A monumental challenge

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2004

In honor of the state Board of Education's recent decision to make Alaska history a mandatory requirement for high school graduation, the Food Challenge took the opportunity to revisit famous Dec. 23rds in the state's lore.

The list was short.

But who can forget Dec. 23, 1946, the day the Auke Bay Post Office opened.

The high was a balmy 42, with .47 inches of rain; "Getting Gertie's Garter," starring Dennis O'Keefe and Marie McDonald, was opening at the Capital Theater; and the big news of the morning was an arrest in the grisly murder of well-known grocer and liquor merchant Jim Ellen.

In the daily comics, Dagwood tried to hide in the closet to avoid a task assigned by Blondie, but the space was already taken by his dog, Daisy.

Regrettably, the new post office scored just a four-line brief on page 5 of the Daily Alaska Empire. But 58 years later, the Food Challenge IV is here to right that wrong.

We've constructed a scale replica of the Auke Bay Post Office, almost entirely out of gingerbread. And we want to see what Juneau-area landmarks you can make out of gingerbread. If you're not particularly inspired by the local architecture, proposed state capitol designs will also be accepted.

Please deliver a copy of your recipe and a picture to the Empire's front desk between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., mail to Food Challenge IV, c/o Juneau Empire, 3100 Channel Drive, Juneau, AK 99801, or e-mail to korry.keeker@juneauempire.com. The deadline is Jan. 7

Include ingredients, the structure's dimensions, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail and at least one person who saw your finished product. The best submissions will be printed in an upcoming Food page.

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