||Autumn 1996, No. 9 Marriott Library, University of Utah Editor: Mike Korologos ADVISORY BOARD 1996 - 97 John Raemer Honorary Chair Clark Parkinson Chair Dave Amidon Vice Chair Janine Alfano Barbara Amidon Robyn Archer Tom Carter Alan K. Engen Chuck English Jim Gaddis Ray Gardiner Carol Garner John Hoagland Phil Jones Mike Korologos Myrlene Korologos Alice Lange Keith Lange Betty Lorenz Louis Lorenz Carol Lupus Stormy Lupus Mark Menlove Pat Miller Jan Peterson Ralph Petty Chris Raemer William Shoaf Duane Shrontz* Jody Shrontz* Bill Spencer Connie Steffen Dan Steffen Larry Warren Robert Young CHARTER Junior and Maxine Bounous Marv Melville Randy Montgomery Sue Raemer (1947-95) Bill and Suzy Rytting MARRIOTT LIBRARY Sarah Michalak Director Joe Arave Robert Staab Gregory Thompson Nancy Young * Honoraty Member Quinney Award: It's Miller Time! by Mike Korologos Millions of people have fallen in love with skiing, but none has gone head-over-heels for the sport like Earl A. Miller. Founder and president of the Miller Ski Company of Orem, Utah, the inventor/entrepreneur/importer/ supersalesman would intentionally catch an edge while schussing Alta's High Rustler or Sun Valley's Exhibition runs and survive unharmed from spectacular crashes to demon- strate the safety of his Miller ski bind- ings. His sales demo included an offer to skiers using Miller-less skis: $500 if they survived the same spill he took at 50 mph. "Bring your own crutches," he would taunt. Gaining his skiing prowess under legends Alf Engen and Dick Durrance, Miller was an Alta ski instructor during the 1950s when he Quinney Award Winnel; Earl A. Miller often assisted many skiers suffering ski injuries. While safety bindings were available, few were in use and most had only three angles of release - a shear either right or left and an upward pull out. Miller set out to find a better way. The superiority of Miller bindings, he'd emphatically exclaim, is based on a release against ten angles of stress. "It will release when necessary, at all angles, at both heel and toe," he emphasized. His acrobatic sales approach pre-dated by 15 years the freestyle and aerial skiing so popular today. Because of his pioneering exploits, Earl A. Miller will receive the S.J. and J.E. Quinney Award for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the region's ski industry at the University of Utah Marriott Library's annual Ski Affair October 24, 1996, at the Red Lion Hotel. The award is named after the late ski visionary and founder of Alta, Joe Quinney, whose family was presented the award in 1993. Past recipients are Nick Badami, former owner of the Park City Ski Area; Sverre (continued on next page) Earl A. Miller on one of his double-somersault sales pitches, falling over a IO-foot tree. (Photo courtesy of Life Magazine.) Miller Time.. . continued. Engen, ski pioneer and movie producer; and Chick Morton, former general manager of the Alta Ski Lifts Company who is the company's president. Miller, also developer of skis and the widely used ski brake system, learned to ski at age five on skis made of barrel staves fastened to his galoshes by loops cut from inner-tubes. His passion for skiing was not conducive to doing chores around his home in Manti, Utah. Once, that aversion to chores moved his parents, in exasperation, to burn his skis in the stove. The Miller Ski Company, started in the basement of Earl's home, now employs 70 in Orem, 20 in Owensville, Missouri, and 120 in Taiwan. Earl has been a White House delegate on small business for the Rocky Mountain Region and was an international trade advisor to former President Jimmy Carter. Earl holds 100 patents and trademarks and, in 1993, wrote a book Beyond the Constitution. He also is among 12 ski pros who formed the Professional Ski Instructors of America. In 1943, at age 17, he won the Class A Intermountain Four-way Ski Championship and the following year joined the Army Air Corps where he became a P51 Mustang pilot and instructor. Bulwarked by Air Corps courses at Washington State College and the University of California, Earl graduated from Brigham Young University in 1948 with a degree in fine arts. While not an engineer or salesman by training, Earl A. Miller has an inventive mind and a daring- do/can-do mind set and . . . on October 24 . . . the region's most prestigious ski award. -. The Sue Raemer Award by Mike Korologos The skiing community lost a true friend with the death September 26, 1995 of Susan "Susie" Fry Raemer following a courageous 13-year battle with cancer. A lifelong skiing enthusiast, Susie literally grew up at Alta. Her father, Stan, was a decades-long member of the Alf Engen Ski School; she taught at the school for 18 years, and her husband, John, has been a member of the school since 1966. Her love and dedication to the sport live on in two major ways: 1) Through the University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program which she co-founded. Established in 1989 by a grant from the Alta Ski Lifts Company and the S.J. and J.E. Quinney Foundation, this program seeks out, catalogues, preserves, and makes available to researchers and the public historically significant photos, manuscripts, film, scrapbooks, printed materials, taped interviews, and memorabilia pertaining to the establishment and advance- ment of skiing in the Intermountain Area. Susie served as chair and prime-mover of the Ski Archives program since its founding. Materials documenting Alta's first 50 years as a ski area were among the first items contributed. 2) The Susie Raemer Award for Volunteerism by The Archives Program was established and given for the first time in 1995 at the annual Ski Affair. The award was presented to Susie's husband John and sons Christopher and Corey. The citation read in part "... in memory of Susie Fry Raemer whose memory will live on in the library and whose strength and vision will continue to guide the program in the future." The award was presented by Clark Parkinson, Utah Ski Archives chair, and Dr. Greg Thompson of the Marriott Library, who is co-founder of the program with Susie. The award will be presented annually to a volun- teer who exemplifies the spirit, dedication and contribution to the preservation of skiing history in the region. This year at the 1996 Ski Archives Ski Affair, the memory of Susie's contribution, and the Susie Raemer Award, will continue. 6 Ski Affair `96 o END IN YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW FOR THE 1996 UTAH SKI ARCHIVES SKI AFFAIR E-IURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, AT THE RED LION HOTEL IAL HOUR AND SILENT AUCTION BEGIN AT 6:00 P.M. DINNER AT 7:15, PROGRAM AT 8:15 P.M. IE A MEMBER OF THE ARCHIVES AND JOIN THE PARTY FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 58 1-7791 DEADLINE TO RSVP IS OCTOBER 11, 1996 DON'T MISS IT!