Historian to join fishermen in Kenai River Classic

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Stephen Ambrose, the historian and best-selling author, will participate in this year's Kenai River Classic, a fishing fund-raiser.

Ambrose was invited by Sen. Ted Stevens, co-host of the fishing tournament along with Gov. Tony Knowles.

Stevens said he met Ambrose several years ago when Ambrose was creating a World War II museum in Louisiana.

Stevens later ''convinced Congress to put some money into it,'' he said. He also asked Ambrose to give a talk in Alaska, Stevens said.

''Before I ever met him, I'd read all his books,'' Stevens said.

The Kenai River Classic has raised about $2 million for salmon habitat protection on the river during the past eight years. Corporate executives pay $6,000 each to fish for two days and visit with ''VIP'' guests, usually members of Congress.

Participants this year were to include federal Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman and U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Conrad Burns, R-Mont., and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

Fishing was to take place Friday and Saturday.

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