Well, if you're going to be a groupie, Scrufflet, start at the top, with someone like Lightfoot.
I love it, Noskates: our own country. We need to design a passport. Does it have to be rectangular?
I love that anecdote about Kurt. I never saw his autobiography on sale here in the states. (In our country of Pseudo-Canada, of course, it would never go out of print.) It's often true that parents of kid achievers work hard to make sure their kids learn their obligations to fans. Years ago, I had the supreme good luck of getting to interview (by phone only, alas) Michelle Kwan when she was twelve and had just "promoted" herself to senior. It was for a little kids' newsletter, nothing special, and she was so new that I'm not sure anyone outside skating fandom had noticed her yet. She was just a little kid that did a nifty thing. Two or three people in our office were skate fans, so we suggested interviewing her. Afterward, she sent us a letter, handwritten, thanking us for the interview. Now, that's good parenting. No wonder she turned out the way she did.