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This is what kids were doing back in the late 1940s if they lived near a ski jump and had big dreams of flying! This 20th Century Fox newsreel footage was filmed in Iron Mountain, Michigan, and one of the featured jumpers is 2009 ASJ HOF inductee Willie Erickson, at age 11 (he’s the one who identified the year for us!). Those old enough to remember newsreels at the movies will possibly recognize the voice of the narrator ... Mel Allen, famed as the voice of the New York Yankees. The equipment has changed, the facilities look much different today, but ski jumpers start young, on small hills, just like they did back then.  Your webmaster, and many of the folks involved with the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame, will remember scenes just like these.  Younger athletes will have different pictures in their heads, but they will all remember one thing they have in common ... experiencing the thrill of flight and always wanting more! Learning to Ski Jump in 1949 ... 20th Century Fox Movie Newsreel Footage! Who we are, background, mission, contact info Announcements, upcoming events, news, articles Info and images from our museum Inductees to the ASJ Hall of Fame, by year Museums, collections, books, links to history resources Links to topics of current interest in US ski jumping Membership form ... please join us and support this effort! Women’s Ski Jumping USA USA Ski Jumping  (men) US Ski Team Nordic Sports click logos to visit websites    National Ski Hall of Fame          Ishptming MI  Skiing Heritage Magazine       International Skiing       History Association     Three inductees attend in person, another represented by son.  2014 American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame Induction - Red Wing MN          John Bednarz, Carl Ek, Clarence “Soapy” Hedloff, Dr Paul Jacobs, Dan Mattoon, Len Nappa Find us on Bryan Sanders, Scott Bednarz Bryan Sanders, Dr Paul Jacobs Bryan Sanders, Dan Mattoon Bryan Sanders, Lenny Nappa Scott Bednarz came from Phoenix to represent his dad, Johnny, a great Iron Mountain jumper in the 1950s, who passed away a few years ago.  The next three (pictured with Bryan Sanders, MC) are Dr Paul Jacobs, also of Iron Mountain; Dan Mattoon of Eau Claire WI, and Len Nappa from Ely MN.  Friends and family members were on hand to show support for the inductees.  Click on each of these images to see an enlarged view. More pictures from the event along with video comments from each of these four inductees on our NEWS & NOTES page!