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programs & services In Memoriam: Alaska Senator Ted Stevens
RA Life member Sen. Theodore “Ted” Fulton Stevens was killed in a plane crash on August 9, 2010, in Alaska. He was 86 years old. A life-long supporter of conservation and gun rights, Stevens was the longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate (1968 to 2008). Affectionately called “Uncle Ted,” Stevens served his constituents in Alaska with honor for more than four decades and was named “Alaskan Of The Century” in 2000 by the Alaska legislature. Born on November 18, 1923, in Indianapolis, Ind., Stevens later moved to California. He attended Oregon State University for one semester before joining the Army Air Corps. Stevens flew in support of the Flying Tigers in Asia from 1943 to 1945 and earned several war medals, including two Distinguished Flying Cross medals. Stevens returned to college when the war ended, earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a law degree from Harvard. He then worked in the law offices of Northcutt Ely in Washington, D.C., and handled the legal affairs of Emil Usibelli, founder of Usibelli Coal Mine in Alaska. Stevens was soon offered a job with one of Usibelli’s attorneys in Fairbanks, which set him on the path to a political career in Alaska. Sen. Stevens’ career as a public servant spanned 45 years and began in
1964 when he was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives. He was later elected as Speaker pro tempore and majority leader before being appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1968 to fill a vacant seat. Stevens won the seat in a special election two years later and served his country with distinction for more than 40 years. In addition to serving his fellow Alaskans so ably, Sen. Stevens was a Life member of the National Rifle Association and served on the board of directors from 1983 to 1986 and again from 1992 to 1995. While a member of the NRA Board, Stevens served on the NRA Legislative Policy, Hunting and Wildlife Conservation, and Law Enforcement Assistance committees. Sen. Stevens greatly enjoyed the shooting sports and days spent afield in Alaska. He was proud to receive an “A+” rating from NRA for 23 years. In honor of his dedication to preserving our Second Amendment rights and conservation, NRA named him “Man of the Year” in 1979. “Senator Stevens was a great friend of the Second Amendment, NRA and freedom—and fought like a bulldog for all three,” noted NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
“Whether it was blocking anti-gun attacks through the appropriations process, or fighting to keep public lands open to hunting, Senator Stevens’ efforts were the key to many victories for gun owners’ rights,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. Stevens survived a plane crash in 1978 that took the life of his wife, Ann, and four other passengers. He remarried in 1980, and is survived by his wife, Catherine, their daughter, Lily, and three sons and two daughters from his first marriage: Ben, Walter, Ted, Susan and Beth.
Amateur Radio Station Recognizes NRA’s 139th Birthday
he Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott, Ariz., will operate a special event station November 17, 2010, in celebration of NRA’s 139th birthday. The amateur radio station will operate from the Gunsite Academy’s 2,000-acre campus north of Prescott, Ariz. The special event call sign will be K7NRA, an FCC-licensed amateur radio station. The operation will take place from 1500 to 2300 UTC (0800 to1600 MST) on the following frequencies: 7.250, 14.250 and 21.335. A unique NRA/Gunsite QSL Card (acknowledgement of communications) will be forwarded to those stations contacted during the event. All amateur stations, especially those operated by NRA members and Gunsite alumni, are urged to participate. More information can be found at YARC’s website: www.w7yrc.org.
To commemorate NRA’s 139th birthday, the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) will operate a special event station on November 17, 2010, from Gunsite Academy.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - November 2010
American Rifleman - November 2010
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
Expanding Bullets: Really Work
Laser On Board: The New Bodyguards
Election 2010: Had Enough? Vote Freedom First!
Election 2010: Races To Watch
The Model 94 Rides Again
Blaser: The Evolution Of German Hunting Rifles
Arms Of The “Chosin Few”
Walter R. Walsh: An Amazing Life
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun
American Rifleman - November 2010