Scrapbook Project - Description
2006 marked a significant year in Kurt Browning's life, both from a
career standpoint, and in his personal life. He turns 40 in June, and
celebrates his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife, Sonia
Rodriguez. And in March, at the World Championships in Calgary, he
was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, a recognition
well-deserved and long-overdue.
When the Kurt Files realized that 2006 would be such a year full of
milestones, we decided that we had to do something to commemorate such
a significant year, to celebrate Kurt's achievements and career, and
just to thank him for the years of enjoyment he'd brought all of his
fans over the years. To this end, a scrapbook project was organized
that would incorporate messages, photos, and memories submitted by
Kurt's fans and directed towards Kurt. The project was twofold: two
books were to be created, one of messages from Kurt's fans to Kurt,
and the other a fun "ABC book" inspired by Kurt's own "A is for Axel"
book of words fans might associate with Kurt.
Fans from all over the Web mailed in full scrapbook pages that they
had created for Kurt, or emailed messages and photos to include in the
book. A poll of fans' top ten favorite Kurt programs was conducted,
and comments on the top ten programs were solicited. The top ten
programs to receive votes were incorporated into the "ABC book." Some
messages and posts were found on various message boards and blogs, and
used with permission by their authors. All in all, some 55 fans
contributed messages or pages, while dozens more contributed money,
comments, votes, ideas, poems, or photos.
The completed scrapbook project consisted of two books - the
leatherbound 12"x12" fan message book "As Time Goes By: Or 101 Reasons
Why We're Glad You Quit Hockey," and the colorful 12"x12" "K is for
Kurt: A Kurt Browning Fan's Alphabet" - in a new Swiss Army
briefcase so Kurt would have something to carry the books home in.
This project would not be possible without the hard work and
contributions of Kurt fans everywhere. Several fans in particular put
hours of time and effort into various aspects of both books,
particularly the ABC book, which was largely created by a group of
five dedicated fans - Doris, Brit, Jean, Suzie, and Toni. Special
thanks to Wendy, who put in several very long nights helping me put
together fan message pages from emailed submissions, and who
diligently took photos of every page, as well as of Kurt receiving the
book. Also special thanks to Jean, who came up with the idea of the
ABC book, and had many creative and useful ideas for the book, as well
as Brit who helped a great deal in the organizational and creative
aspects of the book, and who helped to keep its organizer sane. Other
fans donated ideas, photos, or money to help this project. Both the
ABC book and the message book contain full credits pages citing all
This page has been created to let fans get a look at the completed
project that was given to Kurt at the reception after the Stars on Ice
show in Vancouver, BC on May 7, 2006, as well as to get a glimpse at
Kurt's reaction. Not every page will be shown - the pages posted here
have been posted with the permission of the submitters, with names and
faces blurred out where requested. However, enough should be here to
give a sense of the work and love that went into this project from so
many of Kurt Browning's dedicated fans.
Or...go directly to the scrapbook pages.