IM grad says congratulations on new hill record

Bouquet: Congratulations to the Iron Mountain Kiwanis Club ski jump organizers for another successful tournament. The new record jump of 472 feet brought back many memories of my attending the tournament in the 1940s and ’50s. Those were always exciting times for the community and it was always fun to be there watching the jumpers, eating pasties and drinking hot coffee.

I remember the day when the first jump record of more than 300 feet was exciting news. I also remember the day Torger Tokle set a new record of 289 feet. He was a world-class jumper from Norway, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Many years ago, when my wife, Dorisa, and I were on a tour of Scandinavia, we visited a Norwegian ski jump area and I asked one of the tour guides whether she knew Tokle. She told us he not only a world champion ski jumper but a war hero killed fighting the Nazis. Talk about a small world.

Congratulations again, and I look forward to seeing the improvements scheduled to the scaffold.

One thing we miss down here in Ann Arbor is no print or TV media coverage of the tournament. Perhaps someone could contact the media down this way to cover the events.

You can take the boy out of the U.P., but you can’t take the U.P. out of the boy.


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