10 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 2002 — Fairbanks has only tapped the surface of recreational vehicle tourism, proclaims free-lance travel writer Ron Menet.

The retired radio weatherman also thinks that’s about to change.

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 1987 — President Donald O’Dowd wants to drop commas, hyphens and Juneau from the names of the University of Alaska.

They now call themselves the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, the University of Alaska-Juneau and the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

But all that will change — though not by much — if the Board of Regents accepts O’Dowd’s proposal to rename them the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Southeast.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 1962 — ANCHORAGE — Alaska Democratic Senator E. L. (Bob) Bartlett says there is “absolutely no need” for congressional authorization for the call-up of 150,000 men by the President while Congress is not in session.

“We might as well surrender,” Bartlett said, “if we don’t have enough troops to take care of any Cuban situation that may develop while Congress is not in session.”

75 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 1937 — Bananas, pears, apples, peaches, lettuce, celery and tomatoes dropping down out of the heavens to a long-marooned — and on starvation rations for days — little group of men on the isolated Arctic shores sounds more like a fairy story than truth — but truth it is.

The phenomena occurred last week when Pilot Harold Gillam, Fairbanks flying ace, ferrying gasoline for the polar searchers at Aklavik, overshot his mark due to being misdirected by others supposed to know the course, and, in order to ascertain his bearings, sat his plane down in the fifty-mile-wide delta of the great MacKenzie River.