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"A hilarious but accurate account of life and the related
humorously funny events that occurred at the Kodiak Tracking
Station on Kodiak, Alaska during the 1950's and 1960's."|
Compiled and Written By:
The author personally worked at Chiniak for 10 years, and having experienced some of these events depicted in this book, many of my friends and associates have encouraged me to write about it to preserve it's interesting and unique history. We made every attempt to present accurate information. A good half of the material for this effort was obtained from interviews and tapes donated to the author. Although some of the events may appear to be somewhat unbelievable, they DID occur.
In order to make this literary effort a little humorous and still not embarrass some of the people referred to, we have changed some of the names slightly. For those of you that were around Chiniak and Kodiak during those "Heady" days, I'm sure you can read through the "new" names and figure it out pretty well. At the time of the completion of this book (1995), the author was still being literally flooded with additional inputs and information pertaining to the Chiniak Saga.
The writing was an effort, (on and off) of a good 4 years. It seemed that every time I had a section, event, and/or chapter "nailed down", additional information would show up. So, in desperation, I had chose to finish this original effort, and start on the sequel to this on-going Saga. It will be called CHINIAK TOO. Your additional inputs to the new book would be appreciated and gratefully accepted. I move around the State quite a bit now in my semi-retirement, so just use my current amateur radio call book address for KL7AF. Any "Ham" can get it for you.
Finally, collecting information and writing about Chiniak brought back a lot of warm and cherished moments for me, as it reflected a very special part of MY life. I sincerely do hope that this book brings a little chuckle, smile, and a warm recollection for each one of you that reads it.
So relax, fix yourself a good drink, and enjoy!!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|01||The Radar Station that never was||01-02|
|02||The Creation of the Kodiak Tracking Station||03-04|
|03||The Town and It's Relationship with Chiniak||05-06|
|04||The Air Force Providith . . . . . .||07-08|
|05||The First "Shoot"||09-10|
|07||The Great Toboggan Race||13-15|
|08||The Military Invasion of Chiniak (Or, Spies like us...)||16-17|
|10||Named Landmarks of the Chiniak Highway||22-26|
|11||The Casa de Toro||27-28|
|13||Living at Chiniak||31-33|
|14||The Endless Chow Line||34-36|
|15||People's Hobbies at Chiniak||37-38|
|17||A Space Accident||42-43|
|19||The Site Water Supply (Or, Jaws 6?)||47-48|
|20||Winter Storms at Chiniak||49-50|
|21||The Chiniak Women's "Koffee-Klutching" Auxiliary||51-53|
|22||Burko takes over from Budson||54|
|23||Lockheed takes over from Philco||55-56|
|25||The Quonset Huts||61-63|
|27||The Chiniak Light and Power Company||67-68|
|28||The Great Grunion Run of 1966||69-71|
|29||The Women's Bowling Tournament of 1967||72-74|
|31||Disconnected events of the era 1958-1970||78-82|
|32||The Kalsin Bay Inn||83-84|
|33||The Serious Side of Chiniak||85|
|34||The "Cat is out of the bag" . . . . . .||86|
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