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Iditarod Hall of Fame
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Since its obscure and somewhat shaky beginning
in 1973, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has become an Alaska institution.
People across the nation and around the world now follow the race
through newspapers, magazines, television and the Internet. In the
minds of many, the state andthe race are synonymous.
In 1997, on the 25th anniversary of the Iditarod,, we decided to
mark that milestone by establishing the Anchorage Daily News Iditarod
Hall of Fame. Our goal was to honor the accomplishments of those
whose dedication has made the race legendary.
Nominations to the Hall of Fame have come from readers and a Daily
News committee of people with extensive knowledge of the race. Nominations
are then debated and final selections made by a committee of journalists
who have covered the race for many years.
Some selections are obvious to even the most casual fan. Others
might surprise you. Each year, we consider new nominees, although
new members are not inducted unless someone's contribution to the
race rises to Hall of Fame status.
The Iditarod has never been all about winning, but rather about
spirit -- of the dogs, the volunteers, the competitors -- truly
the spirit of Alaska. It is in that spirit that we present the Hall
Patrick Dougherty, Editor
Nominators were: Tom Busch, news director at Nome
radio station KNOM; Howard Farley of Nome, who ran in the first
Iditarod and has been a volunteer ever since; Daily News Sports
Editor Lew Freedman, author of several Iditarod books; Daily News
copy editor Frank Gerjevic, who covered several early Iditarods;
Tim Jones of Valdez, author of ''The Last Great Race'' and co-author
of "Race Across Alaska"; ''Dateline NBC'' correspondent John Larson,
who covered the race from 1977 to 1984; Brian O'Donoghue, a Fairbanks
Daily News-Miner reporter who finished last in the 1991 Iditarod
and wrote a book called ''My Lead Dog Was a Lesbian''; and KTUU-Channel
2 News Director John Tracy.
The job of selecting 10 first-year inductees fell
to a committee of journalists: Daily News Executive Sports Editor
Beth Bragg, KTUU-Channel 2 Sports Director John Carpenter; Associated
Press reporter Maureen Clark; photographer Fran Durner, Outdoors
Editor Craig Medred and reporter Doug O'Harra, all of the Daily
News; and KTUU-Channel 2 Cameraman Eric Soule.
The Anchorage Daily News Iditarod Hall of Fame
profiles were edited by Mike Doogan.
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