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 50 years ago. The Gazetta published nine times a year, charging 25 cents a copy or a year subscription for $2.

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The following details come from Gazetta Vol. 1 No. 3, July-August 1967.

The front page has an article about an Annual Glacier Polka Party featuring summer skiing and music “provided by Girdwood’s concertina virtuoso ‘Polka Dan’ Zantek.”

The following two paragraphs begin the article.

“It was a fine Sunday morning, July the second, and although a small cloud layer had dropped itself over the edge of Girdwood’s Eagle Glacier, down beyond Portage-some air miles to the southeast-other glaciers were pristine white under a brilliant, cloudless sky.

“And that’s when Alyeska Air Service held its Second Annual Glacier Polka Party. Flying for the Air Service, pilots Ted Huntley, Eric Barnes, and Jim Cassady ran an airlift that picked up skiers and party-goers at the Girdwood Airport and deposited them on a glacial field just to the southeast of Portage Glacier, at the base of Carpathian Mt. The glacier on which the party took place has no name, but hopefully it will be baptized Heidelberg, in recognition of the Oregon brewery that donated a considerable quantity of beer for the second year in a row.”