The Joe Redington Story
Meet rugged, independent, determined, and hard-working Joe Redington, Father of the Iditarod, a man who found his destiny in Alaska. In an inspirational biography, Lew Freedman chronicles Redington's birth on the Chisholm Trail and his boyhood in the Depression -- homeless, motherless, roaming the country looking for work. Alaska was his rebirth in 1948. On his own piece of dirt, a man could raise a family, hunt, fish, run dogs, and stand up for what he believed. Redington helped rescue Alaska dog mushing from extinction, creating a legacy in a thrilling thousand-mile race across Alaska, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
"There's no one like Joe. He taught me . . . about what being an Alaskan is and how a true pioneer lives."
--Susan Butcher, Iditarod Champion 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990
"If you're looking for a delightful book to read, FATHER OF THE IDITAROD is one! There are many humorous stories about Joe that had me laughing out loud.
--Alaska Women Speak magazine
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lew Freedman has written numerous books about Alaska and especially about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Freedman is the outdoor-adventure reporter for the Chicago Tribune.