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Doug Sack

Doug Sack

What's Up Yukon contributor Doug Sack, 70, is the editor of Sourdough Chronicle, the quad-annual newsletter of the Yukon Council on Aging (YCOA). Before that, he was young.


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Issue: 2017-08-30, Quotation: Doug Sack

If anyone ever tries to tell you the first legal casino in Canadian history – Dawson City's fabled Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall – was a raging success from the moment the doors first opened in June, 1972, perhaps you should clip and save... more

Aug 30, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: United States Mint

Although I can't absolutely verify the factual accuracy of the following "claim to fame," if I'm not the only person who had the unique opportunity to caddy for Jack Nicklaus both before he won his first professional major (1962 U.S. Open) and... more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-08-09, Photo: Caitlin Press

If there is any failing in Terry Milos' excellent memoir North of Familiar: A Woman's Story of Homesteading and Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness, it is this: nowhere within these wonderful 208 pages does she get around to physically describing... more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: United States Library of Congress

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Less than a week after Canada finally celebrates our 150th birthday, the top men's softball (fastpitch) players in the country will be saddled with facing an angry New Zealand haka performed by disgruntled Black Sox players to begin the next 150... more

Jul 5, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Once upon a time, long ago, a young truck driver in Whitehorse found himself with five days off work to celebrate the May long weekend and decided to finally visit Dawson City for the first time. It was either 1971 or '72, and he had been... more

Jul 5, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

I knew on the Saturday morning warm up on the driving range I was in for a unique caddying experience. This was the days of the "shag bag" when caddies would stand out on the range serving as targets for their golfers and often catch their shots... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-05-17, United States Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Dye

Although I can't absolutely verify the factual accuracy of the following "claim to fame," if I'm not the only person who had the unique opportunity to caddy for Jack Nicklaus both before he won his first professional major (1962 U.S. Open) and... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Pixabay

When Abbotsford's Adam Hadwin, 29, defeated American Patrick Cantlay on the final hole of the Valspar Championship in Florida on March 12 to win the first PGA Tour title of his career, his life changed forever when the winning putt fell into the cup. more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Pixabay

As a retired sportswriter who bleeds baseball Red and could steal second base before I was able to walk to first, I was recently deep into the internet researching the history and origins of the game when I stumbled on a fact that had somehow... more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

By every statistical quantifier known to man or beast, less one, the upstart Atlanta Falcons don't have much of a chance against the New England Patriots in Sunday's 51st issue of the NFL's Super Bowl or "LI" to those who still count like Romans... more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: by Meagan Deuling

When I first heard Bob Hayes had written a novel set 14,000 years ago that fictionally chronicles the arrival of the first humans to inhabit what is now known as the Yukon Territory, I knew immediately it would be physically accurate like a Louis... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: Lee Gunderson

The second best thing about a 68-year-old writer listening to an 81-year-old singer at the 2015 Atlin Arts and Music Festival was feeling young again. The first was admiration, knowing the “Ol’ Cowboy” still has what it takes to captivate a... more

Jul 23, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-06-11

John Firth’s massive Yukon Sport: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, published in November 2014 by Sport Yukon, is a heavy book. It must weigh 14 pounds. If you’re brain isn’t strong enough to read all of it, mine wasn’t, you can throw out your old... more

Jun 11, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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If it's true there are seven wonders in the natural world, then surely this is the eighth. The world's most incompetent techno-challenged is boldly composing this on a brand new, state-of-the-art iPod. more

Jan 15, 2015 7:01 PM Family and Health

Special Deluxe, A Memoir of Life & Cars, by Neil Young

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If there is anyone left in Canada still interested in figuring out how Neil Young's brain functions, his second memoir Special Deluxe, A Memoir of Life & Cars, is not likely to clear up the fog. Young, 69, is just not wired like the rest of us. more

Dec 24, 2014 12:00 AM Literature

When Edmund Metatawabin's (Ed) residential school memoir, Up Ghost River, jumped off the new-books shelf of the Yukon Public Library and landed in my book bag on top of Bobby Orr and Gordie Howe, I was tempted to blow my whistle and send him more

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM Literature