Famous People of Alaska
Vitus Bering is the explorer who first discovered Alaska. He led a Russian expedition and spotted the volcano Mount Saint Elias. He landed in present day Kayak Islands. He died in 1741 on the Kamchatka Penninsula. Some people think he died because of scurvy because it certainly afflicted him in his final months.
Dorothy G. Page
Dorothy G. Page is the co-founder of the Iditorad trail sled dog race. She is also known as the mother of the Iditorad sled dog race. She moved from New Mexico to Alaska in 1960. Page's purpose of setting the race up was to celebrate Alaska's 100th anniversary of the purchase Of Alaska from Russia. In the Willow Winter Carnival, Page met Joe Redington señor, the founder of the Iditorad race, and together they founded the Iditorad trail sled dog race.
Joe Redington Senior
Joe is the founder of the Iditorad sled dog race. He is also known as the father of the Iditorad sled dog race. Joe was a dog musher and a kennel owner. A kennel is a shelter for dogs and a dog musher is the driver of a dog sled. Joe was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma and lived there until he was six. Joe met Dorothy G. Page at a winter carnival and Joe wanted the biggest dog race and a purse of 25000$ split equally among the winners.
Benny Benson was the creator of the Alaskan flag. When he was 13, he won the contest in 1927 to design the best flag for Alaska. His father was Swedish and his mother was an Aleut-Russian. When he was 3 years old, Benny's mother died and his father couldn't take care of him so Benny was sent to an orphanage. Benny died at age 58 in Kodiak because of a heart attack.
Ray Mala is the first Native American movie star. He was born in the small village in Candle, Alaska to a Russian Jewish immigrant father and a Native Alaskan mother. He made his first debut at age 14 when an explorer named captain Frank Kleinschmidt came to Alaska to film the motion picture Primitive Love. He worked as an actor and a cameraman. Ray dies at age 45 shortly after the release of Red Snow, Ray's last film, because of heart problems.