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October 21, 2008 8:09 AM

Even if Palin weren't running, this'd be a great Alaska tale

Todd Palin's grandmother's life is an Alaska story. Her father was a Dutchman named "Glass Eye Billy" who made his living mushing dogsleds loaded with cargo between isolated settlements — until the airplane drove him from business. Her mother was full-blooded Yup'ik, growing up in a sod-roofed house in the now-abandoned village of Tuklung, somewhere on the tundra between Dillingham and Togiak. The first thing he noticed about her were her fur boots and gorgeous white parka made from the supple fur of reindeer fawn.

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