sign the petition!

manleywoman
02-28-2012, 08:09 PM
Hee! Never thought about a petition. Perhaps I should . . .

skatesindreams
02-28-2012, 08:27 PM
Dick began writing his memoirs with Allison Cook, a very popular Houston-based (as I recall) food writer, but abandoned the project for various reasons.

Is it possible that a few pre-publication (advance copies) existed; given the information I found? (quoted above)


Hee! Never thought about a petition. Perhaps I should . . .

I'd sign!

gkelly
02-28-2012, 09:02 PM
Is it possible that a few pre-publication (advance copies) existed; given the information I found? (quoted above)


I think it's more likely that some online seller(s) listed the book before it was fully written based on the ISBN listing and then lost track of what this listing actually was (or, as it happened, wasn't) and kept it listed even though it didn't exist.

skatesindreams
02-28-2012, 09:13 PM
That seems likely.

geena
02-28-2012, 10:20 PM
I was hoping to have him among those I interviewed for my [I]Skating on Air[I] book, but the only thing I was able to get from him was a nice, though brief, email :-)

Several of the others I interviewed-- who know him personally and shared some very interesting anecdotes, particularly about the days when his production company owned the TV rights to Worlds-- indicated he was still hoping to write his memoirs. But they seemed unsure it would ever happen.