The lcelandic Weekly
Logberg ítofnað 14. janúar 1888
Heimslringla Stofnað 9. september 1886
Föstudagur 7. júní 1991
Friday, 7 June 1991
Inside this week:
Lögberg-Heimskringla Why not?..........................page 2
A mystery solved.................................................................3
Team-work is important to Bob Ásgeirsson........................6
Active lifestyle keeps this Senior on the go........................7
featuring . . . the lcelandic
Canadian Club of Toronto Newsletter
pages 4 & 5
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Sigurjón Síghvatsson, co-owner of
Propaganda Films, along withhispart-
ner Steve Golin, produced Madon-
na's newly released rock documen-
tary, Madönria Truth orDare. Through
their eompany, Mahifesto, they also
financecf half of the productíon of
Barton Fink, the filrn which received
this year's Palme D'Or award in
Cannes. Manifesto will be in charge of
the fi|mrs dístribution outsídethe U.S^;
Pröpaganda Fitms is now Amerí-
ca's largest producer of musíc videos
with about 40% of the market. It ís
best known for producíng Wild a.i
Heart, whích won iastyear's Bést Filrn;
award in Cannes, and the TV seríes
A Viking Feast:
The Fjörukra (Beach Tavern) in
Hafnarfjörður will now offer íts clients
rQasted mountain lamb and brerinivin
and served by Viking maidens, who
now and then break irtto song. The
Pjörukró's decor is based upon au-
thentic Víking abodes the perfect
surroundingsfora regufarVikíng Feast
Mexico seeks advice:
Mexico has been seekíng lcelandic
CQHaboration and know-how in the
'íeld of físheríes Oscar Gonzales
^odriguez, Mexíco's ássistant Minis-
come to the iceianders because they
are leaders in many areas of ihe físh-
tígcj 'ndu-itryand understandably so,
¦¦¦¦ce they, more than most nations,
^epend upon sensíble harvestíng of
tn view of a possibie free^trade
deal between Mexíco, the U.S., and
^anada, the Mexícans intend to mod-
ernize their fishing índustry.
TranslateJ frotn lcelandic
K. tvewspapers, HrK.&.
Karl V. Burkhauser and Brlan H.
During the recent Gulf War, an
American soldier of Icelandic descent,
Captain Brian H. Guðmundsson, the
son of ívar and Barbara Guðmundsson
of Washington, met, by chance, an-
other soldier also of Icelandic descent.
Captain Guðmundsson saw the tattooed
image of of a Viking's head and the
Icelandic flag on the arm of Corporal
Karl V. Burkhauser. Needless to say, he
inquired about Burkhauser's origin.
Burkhauser told Guðmundsson that his
mother, Sif, is lcelandic from Húsavík
and his tather is an American. His fam-
ily had moved from Iceland when he
Ready to set sail
All Icelanders know that Leifur
Eiríksson discovered America around
the year 1000 and that he was an
Icelander, the son of Eiríkur the Red,
who settled in Greenland. The sailors.
in the above photo Herdís Ellen
Gunnarsdóttir, Ríkharður Pétursson,
and Gerður Rósa Gunnarsdóttir are
three of the five Icelanders selected
to represent Iceland on the voyage of
the Gaia.the Saga Siglar and the
Oseberg viking ships, to commem-
orate Leifur's find. The Gaia alone
will sail from Norway to Iceland, then
to Greenland and L'Anse-aux-
Meadows. She will be joined by the
Saga Siglar and the Oseberg in
Halifax. The three ships will then set
sail to Washington D.C., and are
scheduled to arrive there on October 9,
Leifur Eiríksspn Day, with a number of
port-stops on the way.
Þorrablót, Toronto Style
by Joan Eyolfson Cadham
Two non-Icelandic impressions of
Þorrablót probably describe, as well as
anything does, the reason why this is
such a popular ethnic celebration.
I had told a Montreal friend that we
were off to Toronto for Þorrablót. "Is is
a craft fair?" she asked. "Is it a show-
case for artisans?" No, I told her, won-
dering if she'd think our annual festival
was very unsophisticated. First, I said,
there's a wonderful buffet of all the
traditional foods, the foods that remind
us of the hardships faced by a race that
had to preserve food well enough to
survive winter gales and blizzards. Then
there's either a literary element or some-
thing for the kidspeople bring their
little ones alongand a dance that is
punctuated with various folk dashing
by to say: There's someone you must
meet from Elfros, or, do you know so-
and-so from Foam Lake, as the partici-
pants establish links and connections.
Joanie's eyes sparkled. "What a vi-
brant celebration!" she exclaimed.
"How very lucky you are."
My other nonlcelandic friend was
much more pragmatic. She had come to
Þorrablót with us in Toronto before
and she was anticipating a second invi-
tation with undisguised enthusiasm.
'i'm impressed," she said. "I've never
Good food fuels good conversatlon
met an entire race that celebrates food
with such unabashed delight."
Þorrablót was late in Toronto this
year, a condition of availability of the
hall more than for any other reason, but
in welcoming the 200 guests on April 6,
club president David Scarth suggested
that we might consider we were cel-
ebrating Góumót (spring gathering)
rather than Þorrablót the sacrifice to
Whatever the occasion, the crowd of
200 plus made this one of the largest
spring festivals in Canada this year.
Special guests were the Honorary
Consel for Iceland, Jon Johnson and his
wife, Dr. Patricia Johnson. All the door
prizes and raffle prizes were drawn by
Icelanders who identified themselves and
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