Tom Stewart

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2003

• Age: 84, Juneau native.

• Born in Alaska: His father was running a copper mine on the south end of Prince of Wales Island in 1919 and there were not adequate hospitals near the mine or Ketchikan. His mother sailed to Seattle to give birth, then returned to Southeast when Stewart was 3 weeks old. Stewart still lives in the same house, a block from the Governor's house on Calhoun Avenue.

• Biography: Stewart served in the U.S. Army during World War II and became secretary to the Alaska Constitutional Convention in 1955-56. He was a Superior Court judge, and he serves on the board of directors for the Symphony Foundation and the Southeast Alaska Land Trust. He raised six kids in Juneau. He and his late wife, Jane, contributed to many arts organizations, and he was the parade marshal of the Juneau Fourth of July parade earlier this year.

• Character he plays: Bill Biggs.

• Previous acting experience: Limited.

• On the original six pioneers: "I knew all six of them in the sense that we're all old. I knew Mike Zamora and Mamie Jensen really well. Mamie tells the story about the two big fires in Douglas and Treadwell, and I remember both of them. The first one was in 1926 and wiped out Treadwell and a good portion of Douglas. The next big one I didn't see. I was at the University of Washington then, in 1937. Mamie and her husband owned a store and lost it in the fire."

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