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Tonya Harding: You’re Not Going to Believe This

I’m blown away:

Tonya Harding tussled in her home with a man she described as her boyfriend, prompting an emergency call by the figure skater-turned-boxer and an arrest of the man.

Christopher Nolan was charged with assault and pleaded not guilty Monday. He told deputies Harding threw him down and bit his finger when he said she had too much to drink on Sunday. The 27-year-old Nolan was ordered to stay away from Harding and to avoid alcohol.

Is there any Oregonian more famous than Harding?

  1. Tyler says:

    My brother used to tell me he and I were distant relatives of Sally Struthers. To this day, many years after first hearing this terrible rumor, I am still haunted by the possibility that it is true.

  2. Ian says:

    Reading the wikipedia list, I guess the only one who might beat Harding in terms of pop-culture awareness is Sally Struthers.

    Also, as I would say to Olly, let me drop some math: Executioner’s Song > Shot in the Heart


  3. Danimal says:

    Yeah, a lot of those people are more distinguished than Tonya, but when was the last time you heard a Linus Pauling joke?

  4. Sho says:

    Here’s a list of famous people from Oregon courtesy of Wikipedia, but it really doesn’t help a whole lot.

  5. Danimal says:

    Oh yeah, Gary Gilmore. There’s a name to hang your hat on.

    Incidentally, his brother Mikal’s book, Shot in the Heart, is probably the best book ever to come out of Oregon.

    (Yes, Mr. Kesey, I know you’re in the room. If you see Norman Mailer let him know I’m hatin’ on him next.)

  6. Ian says:

    Dan: I really can’t think of anyone either, although at one time it was likely Gary Gilmore.

    How depressing.

  7. Olly says:

    Tyler: Harding was just reacting in a quite reasonable and proportional manner to that fucking abominable remake of Insomnia.

  8. Danimal says:

    I saw this post at 10 AM and now, nearly seven hours later, I haven’t come up with a more famous Oregonian. It’s so sa — no, wait! Herbert Hoover! He’s from Newberg! To a certain extent!

    Oh, that’s a relief. Which is also sad.

  9. Tyler says:

    So she’s dating the director of Momento now? She is famous.

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