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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
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
Learning to Ski Jump in 1949 ... 20th Century Fox Movie Newsreel Footage!
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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
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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 by clicking directly on the image.
More pictures from the event along with video comments from each of these four inductees on our NEWS & NOTES page!