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    Dick Button should write his memoirs

    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.

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    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.

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    I totally agree. I am surprised no one has asked him to it.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    He already did..... Dick Button on Skates (1955)

    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.

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    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).

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    Or he could do a podcast interview with me.
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    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.
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    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.
    Last edited by skatesindreams; 02-27-2012 at 11:46 PM.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manleywoman View Post
    Or he could do a podcast interview with me.
    Let me know when I can sign the petition!

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    Hee! Never thought about a petition. Perhaps I should . . .
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nylynnr View Post
    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    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.

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    That seems likely.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manleywoman View Post
    Or he could do a podcast interview with me.
    That would be epic!

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    I emailed him again today, since I'm heading to NYC in a few weeks. Fingers crossed.

    I really wonder if I should write a petition . . .

    Another thing I thought of doing (too late into December though) was rewriting the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the words of course me begging him for an interview. I was having fun changing the phrases, like Saint Nick becoming Saint Dick, and :

    On Hamill, on Fleming,
    on Albright and Tickner.
    On Abbott, on Eldredge,
    Babilonia and Gardner.

    Etc.

    I thought if I wrote an Ode To Saint Dick, he might pay attention. (or maybe think I'm nuts)
    Last edited by manleywoman; 02-29-2012 at 11:22 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manleywoman View Post
    I emailed him again today, since I'm heading to NYC in a few weeks. Fingers crossed.

    I really wonder if I should write a petition . . .

    Another thing I thought of doing (too late into December though) was rewriting the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the words of course me begging him for an interview. I was having fun changing the phrases, like Saint Nick becoming Saint Dick, and :

    On Hamill, on Fleming,
    on Albright and Tickner.
    On Abbott, on Eldredge,
    Babilonia and Gardner.

    Etc.

    I thought if I wrote an Ode To Saint Dick, he might pay attention. (or maybe think I'm nuts)
    I think the poem idea would stand you in good stead.

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    someone start a facebook page demanding that manleywoman should interview him
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by manleywoman View Post
    I emailed him again today, since I'm heading to NYC in a few weeks. Fingers crossed.

    I really wonder if I should write a petition . . .

    Another thing I thought of doing (too late into December though) was rewriting the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the words of course me begging him for an interview. I was having fun changing the phrases, like Saint Nick becoming Saint Dick, and :

    On Hamill, on Fleming,
    on Albright and Tickner.
    On Abbott, on Eldredge,
    Babilonia and Gardner.

    Etc.

    I thought if I wrote an Ode To Saint Dick, he might pay attention. (or maybe think I'm nuts)
    Throw in some U.S. World Team members from the 1940s and 50s and some obscure American history references and you should be a shoe-in.

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