Glacier Valley Gazetta: A Glimpse into the Past
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
The pages of the Glacier Valley Gazetta are a fascinating look into Girdwood 51 years ago. This glimpse into the past comes from Gazetta Vol. 1, No. 2 in June 1967, which also celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the Alaska Purchase in 1867.
Hugh Cruikshank Jr. wrote this front-page excerpt, which began the article:
A New President and New Management at Mt. Alyeska
In the first major corporate change at Mt. Alyeska since 1959, the Alyeska Ski Corporation at Girdwood has both new management and a new president.
Succeeding Francois de Gunzburg, under whose leadership the Alyeska ski area has grown from dream to thriving reality as the largest ski and year-’round recreation area in Alaska, Norman Armour Jr., of Washington, D.C., has taken office as president of the ski corporation.
Until recently, Armour served as Assistant Chief of Protocal in the State Department. He has held a number of high diplomatic posts in the Federal Government in recent years, including acting as First Secretary of the American Embassy in Ankara, Turkey; European Liaison Officer for the U.S. Mission to the U.N.; and Special Assistant to the American Ambassador in Paris. He is a graduate of Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Upon obtaining his degree there, he subsequently attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In keeping with his diplomatic career, he is fluent in both French and Spanish.
Married and a father of four, Armour is presently residing in Anchorage with his family while a new home is being built in Alyeska Village at Mt. Alyeska.