By Rob Stapleton
Aviators gathered to rally around the Alaska Aviation Museum in support of the Alaska Aviation Legends project at the Lake Hood facility on Oct. 25.
“We raised $11,600 in support of the Alaska Aviation Legends project,” said Shari Hart executive director of the Lake Hood venue. “We had a silent auction, food, live music and lots of beer and wine, and a bunch of fun.”
The event featured live music from Marge Ford and the Alaska Polka Chips that most couldn’t resist getting up to dance. The crowd was full of familiar faces to the aviation industry, and most were pilots or mechanics.
“I have been following Marge Ford and her polka music for 40 years said Orin Seybert 79, founder of PenAir an Alaska regional airline. “ Now after all these years I am going to take dancing lessons and learn how to schottische and do the polka better.”
According to Hart the museum and the “Legends” program split the funds after expenses. “We use the money to help with putting on the Legends dinner, printing the books and giving support to the individuals who need to travel to get to Anchorage.
The Alaska Aviation Living Legends presentation and dinner will be held this Friday, Nov. 1 at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott Hotel and will start with a reception at 5 p.m. with dinner and the Legends program starting at 7 p.m.
This year’s program will feature the lives of the following aviation pioneers: Mike Hunt, Bud Rude, George Pappas, Urban Rahoi, Bill Brooks, Rita Sholton, Bobby Miller, Peter Merry, George Murphy.
Rob Stapleton can be reached at: robstapleton(at)alaska.net