The Press: A Cheechako Takes Over

In the Gold Rush days, Alaska's Indians referred to intruders from the U.S. as "cheechakos"—a corruption of the word Chicago. Last week Larry Fanning, 53, a latter-day cheechako who arrived in Alaska nine months ago after an illustrious twelve years in the competitive world of Windy City journalism, became the owner of the state's only morning newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News (circ. 18,000).

Fanning quit as editorial director of the Chicago-based Publishers' Newspaper Syndicate last September and moved to Alaska after marrying Kay Woodruff Field, second wife of his onetime boss, Marshall Field Jr. Once settled with Kay and her three children,...

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