Saturday, April 4, 2015

Photo of My Book With Skating Magazines!

Thank you Christine Crowe for sending me this photo. I'm so honored for her photo to include my book next to SKATING Magazine and ISI's Ice Skating!


Joel and Miss Molly Reunite! 4-4-15

Joel went to the YMCA when he was a little kid. Today, in San Antonio, Texas, one of the day care workers that loved and adored him, reunited with him! "Miss Molly" wrote the following today:

"Fifteen years ago I worked at the YMCA in Colorado Springs and met this little 5 year boy named Joel Farris. He was the cutest ever!!! I absolutely adored him. The last time I saw him was in 2000, and as I hugged that little guy and said goodbye, I cried. I had just fallen in love with him. He made me laugh every single day!! Today, I FINALLY got to see him again, as he is one of the performers in the Disney Frozen on Ice show. You know the second I found out he was in the show, I bought tickets. (He played young Kristoff in the beginning and then an escort at the coronation.) After the show, I FINALLY got to hug him again!! The best part was that this time I got to bring my own little cutie pie to watch Joel as he made me smile again! :)" 





Saturday, March 28, 2015

Joel Schneider-Farris and Curtis Socha Meet - 3-25-15

This is an emotional photo since I taught skating with Curtis Socha from 1991--1994 in Colorado Springs. Curtis was an amazing "Broadmoor skater" and kid then and shortly after that he toured with Disney On Ice for 4 years.

My son Joel and Curtis met this week when Joel's tour, Disney On Ice: Frozen was in Dallas!

(When I taught skating at the Plaza Ice Chalet in "The Springs" with Curtis, Joel was not born yet...who would have thought the two of them would be talking about their experiences skating with Disney On Ice in 2015???!!!)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I Sort of Made My 3 Kids "Do Patch"....

Thank you Richard Stansberry of The Compulsory Figures Project for sharing this photo of my three wonderful kids, Rebekah, Annabelle, and Joel . My kids will tell the story of how I sort of "made them DO PATCH".....and yes...this is our family's scribe and once in awhile I use that scribe and "do patch!" I think this photo was taken during Broadmoor World Arena Summer Skate 2009 or 2010.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Supplemental Index That Goes With My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating Available for Purchase or Free Download

(Note: The digital version of the index is FREE!)
Thank you Ellen Phillips!

Ellen Phillips put together the index that goes with MY SKATING LIFE: FIFTY PLUS YEARS OF SKATING by Jo Ann Schneider Farris.

The index is amazing and is a true “labor of love.” In addition, this index enhances Jo Ann's story since there are so many people, places, events, and skating terms in Ellen's wonderful and thorough index.

The first edition of MY SKATING LIFE, published in late 2014, did not include the index, so this supplemental index has been made especially for readers who purchased MY SKATING LIFE before the index was completed.

Thank you so much. Ellen! Happy Skating!


Friday, February 13, 2015

My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating - Available in Hardcover, Paperback, and eBook!

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Letter About My Book, MY SKATING LIFE - From Past President of US Figure Skating, Morry Stillwell

I received this wonderful letter yesterday, from Morry Stillwell, former President, US Figure Skating! He has given me permission to share his letter! It means so much to me!


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Dear Jo Ann,

Last night I had the time to reread your book. I want to thank you for the many memories your book brings to my mind.

Your days in California are especially precious. Those days mirror my own experiences.

I knew every person mentioned in your California days.

Following is a little background based on my own life. Howie Harold was a very good friend. I was the one, when we both lived in Seattle, that converted Howie to Ice. We were both competitive Roller Skaters, although, Howie was RSROA and I was USARA. When I got out of the Army in 1953 and moved LA, Howie followed my move later in the year.

During that time most ice dancers were skating at Polar Place and Paramount. Polar Palace had an early evening dance session on Saturday night and most of us would go from there to the Culver City Roller Rink and skate their session. The girls always had a hard time because the rink thought the ice skating dresses were too short. The rink also complained that "these ice skaters" skated too fast.

Sylvia Mennine lived a block from me in Malibu. Doug used to pick her up and take her to the rink.

Again, thank you so much for the great book,

Morry