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03-12-2012, 11:37 PM
For my 5th anniversary of doing my podcasts (this month!), I created a special mini-podcast just for Dick Button. Here is the link of me doing the reading (http://www.manleywoman.com/ode-to-dick-button/), but below is the transcript. If you like it, please share the link to my website around to your skating friends, or leave comments, so that Mr. Button knows how much I want to interview him. Thanks.


T'was my 5th anniversary, when leaving the rink
My muscles were aching. I needed a drink.

My spandex was hung by the chimney with care
Dreams of an interview with Saint Dick in the air.

A legend of skating, the best of the best!
This interview would put my skills to the test.

Preceded by Haines, Vinson and Henie.
T'was Lussi who shaped him to the envy of many.

Only lost one event in his life (he was second).
From that moment on, it was glory that beckoned.

His speed was unmatched, his moves were inventive.
He gave all successors the extra incentive.

Camels that fly! And jumps that turn thrice!
He debuted them all on bad outdoor ice.

A gift from Salchow was no common dish.
Dick passed it on to a young Petkevich.

Two times a champion in those sacred Olympics.
Next: a career, and retire those toepicks.

The first on TV! Brought the sport to the masses.
His knowledge was thicker than Dorothy's glasses.

His comments were candid, sometimes abrasive.
Frequently spiffy, and often creative.

He's even done movies, ice shows and judging.
And once in a while his Button gets pushing.

He's known to stand up to the powers that be
In defense of honor and transparency.

Supporting the skaters, always the intention.
Many great ones. A few get a mention:

Now Peggy! Now Kristi! Now, Kwan, Lynn and Tenley!
On, Scottie! On, Brian! On, Jenkins and Ronnie!

Twizzle your hearts out! Try not to fall!
Now skate away! Skate away! Skate away all!

I've tried before, but Saint Dick is elusive
To get an interview would be quite an exclusive.

In less than two weeks I will be in New York
Will you grant me this wish, lest I look like a dork?

So what say you, please, sir? Can we have this dance?
Stand me in good stead with your numerous fans!

Let us hear you exclaim, as we finish our date:
"Happy Skatecast! All skating fans are first rate!"


03-13-2012, 12:04 AM
With Kristi Yamaguchi doing her promotional cross - country tour at the moment, this would make one hell of a kid's book too, manleywoman.

Fingers crossed for your interview.

03-13-2012, 12:17 AM
From the thread title, I thought he had died!

Triple Butz
03-13-2012, 12:21 AM
Woohoo! Great work....how could he possibly refuse you?? :)

03-13-2012, 01:41 AM
I hope you have pushed the right Button. :)

03-13-2012, 03:03 AM
:lol: Thanks jlai.

One of my Facebook friends spread the word on her page with this, which was awesome:

"Skatng friends please listen and you shall hear,
the tale of The Manleywoman SkateCast's quest so dear.
We know you're all capable of doing a spiral,
but can you help us make this podcast go viral?
Do all you can to share with your peeps,
so Chicagoland's Allison can interview a VEEP!"

03-13-2012, 03:41 AM
From the thread title, I thought he had died!

My heart sank.

03-13-2012, 10:27 AM
Woohoo! Great work....how could he possibly refuse you?? :)

I hope you have pushed the right Button. :)

:lol: :D :encore:

03-13-2012, 01:22 PM
Fantastic! I really hope he hears this and you can snag an interview. Good luck & have fun in NYC!

03-13-2012, 03:11 PM
Hope it "tickles his fancy" and scores the interview, manleywoman!

03-13-2012, 03:38 PM
From the thread title, I thought he had died!

My heart sank.

Ooops, sorry! Didn't mean to scare you all. :)

03-13-2012, 11:15 PM
Now he needs to do your podcast to prove he is still alive.

03-14-2012, 03:33 PM
And just so all you younger fans know,
the Brian in the poem up above's Boitano.
but I'll exclaim to you here with a hearty mouse click
with the push of a Button, there is only one Dick!

03-14-2012, 07:17 PM
^ :lol:

Please all of you feel free to share the link around twitter and facebook. I need to keep it going a few more days before I head to NYC. :)

03-15-2012, 01:11 AM
Done! ... and gladly!