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Al Look talks about singing in a quartet, publishing books on Mesa County history, and fishing. He also discusses various people and places of the Western Slope. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, A collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Al Look talks about taking groups of teachers on tours of the Colorado National Monument and about the history of Grand Junction’s Avalon Theater. He describes the Biltmore, a gambling hall on Main Street owned by J.W. “Big Kid” Eames, and the murder of Eames by dance hall owner and would-be robber Fern “Bubbles” Sadler. He also discusses Pretty Boy Floyd’s brief stay at the Yellow Jacket in Delta, Colorado and his frequenting of Grand...
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Alfred Alvine “Al” Look tells about his childhood growing up in Kansas. He talks about the theater productions his school put on and his role in those. He describes his education in journalism at the University of Nebraska, publishing a magazine called Ah Go On, and working in a store to help pay his tuition. He also talks about his contributions to the Mesa College library (now Colorado Mesa University). The interview was conducted by the Mesa...
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Al Look touches on the history of Lake City, Delta, and Creede, Colorado in the context of his travels there. He also discusses his trip to the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932 as a chaperone for fifteen boys. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Al Look talks about doing publicity for The Daily Sentinel and about organizing events, such as a local basketball tournament, for the newspaper. He also talks about his role in creating both the Soup Eaters, an organization that provided charity to local children, and the Grand Junction Cancer Society. He details his experience selling advertising for newspapers, and his techniques for selling advertising. He talks about his wife, Margaret (Langen)...
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Al Look talks about his time in the US Naval Reserves during World War I and how he became an officer. He describes ships in detail and how they were loaded, the weapons on them, and Navy traditions. He talks about his time after the Navy and how he homesteaded in Dove Creek, Colorado. Look brings up World War II and his son’s service in the Navy at that time. The interview finishes with Look talking about his childhood in Nebraska. The interview...
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Al Look talks about his role in helping to discover Fremont Indian ruins in what became the Look-Turner Site in Utah. He speaks about Hannah Wormington, the archaeologist who excavated the site. He also discusses a flash flood on Diamond Creek in which rancher Laura Turner was killed. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Al Look talks about the use of radiocarbon dating during Hannah Marie Wormington’s excavation of the Turner-Look Site, a Fremont Indian cultural site in Grand County, Utah. He discusses minstrel shows and his involvement in them in his younger days. He also speaks about aspects of Colorado Western Slope history. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western...
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Grand Junction, Colorado newspaper columnist, amateur historian, geologist and paleontologist Al Look discusses Grand Junction personalities such as Walter Walker and William J. Moyer, pre-radio reporting of World Series scores and boxing matches, and other aspects of Mesa County history. This interview is made available via signed release by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado...
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Al look talks about the many books he authored, the many speeches he gave, and his techniques for public speaking. He speaks about his endeavors in paleontology, the many places he visited during his travels, and his written contributions to local history. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Al Look talks about the Grand Junction train depot munitions fire of June 1943, and the local and national media response. He speaks about his son Al Jr.’s career at Dow Chemical. He remembers a fire that occurred in his home, and subsequently renting a home from an owner who kept a monkey in the basement. He discusses his experiences as an original member of the Grand Junction Lions Club, the many practical jokes played by members, and the important...
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Al Look talks about his involvement with the International Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives, about his On Guard column in the Daily Sentinel, about taking the first aerial photographs of the Grand Mesa, and about the history of the Avalon Theater. He also discusses getting lost while hunting agates, the Lincoln Park Zoo, John Otto’s construction of trails on the Grand Mesa, and other aspects of Mesa County history. The interview was...
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Al Look talks about driving a team of mules for a laundry wagon, playing hooky from school and stealing watermelons in Stockton, Kansas. He discusses duck hunting and teaching his son gun safety. He speaks about working and then selling his homestead in Dove Creek, and about his experiences in the Four Corners area. He talks about playing high school football on a championship team, and attending the University of Nebraska. He relates working as an...
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A holiday on June 16, 1972 named for Al Look by the city of Grand Junction.
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Al Look discusses his career as an advertising agent and columnist for the Grand Junction Daily News and The Daily Sentinel newspapers. He also talks about the Sentinel's history and employees. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society.
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Al Look details the murder of Maggie Herrick by Henry Herrick in 1883, committed shortly after the founding of Mesa County, Colorado. This recording is made available via signed release by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Al Look talks about his family and about his grandparents’ immigration from Germany. He speaks about life on the farm in Kansas and the important role of women as homemakers. He discusses travels in Colorado and New Mexico, encounters with Ute and Navajo people, and filing for a homestead in the Dove Creek area. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western...
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Al Look talks about his father’s grocery store in the early Twentieth century, an incident involving his cat, and a shipment of butter. He mentions his family’s move from Nebraska to Stockton, Kansas. He speaks about the various jobs he had, his education, and the dangers of the open prairie. He also recalls the activities the children would participate in for fun. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration...
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Al Look talks about the history of the Ute Indian tribe in Colorado, about their relations with the U.S. Government, conditions at the White River Agency, and about the events leading up to the Meeker Massacre. This recording is made available via signed release by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Grand Junction, Colorado newspaper columnist, amateur historian, geologist and paleontologist Al Look discusses the Soup Eaters organization that he helped found during the Great Depression, Dalton Trumbo, American Indian archaeology and digs on the Western Slope, and his contacts with the Navajo. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.