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Dorothy Page Inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame

2018 Induction of Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame
photo by Jeff Schultz

About Dorothy (Guzzi) Page 1921- 1989
Achievement In, History, Writing, Community Activism and Local Government
Dorothy Page, known as the "Mother of the ldltarod", enlisted the support of Joe Redington Sr., known as the "Father of the ldltarod", to stage the first race In 1967 between Knlk and Big Lake. In 1973 the race was run over l, 000 miles between Anchorage and Nome. Today, "The Last Great Race" Is staged each March with mushers from around the world competing In Alaska's premier sporting event.
Dorothy advocated tirelessly to have Congress designate the ldltarod Trail as a National Historic Trall In 1978. Across the U.S., only 16 trails have won this historical designation. The Alaskan trail celebrates the Indispensable role played by "man's best friend" In the last great gold rush.

As a writer and editor, Page pubilshed the ldltarod's annual race program and edited, The ld/torod Annual. Page also wrote for the Frontiersman and the Volley Sun. She was a member of the Alaska Press

Women and National Federation of Press Women and received State and National Press Awards for her
publication of the ld/torod Troll Annual.

In the Mat-Su Valley, Page established the Wasllla-Knik-Wlllow Creek Historical Society, the Wasilla
Museum, and Knlk Museum. As a public servant Page was on the Wasilla Library Board, Wasllla's Republican Committee, Wasllla City Counsel and served as Mayor of Wasilla. She was recognized for her years of service to the Mat-Su Borough by resolution honoring her "Distinguished Service to the Community".

In 1984, Page was the recipient of the Governor's Volunteer Award, presented by Governor Bill
Sheffield. She was the recipient of the Mayor of Wasllla's proclamation honoring Dorothy's life In 1989 and she received the State of Alaska's Legislative Citation by the 16th Alaska Legislature In 1990.


The one name synonymous with Alaska and music is Hobo Jim Varsos.  From his earliest

years in Alaska, writing and performing songs about life in Alaska – Hobo Jim has chronicled Alaska’s history, development and achievements.  

When we were writing our book – Iditarod – First Ten Years – we called on Hobo to do a

story about his world-famous song “I Did, I Did, I Did the Iditarod Trail”.  No sporting event any

where in the world has been so widely recognized as the Iditarod Race, thanks, in part, to the song about the Iditarod that Hobo created.

In recognition of his many years of entertaining Alaskans, writing about Alaska and her

people, creating wonderful music for many other musicians, giving so generously to many, many

Alaskan events and being one of the best ambassadors Alaska and the United States has ever had, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will bestow an Honorary Doctor of Music on Hobo Jim on Saturday, May 5th during their annual Commencement Ceremony at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

The Old Iditarod Gang salutes Hobo Jim Varsos – the Alaska State Balladeer and extends to

him our most heartfelt congratulations on his great honor.  

In honor of "Ace" Dodson & Egar Nollner
The Dodson Family has donated 190 books to Alaskan school libraries in honor of pilot Warren "Ace" Dodson and 1925 Serum Run Musher Edgar Nollner. Thank you for making it possible for children across Alaska to learn the early history of the Iditarod and to inspire future generations. As Joe Redington, Sr. said, "reading is a lifelong journey."

Dick Wilmarth
Our old friend Iditarod Champion Richard "Dick" Wilmarth of Red Devil, Alaska, has passed away.

Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Shirley and his beautiful family. Godspeed as you break your new trail Dick. You will be carrying a piece of us all with you.

Memorial information will be announced at a later date.

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Our goal is "A book in every school in Alaska"

Thanks to the generous donations of individuals and corporations around the country and a grassroots campaign organized by Iditarod champion Joe May, we have placed a copy of our book in every school along the Iditarod Trail and over half the schools in Alaska. We still have about 190 schools to go. Most recently Myron Angstman donated books to Bethel Regional, Gladys Jung, Kusko Learning and Kwethluk. Gerry Willomitzer and Darcy Oleson don
ated books to Tuluksak, Glenallen Elementary and Salcha Elementary. Walt, Gail, Kim and Robin Phillips, Alan and Raine Rawlins, Shelley Gill and Libby Riddles are donating to the Homer and Lower Kenai Peninsula schools. Jo and Jim Wood donated books to Chevak, Unalaska and Pribilof.

This is from Joe May about our history book:
The people, places, and stories that inhabit these pages are all real as real can be. Some to the point of laughter, others to tears...some to both. Having played a part in the genesis of the book, both as a participant then and a chronicler now. It gives me joy to share smoky campfires, life-changing travail and euphoria of the thousand mile trail, the magic in the welcoming face of a village youngster, and the indescribable appreciation for a bowl of his mom's caribou stew...after an endless 40 below night of pushing a cranky sled down a snow-blown trail. Over a long five years we gathered words and images to preserve this unique collage of the mystique and culture of the far North, "our North"...and, most of all, to memorialize the bond between the men and women of the early Iditarod and their dogs. Born and reared in the Midwest in the long ago, life's side-roads and serendipity took me to Alaska and this far side of the looking glass. So said, I hope whoever wanders these pages falls into the time-warp I've come to call home and can imagine themselves on the runners of a dog sled, beneath a gibbous moon, with only the rhythmic padding of dog's feet on squeaky snow to break the boreal stillness...the very stuff of Robert Service and Jack London. Join me and other members of the Old Iditarod Gang in these pages and imagine what that world was like during the birthing years of this great us put a book in every Alaskan school and keep the history of the Race alive and inspire the next generation. Donate a school book today. Joe May; dog musher emeritus
1976, 79, 80 (1st place) 82 (Seppala Humanitarian Award)

If you would like to donate a book or books to a school, please contact us at or call Al and Jo Crane at 907-953-9394. List of schools still needing books ---- >CLICCLICK HERE




For anyone interested in investing in something meaningful, won’t you join us in our quest to place our book "Iditarod The First Ten Years" in every school library around the state?
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“The Old Gang has most certainly done it. What a herculean, well-executed endeavor. It will not surprise me if this huge compilation of individually unique experiences by the Iditarod’s first decade participants becomes a stand-alone Northland classic.”    ~ Dan Seavey



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Thank you to a very generous donation of freight transportation from Northern Air Cargo, the folks in Nome will have the opportunity to buy our book during Iditarod week events.  We will have our books for sale at the Arts and Craft Fair at St. Joe’s and at Iditarod Headquarters in the Mini Convention Center.  We greatly appreciate this donation from Northern Air Cargo – a company that has supported the Iditarod for many years.

The Old Iditarod Gang would like to thank Lynden Transport Company, and especially Jim Jansen, for coming to our rescue. Lynden has graciously offered to transport our new book "Iditarod - The First Ten Years" shipment up from the port of Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska. From their Coats for Kids program to their
major support of the Jr. Iditarod Race scholarship program,
Lynden is in it for the "Long Haul" supporting the Alaskan community, we sincerely appreciate their assistance.

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