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Father of the Iditarod

Father of the Iditarod

by Lew Freedman
Father of the Iditarod

Father of the Iditarod

by Lew Freedman


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In a place where respect is not easily earned, the name of this homesteader, pilot, and visionary dog-musher generates awe. His is the classic image of an Alaska pioneer--rugged, independent, determined, hard-working. Meet Joe Redington, Father of the Iditarod, a man who found his destiny in Alaska. In an inspirational biography, Chicago Tribune sportswriter Lew Freedman chronicles Redington's birth on the Chisholm Trail and his boyhood in the Depression--homeless, motherless, roaming the country looking for work as a field hand. Alaska was his rebirth in 1948. Redington found the home he never had. On his own piece of dirt, a man could raise a family, hunt, fish, run dogs, and stand up for what he believed. Almost single-handedly, Redington rescued Alaska dog mushing from extinction. With ambition, an abiding love for sled dogs, and refusal to accept "it can't be done," Redington created a legacy in the thousand-mile race across Alaska that has thrilled the world for more than three decades, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780945397755
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/06/2007
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 711,667
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Lew Freedman is a former Alaska resident who spent 17 years at the Anchorage Daily News as sports editor and columnist. The author of 58 books, Freedman is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in journalism and he earned a Master's degree from Alaska Pacific University. He currently resides in Indiana with his wife Debra.

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