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Posted: Thursday, June 01, 2000

Petersburg troller holds book signing

JUNEAU - Through her years as a troller in Southeast Alaska, Marilyn Jordan George has seen boats burn, babies overboard, rich times and lean times.

George describes these experiences in her self-published book ``Following the Alaskan Dream: My Salmon Trolling Adventures in the Last Frontier.'' She will be signing books at a reception at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the downtown city library.

The Petersburg troller, now in her 70s, left the Midwest for Southeast Alaska in 1946. Her book details a lifetime on Southeast waters, fishing with her husband Skip and raising a family.

In the mid-1960s, she left Alaska and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Oregon. After a 10-year career as a home economist for a county extension office and writer, she returned to Alaska and trolling.

Over the years she's worked as a free-lance writer for the Alaska Fisherman's Journal, the Petersburg Pilot and the Alaskan Southeaster.

Her memoir recently won first-place honors in the non-fiction books, biography category at the Alaska Press Women's statewide communications contest.

George will have copies of her book at the signing Monday.

Partnership produces Alaska TV programs

JUNEAU - Alaska magazine and Alaska One, the Alaska public television network, will co-produce a 52-program television series about life on the Last Frontier for statewide and national distribution. Currently in pre-production, the public/private media partnership will showcase Alaska on public television stations beginning in January 2001.

The half-hour shows' purpose will be to help educate Lower 48 viewers about Alaska, said Fairbanks-based Executive Producer C. Vincent Shortt.

``Most television programs about Alaska are made by people from outside the state; this program is Alaskan from concept to tape and our intimate view of our own state will certainly add compelling and highly educational elements to the program,'' Shortt said.

The show, titled ``Alaska Magazine, Exploring Life on the Last Frontier,'' will draw from the journalistic experience of Anchorage-based Alaska magazine, which celebrates its 65th year of publication this year.

Alaska magazine is owned by Morris Communications Corp., which also owns the The Milepost, The Peninsula Clarion, The Homer News and The Juneau Empire.

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