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Looking back in Fairbanks — Oct. 22

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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:32 pm | Updated: 11:39 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

10 YEARS AGO

Oct. 22, 2002 — A wayward polar bear that has been wandering along the Dalton Highway for two-plus weeks after straying more than 100 miles from the Beaufort Sea appears to be making itself right at home.

The bear, which was first seen at Pump Station 3 on Oct. 5, has been seen munching on caribou carcasses left by hunters near the highway and was spotted chasing a small herd of musk ox.

25 YEARS AGO

Oct. 22, 1987 — Teachers at Pearl Creek Elementary School have been clowning around — literally — in their efforts to get fourth-grade students interested in reading.

Complete with painted face, outrageous haido and brightly colored baggy jump suit, Fifi the Clown, alias fourth-grade teacher Diane Banks, discussed clown history with about 50 children.

50 YEARS AGO

Oct. 22, 1962 — COLLEGE — One hundred years from Saturday, 1,000 years from today or when the edifice is no longer needed in the academic life of Alaska’s on public institution for higher education, the cornerstone placed in traditional ceremony Saturday will be opened.

Citizens of the world of tomorrow will discover the coins, literature and pictures telling the story of Saturday’s ceremony, life on the University of Alaska campus at College, the history of Alaska’s land grant institution which serves the state and the story of the world of 1962 A.D.

75 YEARS AGO

Oct. 22, 1937 — Old Man Wolf, public enemy No. 1 in the Alaska animal kingdom, is gaining strength.

His slaughter of game animals far exceeds his need for food, and his character hasn’t been improved by contact with the white man.In fact, he is becoming more cunning and vicious.*

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