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Frozen Assets: The New Order of Figure Skating Hardcover – January 15, 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Ashton International Media; 1st Us edition (January 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972140204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972140201
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,835,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Holden, Massachusetts in 1965 and grew up nearby in Spencer. My passion for science came from watching the Apollo missions to the Moon and being introduced to science fiction from the acclaimed TV series' UFO and Space: 1999. I knew my passion was locked in discovering the mysteries of the universe when I found myself entering science fairs (somewhere in my house is a picture of me placing in one of those contests).

Since those early days, I have worked in a variety of positions in the sports, publishing, and entertainment industries.

In 1993, I founded International Figure Skating magazine and built it into the world's largest magazine for the sport and with it Ashton International Media into a $4 million enterprise. In 2002, I authored my first book Frozen Assets: The New Order of Figure Skating.

From 1994 - 2007 I was often selected by television and media outlets to analyze the sport of figure skating. My most notable work came during the 2002 Winter Olympics which eventually landed me as one of the judge's on FOX's Skating with Celebrities in 2006.

After losing Ashton International Media in a hostile takeover (maybe I'll write a book about that experience someday), I founded Scene, a contemporary newsmagazine for the gay community that was distributed in nine countries.

It was during Scene that my long passion and interest in science fiction began to develop into ideas for a story.

Leaving Scene in 2006 while Skating with Celebrities was airing, I wrote the feature-length screenplay, First World. My take on what the astronauts discovered on the Moon during the Apollo missions has been nominated for screenplay awards at the California Independent Film Festival, The Movie Deal and Fantastic Planet Film Festival.

In 2007 I condensed the story and produced a 25 min. short film version that has screened at 20 sci-fi conventions in the United States, Australia, Japan, Great Britain, Ireland and India and was released on DVD by IndieFlix and Hulu in 2009. You can watch the trailer for First World on my profile.

In 2008 I had the funding for the feature nearly complete when the global economic crisis took those producers out of the market. It was suggested to me at one point to write the story of First World as a series of ebooks while I continue my efforts to secure funding for feature. With my background in publishing and desire to tell this story, First World: Covenant was born.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Edward Dow on January 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book was clearly prompted by the pairs skating debacle at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Strong background on the promotion powerhouses that drive the elite level of the sport (likened to the studio system of Hollywood.) Lund provides a balanced framework in an essay format to let readers draw their own conclusions as to the future of the sport. Good quotes from skaters voicing opinions on both sides of the issues. An insightful retrospective on why skating went from double digit TV ratings in 1994 after the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal with umpteen made for TV pseudo competitions to the present state of a nearly non-existant professional figure skating circuit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fruit Loop VINE VOICE on December 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In reading this book I got the distinct impression that the author compiled it from the many newspaper articles and skating magazines. Interviews with real skaters are included but there's really nothing new or different - fans of the sport and skaters are already familiar with these issues and discussions. Might be interesting for news fans of the sport
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9 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ted Wilson on January 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Mark Lund tells it like it is, but even as this book was being written the entire world of skating was changing yet again with the scandals of Salt Lake City.
When Mark started International Figure Skating Magazine, I was the person who told him it's the "TIME Magazine of skating" and never has that been more true than it is today.
Mark and his staff, including Lois Elfman are wonderful investigative reporters and are not afraid of finding out the truth. I applaud their efforts on this book and cannot wait for volume two, which I am sure is already in their minds.
Congratulations for a wonderful effort. A Must read for all followers of this beautiful sport which has such a dark political undercurrent.
Ted Wilson
Laguna Hills, California
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