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    Information required on Dorothy Goos Holiday on Ice skater

    In the late fifties, when I was a little boy, I saw an ice extravaganza in Port Elizabeth (now the Nelson Mandela Metropole) in South Africa, and was enchanted by its star. The name of the show was (I think) Holiday on Ice, and the American skater, Dorothy Goose. I remember being devastated when she subsequently died in an aeroplane crash. Circumstances have conspired to bring her to mind recently, but when I Google, her name doesn't come up. Does anybody have information about her? Or possibly pictures? I should very much like to revisit this childhood experience.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabena_Flight_548
    The most likely plane crash for a U.S. skater to die in would be the catastrophic 1961 flight that wiped out the US team and their coaches and families.
    I can't find a name that looks like Dorothy Goose on the list.

    Are you sure it wasn't the gas leak explosion at Holiday on Ice that killed Dorothy Goose, and not an air crash?

    Holiday On Ice has often used less famous skaters. Wikipedia has a list of the shows HOI did. If you can identify the general theme of the show, you could then look for a program from the show, which would surely have a picture of her.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiday_on_ice
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabena_Flight_548
    The most likely plane crash for a U.S. skater to die in would be the catastrophic 1961 flight that wiped out the US team and their coaches and families.
    I can't find a name that looks like Dorothy Goose on the list.

    Are you sure it wasn't the gas leak explosion at Holiday on Ice that killed Dorothy Goose, and not an air crash?

    Holiday On Ice has often used less famous skaters. Wikipedia has a list of the shows HOI did. If you can identify the general theme of the show, you could then look for a program from the show, which would surely have a picture of her.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiday_on_ice
    Many thanks for your response. I was a boy of four or five at the time, and don't have very much memory to go on, beyond the fact that there was a sequence in which skaters wore panniered skirts and pompadours in pastel shades of green, pink and blue, which outraged my infantine sense of propriety (I think even blue rinses were a rarity then, or certainly didn't figure much in my world!). I do, however, remember Dorothy Goose as a figure of brilliance and enchantment. She definitely died in a plane crash, because I recall seeing the headline in the local newspaper.

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    Here are some photos that may jog your memory

    http://www.icestagearchive.com/hoiintl.html

    And two movies from the era

    Holiday on Ice 1956

    and a documentary about a lot of old shows.

    http://fabulousiceage.com/stars-of-the-show/

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    This thread makes me realize how many skaters that we no longer think about played a part in attracting fans to skating. It's worth remembering that it's not just the big stars who are ambassadors of the sport.

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    This is very Proustian. Nothing brings more joy than to revisit an old, pleasurable memory.

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