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August 19, 2004

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Ketchikan: Tibetan Monks perform "Mystical Arts of Tibet" - The fabulous multiphonic singers of Tibet's Drepung Loseling Monastery, whose sellout performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center received national acclaim, will perform in Ketchikan as part of their international tour of "Mystical Arts of Tibet." The performance will be on September 28th at 7:30pm at the Ketchikan High School Auditorium.

The performance features multiphonic singing, wherein the monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for this unique singing. They also utilize traditional instruments such as a 10-foot long dungchen trumpets, drums, bells, cymbals, and gyaling horns. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.

The monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery have performed with Kitaro, Paul Simon, Philip Glass, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith and the Grateful Dead. Their music was featured on the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack of Seven Years in Tibet, and they performed with Philip Glass at Lincoln Center, NY, in the premier presentation of his award-winning music for the Martin Scorsese film Kundun. They are part of the Smithsonian Institution Folklife program to preserve traditional music and dance. - More...
Thursday - August 19, 2004


photo Michael Reagan Michael Reagan: Democrats and Double Standards - Democrats are demanding that President Bush stop Swift Boat Veterans for Truth - an organization over which he has no control - from running their TV ad questioning John Kerry's claims about his Vietnam service. They want him to condemn the ad. - More...
Thursday - August 19, 2004
photo Bob Ciminel Bob Ciminel - Fish or Cut Bait: The Case of the Disappearing Bomber - January 31, 1956 drew to a close as most mid-winter days do in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was 27 degrees with a 10-knot wind out of the northwest creating a 10-degree wind chill. The steel mills stretched out along the banks of the Monongahela River began casting an orange glow into the sky, periodically punctuated by the brilliant white light of the Bessemer converters turning molten iron into molten steel. For the crew and passengers aboard U.S. Air Force bomber 44-29125, a B-25N twin-engine "Mitchell" winging its way eastward, the day would end in tragedy. - More...
Thursday - August 19, 2004

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photosHarold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search - Harold Gillam was among the boldest of those gutsy pioneer bush pilots who painted Alaska's early aviation history on an enormous canvas of rugged and unforgiving wilderness often cradled in the foulest, most extreme weather on the planet.

Oldtime pilots said that there were three kinds of Alaska weather: clear and unlimited, called Pan Am weather; then ordinary weather, and lastly, there was "Gillam weather." While more prudent pilots sat out the worst days, the quiet-loner Gillam would shake his head and say, "The weather's never as bad as it looks."

There were, of course, times the weather was indeed as bad as it looked and Gillam had his share of heart-stopping takeoffs, hairy landings, and more than a few minor accidents and serious crashes as well. But it was said that he had cat's eyes and could fly in the winter darkness as well as the daylight. Early in his career the lucky pilot had been given the nickname "Thrill 'em, spill 'em, no kill 'em Gillam." - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Tuesday - August 17, 2004

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

arrow Alaska's Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history

arrow Ketchikan's American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 -

arrow Ketchikan's Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins

arrow Ketchikan's First City Players; Did you hear that applause?

arrow A biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance...

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