Photo: Derby winner, 1947

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004

Soapbox Derby winner Frank "Streak" Maier waves while wearing the parka that was one of his prizes for winning the derby in Juneau. Maier, then 14, went on to represent Juneau at the national All-American Soapbox Derby in Akron, Ohio. Accompanying Maier to Akron was Juneau Rotarian and Mayor Waino Hendrickson. Maier was a well-known Juneau resident, for whom the Frank Maier Marathon was named. In the 1940s, the Soapbox Derby was the biggest event in the community, even surpassing Fourth of July festivities, according to Mike Grummet and Mike Blackwell of the Gastineau Historical Society. For several years the Juneau Rotary Club sponsored the event along with the Alaska Empire, now the Juneau Empire.

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