Dec. 11, 2009 — University of Alaska’s Ilia Radoslavov surpassed a milestone this fall after 20 years of dedicated piano playing. He took the gold in the prestigious Seattle International Piano Festival in October, winning a recording contract with Emergence Records to create his first full-length solo album.

The accomplishment was announced Thursday in a press release from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where Radoslavov has taught music for the past few years.

Radoslavov, a native of Bulgaria, earned his doctoral degree in piano performance and was a distinguished graduate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.



Dec. 11, 1994 — Sig Wien, a quiet man who helped make the name Wien the most famous in Alaska aviation, died Friday at age 91.

The last of the Wien brothers, he will be remembered as the first pilot to provide air service to numerous communities throughout northern Alaska.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Deborah, and his daughter Kendra Wien.

For the past 20 years, Mr. Wien lived in the North Pole area where he liked to work in his garden and to tinker with machines. He gave up flying several years ago because of his age and sold the private plane that he had used after retiring from Wien Air Alaska in the 1970s.



Dec. 11, 1969 — Santa’s Christmas Calls really took a jump overnight. A total of $152 was received in the mail and hand delivered to Santa’s headquarters. This brings the total to $636.50 for the year.

The purpose of the Christmas Fund Drive is to help the needy have a merrier Christmas.



Dec. 11, 1944 — LONDON — A great new British Pacific Naval Command, in addition to the present far Eastern fleet has been created to join United States sea power in an all-out offensive to bring Japan to her knees, the British Admiralty disclosed last night.