94. Hi! I'm Jo Ann Schneider Farris,
from the Schneider Family. (In the ice skating world,
we were always known as the Three Schneiders:
Jo Ann, Billy, and Lynnellen.) We grew up in southern California,
and our first competitive coach, Doug Chapman, insisted
on Harlick boots starting in 1965. Not only did he
insist on Harlick boots, but he insisted that only Mr.
Henderson fit us personally. So, although we lived
in southern California, we drove to San Francisco every
time we needed new boots. I remember going up an
old elevator in your building in San Francisco!
My brother Billy
Schneider 1 and Picture 2 is the most well
know skater in our family. Billy was the youngest skater
in the US National Championships in 1970; here are some
photos him skating in that Nationals (of course he's
wearing Harlicks!) Billy went on to compete in Nationals
year after year. In 1973, he was the US Junior
Men's Bronze Medallist. He continued to compete,
winning Midwestern Senior Men in the late 70s, and began
coaching skating in 1980. Since then, he has trained
numerous National Champions and is a Master Rated Coach
with the Professional Skaters Association.
95. I'm the next skating Schneider (Jo Ann Schneider) that was
also a National Competitor. With my partner, Richard
Griffin, I became the Silver Medallist in Junior Dance in
1975. (By the way, Richard only wears Harlicks too!)
After competing in Senior Dance in 1976 and 1977, I took
a few years off from skating, and began coaching in 1983. I
live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and coach both ice and
in-line skating. In fact, I have Pic Frame skates mounted
on my most recent pair of custom Harlicks, and I'm the author
of a new book: HOW TO JUMP AND SPIN ON IN-LINE SKATES. Here's
a photo of me at about age 15 or 16 (around 1971) in Harlicks:
96. Then, there was my sister Lynnellen Schneider. Lynnellen
was one of the most outstanding skaters in figures in the
southern California area in the 1960s and early 1970s. Here's
Lynnellen at age 10 (around 1968) (wearing Harlicks of course!)
97. Jo Ann Schneider Farris and Rich Griffin.
Since I sent you a message about the Three Schneiders, I
made an additional web page on me and my partner Richard
Griffin. Here is a photo of us when we won the Silver
Medal in Junior Dance at Nationals in 1975
My parents also insisted on Harlicks for themselves. My
dad, Dr. Arthur Schneider, now a USFSA Judge in the Chicago
area, wears nothing but Harlicks, and my mom, Edith Schneider
owns a pair too.
98. Ken Johnson Ken
Johnson, from a ranch in Sonoma Valley, California, to the
excitement of a career on ice, this dazzling, young ice dancer
makes his professional debut in his interpretation of "Coming
Home" when Holiday on Ice open. Holiday On Ice 1976 - 1977.
99. Unknown ??? What
a fabulous website you have! I enjoyed your photo gallery,
and have some information for you regarding photo gallery
volume 4, photograph 99. The photo is of Mark Montaigne
and Alison Blake from Ice Capades"Magic Time",
in 1976 as they appeared in the "Romance" number from the
opening of "Magic Time" My name is Michael Fowler and
I was in the corps de ballet from that production. Mark
and Alison also appeared in the second act of that production
in a number entitled "Chopin Fantasy" Their number was "Fantasy
Impromptu" Keep up your great work!!
Thank you Michael.
100. Tracy Prussack Currently
coaching in the San Francisco Bay area.
101. Scott Prussack Tracy's
Fleming Jenkins William Morris Agency Photo
103. Linda Fratianne Photo
104. Richard Dwyer Ice
Follies favorite for 30 years skating as "Mr. Debonair".
105. Camellia Hudson Ice
Capades 1975 - 1976.
106. Adele Woods Looks
to me like some PhotoShop editing went on here. Looks good
107. Monty Hoyt From
108. Montan? & ??? Holiday
on Ice 1963 - 1964.
109. Montan? & ??? Holiday
110. Michele Monnier Holiday
on Ice International 1966 - 1967.
111. Somebody's Baby ??? This
cute little girl has been identified as Tasha Allen,
by Linda Adams Garl. Tasha was 19 months at the time and
is the daughter of Juanita Percelly Allen and Tommy Allen.
They skated with Holiday on Ice and the photo was taken about
1978 or 1979. Thanks Linda for the update.
Here is an update from Tasha's father, Tommy Allen.
I just found the picture of Tasha Allen and would like
to thank you for including her in your historical pictures. That
Picture was taken while we were filming the Ed Sullivan show
in Louisville, KY in 1969 and Tasha was about 18 or 19 months
old. You had just made her the pair of boots she is
wearing and probably wearing them for the first time. They
were beautiful beige and helped extend her leg length in
those years, which at her age were not long and beautiful. She
did skate for awhile but decided that it was not for her.
She grew up to be very pretty and eventually worked in the
movie business where she met her husband Joe Guerino. They
have presented Juanita and I with two beautiful grandchildren
Gianna and Nicholas of which we are so proud of. Juanita
lives in Brentwood Ca. and works on Rodeo Drive for Fendi
an Italian clothier. I live in Phoenix, AZ and still
teach skating. I love teaching and have been doing
it since I left the Holiday on Ice tour in 1972, having been
lucky enough to have had several National and International
competitors and medallists in both national and international
competitions. I want to thank Linda Adams for
identifying Tasha and tell you I work with the other half
of the Linda’s, Linda Sowell Stabler. Thanks
again for the photo and the many memories of those wonderful
years that Juanita and I spent with Holiday on Ice, and for
all the pairs of great Harlick boots we both wore during
those years. We still have the pair of boots you made
for Tasha and they still look good.
Photo from Courier-Journal and Louisville Times.
112. Jane Moody
113. Charlene Mc Laren Ice
Capades International 1968. Charlene McLaren, brilliant newcomer
this season, makes her professional debut in the surprisingly
different Ice Capades, America's #1 Family Show.
114. Rick Inglesi European
Holiday on Ice 1977.
115. Skippy Baxter
and Lisa Gonsalves Lisa is 5 years old in
116. Patty Montaigne
117. Michelle Ford
and Glenn Patterson
118. JoAnn Mc Gowan
121. Bob Hubbard Ice
Capades 1967 - Ice Capades International. Daring Bob Hubbard
puts on an exhibition of skill and speed with his death-defying
leaps through fire hoops and over obstacles in the all new
26th Edition of Ice Capades, America's #1 Family Show.
122. Doug Austin Ice
Capades 1964 - A Salute to Cole Porter. One of the numbers
he starred in along with Cathy Machado and Phil Romayne and
Cathy Steele. Doug was with both companies of Ice Capades
for o total of 13 years.
123. Program Cover & Stars
of the Show These are excerpts from the Berkeley
Festival Association presents "Pop Concerts and Ice Ballet" from
Berkeley Ice Land 1944. Submitted by Lois Hollenbeck (Lois
Walker). She also adds,
While browsing your web site, I recognized some names and
pictures and nostalgia misted up my glasses so I could
hardly see. It was a long time ago and I have very little
left of those wonderful old days, when skating was the
only thing in the world and our greatest fear was that
we might get polio and become paralyzed. The war, the blackouts,
flunking geometry, even boys, all meant nothing. Next to
polio, the worst nightmare was walking the mile down to
the ice rink, only to find out that you had forgotten your
skating tights. By the time you walked back to get them,
the session would be over.
I have managed to save one or two of the
programs from the Berkeley Festival's Pop Concerts and Ice
Ballet series at Berkeley Iceland in the 1940's and I've
scanned one or two pages for you to see. I wish all our children
and grandchildren could have seen these shows. I don't think
there has been anything like them since. The symphony was
on a raised dais at the back end of the rink. A wooden floor
was laid on the ice in front of it for the San Francisco
Opera Ballet and we skated on what was left of the ice. A
different show every week! Life was just one solid rehearsal.
What Heaven!! We did excerpts from Swan Lake, Coppelia, Peter
and the Wolf, Nutcracker and many, many other great pieces
of music. Some classic and some modern. I especially remember
Stravinsky's Fire Bird because we had to hold up the 3ft.
or 4ft. pieces of wood that held the many layers of scalloped
bird wings. I'm not sure how we managed to live through THAT
one. The costumes were painted with luminous paint that glowed
when they dimmed the house lights and turned the 'black lights'
on. I think it was the first experiment with black light.
We were really skating blindly. We did another number to
Ravel's Bolero. I think that was the one that we had to count
a lot of bars of music before moving. I can remember counting,
1 da da da dum dum 2 da da da dum dum and so on. It was quite
a hit I think.
I was usually just one of the girls in the chorus line, but
occasionally I got a solo part. Usually something that had
to be done in a fright wig and that no one else wanted to
do, like the golly-wog in Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee,
or the limp and floppy jack-in-the-box. I secretly yearned
to be the Sugar Plum Fairy, but it really didn't matter too
much, I'd have done anything just so I could skate.
I have sent the front page of the 1944 program
in an attachment, because I couldn't figure out how to do
it any other way. If it takes too long to down load, let
me know, before I send anything else.
I will send you another page from this same
program in a second e-mail, with pictures of some of the
skaters from the Bay Area. Anna-Marie Regalia is one of them.
She skated in those shows with us (natives of Iceland, Berkeley
and members of the St. Moritz ISC *G*) but she was from somewhere
else. Possibly San Francisco, but maybe down south in LA.
I know we were very territorial in our teens and, shame on
us, we didn't always treat out-of-towners kindly. I remember
one particular incident, when a bunch of us lined up with
our elbows on the rail, willing some poor girl from another
club to fail a test she was taking in that corner of the
rink. I think she passed anyway, but it does say something
about man's inhumanity to man, doesn't it?
You will notice the picture of Barbara Uhl,
sister of Helen, of whom you already have a picture in your
archive. They didn't look anything alike, Helen with dark
hair and Barbara very red-haired. I believe they were from
San Francisco. The Skate and Ski Club was at Sutro then.
Lois Hartzel was an opera singer. These were truly Pop Concerts.
If you're interested, I would be happy to
send the rest of the pages from this program. There is one
that describes the show and how it was conceived. Perhaps
it would inspire someone to do it again. I'm 74 now, and
I didn't think there was anyone left who cared any more.
I have enjoyed browsing through the pictures you have already
assembled. I wonder where they all are today and where they've
been. Thanks for the memories.
Lois Hollenbeck (Lois Walker, then)
124. Judy Stasenka 1 and Judy
Stasenka 2 Judy skated with Holiday on Ice in
1958/59 and her name at that time was Judy Rudolph. She
is married now and works with the University of Nebraska
in Lincoln, Nebraska in the Engineering Department as
an Administrative Assistant and News Editor and also
teaches ice skating at the local rink.
125. Marilyn Ruth Take Autographed
photo of Marilyn Ruth Take. This photo is from the Winnipeg
Winter Club Carnival of 1947 Programme.
126. Holiday on Ice of 1959 - photo taken 10-22-58 in Columbus, Ohio
127. The "Laughing Russians" was from the 1960 HOI show, taken in Greenville, SC.ã We weren't supposed to even smile in that number, and one of the girls had just sneezed loudly, so we were all trying to stifle our laughter. Left to Right: Angie, Jean, (I've forgotten their last names!), me with my spear out of line, Patsy Coy, and Pat Cernac.