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James (Jack? Jim?) "Roxie" Lawson Interview Transcript

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  • 2001-11-13


James "Roxie" Lawson briefly discusses the origin of his nickname, his family, growing up in Ishpeming, school, and work. Index: Skiing: Bietilas, Duluth Ski Jumping Tournament, 10th Mountain Division, Colorado, Texas, Italy. Shrapnel hit and “walking wounded”, opera in pajamas, baseball, discharge November 29, 1945. Jumping after the war: Travels in US, record jumps, Duluth Tournament. Technique: wind pressure and ride the air, guts. Nickname “Hammerlegs” for Ralph Bietila. Ski Technique: old v. new. Equipment: old v. new, hill transportation, hill grooming, setting the track. Prizes. Marriage: wife and daughters (gave no names). Women in the sport. Life now: breakfast group, deer camp. Trip to Finland for 80th birthday in 2002. Ski Hall of Fame. Ski professionals: Walter Hantz Anderson and Matt Heikkenan in 1920s. Demise of Ski jumping. Wife’s liver transplant. Interviewed by Susan Hornbogen.

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