||Spring 1997, No. 10 Marriott Library, University of Utah Editor: Mike Korologos ADVISORY BOARD 1996 - 97 John Raemer Honorary Chair Dave Amidon Chair Mike Korologos 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 Myrlene Korologos Alice Lange Keith Lange Betty Lorenz Louis Lorenz Carol Lupus Stormy Lupus Mark Menlove Pat Miller Jan Peterson Clark Parkinson 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 Gregory Thompson Nancy Young * Honorary Member ARCHIVES TO HONOR DESERET NEWS SKI SCHOOL By Mike Korologos The first Deseret News Ski School, 1948 "Two boards upon cold powder snow, jo ho, what else skiing to more than 250,000 enthusiasts in the Wasatch does a man need to know. Front area of Utah. "The Deseret News Ski School is snowballing right on down the slope and with every foot downward, toward its goal of helping skiers master the mysteries of their boards and tricky hill, it is gaining more support from everyone who ever entertained a thought about skiing. " Such newspaper verbiage could be that of a story touting next season's Deseret News Ski School, except. . . A sears and Roebuck & Co. advertisement on the same page reveals its vintage. "J. C. Higgins Skis. . . solid hickory, ridge top, 6-ft. to 7'3", $12.50. " That was December 1948. The Deseret News was about to launch a free ski school for the masses, a program that is estimated, some say conservatively, to have introduced The venerable program will mark its 50th anniversary this fall when some 750 -1,000 skier wannabes receive their "this is snow and these are skis" introduction to the sport at Sugarhouse Park and later at Alta. For sponsoring 50 years of free ski instruction, the Deseret News, Salt Lake City's afternoon daily newspaper, will be honored for its contribution to the sport during the University of Utah Marriott Library's annual Ski Affair, Thursday, Oct. 23, 1997, at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake. The gathering is expected to attract more than 500 nostalgia-bent ski enthusiasts. The Ski Affair is a major fundraising effort for the Ski Archives Program whose proceeds are used to expand the scope of the Archives' collection of manuscripts, taped A Tribute to Stan Fry "One Man's Passions" The waters of Bear Lake held him in summer the mountains of Alta beckoned with the first snow As snow drifts into cool lake waters, a living man drifts into formless love... -MG Stan Fry, age 69, passed away on December 28, 1996, another victim of cancer. Stan is the father of Susan Fry Raemer (deceased), Co- founder and past Chair of the Utah Ski Archives. Stan was an avid ski enthusiast! Nothing, but a closure of Little Cottonwood Canyon could keep him away from the slopes of Alta every winter weekend. He cultivated and nurtured in his family, the same love of skiing. It became a weekend tradition for the Fry family, wife Beverly, daughters Sue and Robyn and son Michael, to be seen on the slopes of Alta. In fact, becoming a member of the Alf Engen ski School was almost a prerequisite to good standing with the Fry family. Sue, her husband John Raemer, their son Christopher, Robyn's husband Frank Archer, and Mike Fry, all became instructors with the ski school. Stan spent many hours with his grand- children, Christopher and Corey Raemer, and Stephanie and Alexandra Archer, teaching them skiing techniques. They are now all very proficient skiers, but considering the talent of this family, one would expect nothing less. Mike and Miranda Fry's daughter, Miranda, age 2, will begin to ski soon. Stan joined the Alf Engen Ski School in November of 1957 and in the mid 1960s was the recipient of a special award for exemplary perfor- mance as a ski instructor, presented by Alf Engen. On January 2,1997, Stan was posthumously given Emeritus recognition in the Alf Engen Ski School for his forty years of continuous and dedicated service as a ski instructor. Stan truly cherished the time he spent on the slopes with family and friends. He will be remembered as a kind and wonderful man by those whose lives he touched. (Archives to Honor Deseret News continued from front page) histories, scrapbooks, video tapes/film footage, photo collections and dozens of other types of memorabilia and historically significant items. They are documented, referenced and being made available to researchers and others interested in the colorful history of skiing the Intermountain West. Apparently the brainchild of Alf Engen, the Deseret News Ski School was reminiscent, he told the paper at the time, of similar programs he had seen in his native Norway which would annually attract 3,000 participants. Alf, his brother Sverre and U.S. and University of Utah ski champion, Jack Reddish, were the lead instructors. Other instructors "who give out with skiing knowledge" were Mrs. Alf Engen, Lois Engen, Gary Peterson, F. C. Koziol, Carolyn Harris, John Belden, Bob Smith, Michael-Ann Healy, Gordon Allcott, Bob Beck, Tom Trua and Harold Van Pelt. Joining the staff when participa- tion went from 1,000 the first day to 1,400 two days later were Suzy Harris, Sharlene Brewer, Ike and Dorothy Hall, Dick Sorenson, Jack Woolfe, Pete Peterson, Don Williams and G. Julius. The school's hype included a theme song and "Salt Lake City's winter sports queen, Sharlene Brewer." James Shane, said the newspaper of the time, was "Ski Patrol chief for the Salt Lake area and promised Wednesday that ski patrolmen would police the Bonneville area for Saturday's class and be on hand for all future ski school sessions. Up to date only two minor injuries to students have been reported." The first school occurred Dec. 27, 1948, and consisted of four two-hour classes with two sessions at "the slope east of the clubhouse at the Bonneville Golf course and two at the Rasmussen's Ranch (up Parleys Canyon)."