Story last updated at 12/30/2009 - 12:12 pm
I'm willing to bet that quite a few Americans ended up with our former governor's memoir under their trees this Christmas. Whether this thought makes you smile or stands your hair on end, it's interesting to think how many people could be wrapping up their years curled up with an Alaskan memoir.
I began 2009 with an Alaskan memoir as well, "Fifty Miles from Tomorrow" by Willie Hensley. The book received quite a few positive national reviews, and many reviewers commented on the book's ability to show people Outside parts of our vast state not reflected in Sarah Palin's story. After all, no matter how much of Palin's story may resonate with you, I think there's something a bit unsettling about one person being the sole representative for a state as diverse as ours.
When considering how we should do a "Year in Review" of 2009 for this issue of the Capital City Weekly, the first decision we faced was what role, if any, Palin's story should play. I recalled something Aaron Elmore of Theatre in the Rough told me a few weeks ago about preparing "Shepherds, Wise Men & Angels: The Christmas Story told with Puppets" - he said they'd decided that there was to be no physical character representing King Herod in the production, because Herod always stole the show in Christmas pageants.
I had a feeling Sarah Palin might do the same in a Year in Review. And when I went looking through our archives for photos, I turned up only one of Palin taken in 2009 anyway.
At the Capital City Weekly we had, after all, spent most of our time in 2009 with our attention focused on the other people who were making their mark in our Southeast communities in one way or another - some quietly, some in the limelight, and all with different stories to tell.
So for our Year in Review we decided to put the spotlight back on some of the Alaskans we featured in these pages over the course of 2009. Some faces will be familiar to many of your, while you may be meeting some others in print for the first time. If you'd like to read the original feature articles about any of the people pictured in the coming pages, visit http://www.capitalcityweekly.com and type the name of the person in the search box in the upper right-hand corner of our home page.
We'll be the first to admit that 25 faces might not be enough to sum up an entire year in all of Southeast Alaska. It was certainly hard to pick just 25 faces from our 2009 archives, and you'll notice we cheated a few times, fitting multiple faces in a single frame.
But it's a relief to know that this is just a chapter in a continuing project of telling the stories of our neighbors. We have plenty of stories from our communities left to tell. Please remember that if you ever have an idea for someone with an interesting story to tell, we'd love to hear about it. We have all of 2010 ahead of us.
Happy New Year from all of us at the Capital City Weekly.
Katie Spielberger is the managing editor of the Capital City Weekly. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.