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Longtime resident and author turns 90


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Alaskan author and local treasure Wayne Short in his service photo from 1946.

If you ask Wayne Short what his profession was he'll most likely respond with acute, warm laughter. The Petersburg resident will be turning 90 next week, and his resume includes veteran, carpenter, hunter, trapper, fisherman and author.

Short's first book The Cheechakoes, published in 1964, became popular in Europe, and it bought him his first big boat, the F/V Denny M, a 45-footer that allowed him to start making "real money." The story of Short's life strongly follows the footsteps of his pioneer relatives, including his father, a man who could not stay in one place for too long.

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