30 Years Ago Today In Budapest, Hungary my life was changed when I met Kurt Browning outside the arena at the 1988 World Figure
Skating Championships. One day earlier he landed the first ratified quadruple jump (a toe loop) in competition. He would go
on to win 4 Canadian and World titles, as well as many other honours...but that day he became my friend!
This is a short video I made to mark the occasion! You can watch here Thanks to all who have been part of our journey!
North America tour information
And watch as Michael Jackson One by Cirque is the opening number for Miss USA 2017 which we attended rehearsals and also watched
from nearby as this was broadcast live! Praying it would work...amazing to see it all come together
#starsonice #figureskating #Jeopardy A: in addition to this @jeopardy clue @KurtBrowning
& @KenJennings have him in common! Q: Who is John Baker! (Me)
John was actually in the front
row at the event to which this real Jeopardy! clue refers (World Championships: Budapest, 1988) Kurt and John me athe following
day and have been friends ever since. See http://www.jhbonline.net/kb/id8.html for more!
John has met Ken Jennings only once, but here is that story: http://www.jhbonline.net/tv/id13.html Notes: Jeopardy Tournament of the Decades Airdate: May 12, 2014 Correct Response (4) by Ken Jennings
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See John, not all doctors are mean.. Wink Wink
So glad Christmas came early for you!
Great New York Times article about my buddies Kurt Browning Sonia Rodriguez Jirina Ribbens
and the Ice Theatre of New York. Nobody understands how much I wish I could've joined them to support them as they
have always supported me... You are all family. <3 John Here's an article from NY Times! Sorry I missed it:
NY TImes: Seeking Inspiration, to Be Served Well Chilled http://nyti.ms/16HiIxq
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Just missed seeing Kurt at Stars On Ice due to my Stupid kidney tubes! Between missing Miss CA, Miss NV , and Stars on Ice
I guess I finally just lost it! Everyone has a breaking point! Please play get another chance to see him. We could use some
new photos! Lol!
be a big deal to keep you from a skating show.Let the doctors do their thing and you supply the strength. Kurt
@KurtBrowning At my appt yesterday, Drs. advised I my third procedure, soon,. No date set yet. Thanks for hanging in on this long journey
With Kurt Browning
& Rosalynn Sumners
HOW I GOT INTO SKATING
During the 1970's, my family and I watched ABC's Wide World of Sports every weekend. One day,
in 1974, the US Championships were on, that afternoon Dorothy Hamill skated right into my heart. I was hooked! (Ms. Hamill
has since "apologized" for getting me into this!) I loved her and her sport...following her through her Olympic and World
victories... and into the Ice Capades. Home from school due to a broken leg and subsequent surgery. I read everything I could
about skating, and began to follow skaters such as Linda Fratianne, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner more closely.
In 1981, the World Championships were held in Hartford, CT, USA about three hours (by car) from my home on Long Island.
My mother said we could make a "one time only" trip. Through my dear friend, the late Barbara Cassella, I was able to meet
the lovely and gracious Ms. Hamill. I also met such skaters as JoJo Starbuck and Judy Blumberg. It was the trip of a lifetime...or
so I thought!
Somehow, my Dad decided I had to do this again the next year...in Copenhagen, Denmark? it was there that I made my first
true skating buddies: Elaine Zayak, Rosalynn Sumners, Kitty & Peter Carruthers...They are the reason I love skating...For
me, they were the beginning but not the end.
I continue to respect skating as a sport, and spend way too much money on travel expenses, because people such as: Kurt
Browning, Susie Wynne, Debi Thomas, Nicole Bobek, Michelle Kwan, Dick Button, Jirina Ribbens, Peter Burrows, Mary-Lynn Geldermann,
John Nicks, Ron Ludington, Peggy Fleming, Jill Watson, Jill Trenary, Peter Oppegard, Tonia Kwiatkowski, Nancy Kerrigan, Scott
Hamilton, Kyoko Ina, Jason Dungjen,Yuka Sato, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jenni Meno, Todd Sand, Christopher Bowman, Carolyn Kruse,
Carol Heiss-Jenkins, Lea-Ann Miller, Bill Fauver, Shae Lynn Bourne, Victor Kraatz, Brian Orser ...and many more to numerous
to list...have not only represented their sport with honor on the ice...but have also contributed to the quality
of my life off the ice. I don't attend many skating events anymore, but I will be forever grateful for all they have
done for me.