Arnold and family wow crowd during brief Barrow visit

Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger and family got a lesson in the ways of northern Alaska last week during a brief visit to Barrow.

Schwarzenegger, news anchor wife Maria Shriver and their four children came to town by private jet Thursday, talked to whalers and flew in a helicopter. Then they and hundreds of locals crammed into a school gym to watch the Barrow Eskimo Dancers.

Dancer Mary Sage said kids went screaming wild for the muscular actor, especially when he stood to try out the Eskimo yo-yos and Inupiaq dance.

''We don't get that many (famous) people up here,'' Sage said.

The Hollywood hunk danced enthusiastically, witnesses said, and encouraged the rest of his family to participate.

''Arnold did pretty good,'' said Forrest Olemaun, part of the welcoming committee. ''And Maria, she smiled through the whole ordeal.''

Did The Terminator recite his most famous line in America's northernmost city?

''You know, when he was going out for the helicopter ride,'' Olemaun recalled, ''he turned to me and he winked and he said, 'I'll be baahck.'''

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