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Snowman draws a crowd
Anchorage Daily News ^ | 12/23/05 | KATIE PESZNECKER

Posted on 12/24/2005 12:23:33 PM PST by conservative in nyc

Snowzilla may be the only Alaskan getting more press than Sen. Ted Stevens.

More than 16 feet tall, the giant snowman towering above homes on once-sleepy Columbine Street is drawing hundreds of locals and tourists and scoring airtime and headlines across the nation -- and even the world.

"I guess they like snowmen in Russia, because they had a news team from Moscow here yesterday," said Billy Powers, Snowzilla's creator. "We get a traffic jam here at least once an hour. It must be people are just tired of hearing about Iraq or something."

Powers stood across the street from his Airport Heights home Thursday afternoon, sipping from a steaming coffee mug and smiling like a proud papa as yet another carload of children rallied around Snowzilla's plump base, grinning and posing for pictures.

Someone told him his creation was a top story on MSN's Web page.

"Is that right?" His smile widened. "Oh my gosh."

And that's just the tip of the iceberg -- or snowman. Newspapers from California to Chicago to North Carolina have picked up the story. It's popped up in Washington, Tennessee, Minnesota, Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Kentucky and New Hampshire. It's been in The Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.

USA Today listed Powers' address.

You know what they say: If you build it, they will come.

And are they coming -- in minivans and sedans, big trucks and little two-doors, all to gawk at a big snowman.

Ashlie McClain, a 23-year-old from Texas visiting family in town, stood wide-eyed before the hulking Frosty.

(Excerpt) Read more at adn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: frosty; frostyonsteroids; snowman; snowzilla


Anchorage Daily News Snowzilla Photo Gallery

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
1 posted on 12/24/2005 12:23:34 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

well Merry Christmas back at you. And that is one big honkin' snow man for sure!


2 posted on 12/24/2005 12:26:34 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: conservative in nyc

Looks like it took a lot of work.


3 posted on 12/24/2005 12:30:38 PM PST by lesser_satan
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To: conservative in nyc

It's Bush's fault


5 posted on 12/24/2005 12:33:23 PM PST by oneofmany (Salus populi suprema lex)
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To: Syncretic

Lol....or a snow thing! This is one great Snowman.


6 posted on 12/24/2005 12:35:39 PM PST by TheLion
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To: DarkshadowNY; Darksheare; Darkchylde

ping


7 posted on 12/24/2005 12:41:08 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: lesser_satan
Looks like it took a lot of work.

From the article, with added language in brackets to identify folks:

It took [homeowner] Powers, [neighbor] Estes and their free-labor [neighborhood] child work force an estimated 40-hours of work. Powers' 11-year old daughter, Brook, sewed the puffy red gloves, bright carrot-shaped nose, the draping plaid scarf and the shiny red band for the black top hat.

It's not a real carrot - a real carrot would probably be too small for a 16-foot snowman.
8 posted on 12/24/2005 12:44:45 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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9 posted on 12/24/2005 12:45:48 PM PST by martin_fierro (See what I did there?)
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To: conservative in nyc

That's a BIG snowman


10 posted on 12/24/2005 12:55:26 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: TheLion

giant homeless Yedi


11 posted on 12/24/2005 1:05:49 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Peace de Resistance! Viva la Paper towels!)
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To: Syncretic

does the snowman want a "road to nowhere" ?


12 posted on 12/24/2005 1:07:17 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Peace de Resistance! Viva la Paper towels!)
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To: Syncretic
I am surprised that the AP article did not call it a "snow person" or a "snow sculpture" so as to avoid sexist language.

Q: What's the difference between snowmen and snow-women?
A: snowballs

Highlight above for answer... slightly off color but not profane... ;-)

13 posted on 12/24/2005 1:50:55 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: martin_fierro

What's the Interent? :-)


14 posted on 12/24/2005 2:30:09 PM PST by mwyounce
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To: conservative in nyc
ooooooooh there goes tokyo, snowzilla.....snowzilla zilla zilla
15 posted on 12/24/2005 2:34:22 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: conservative in nyc

Much cooler in real life, the guy lives up the road from us - we took the grandchildren by for a look....wow.

Can't wait for Spring, I wonder how he will handle any tippy-ness.


16 posted on 12/24/2005 2:37:30 PM PST by ASOC (The result of choosing between the lesser of two evils, in the end, leaves you with, well, evil.)
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17 posted on 12/24/2005 2:38:15 PM PST by uglybiker (Iraqis have purple on their fingers. Liberals have brown on their thumbs.)
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To: conservative in nyc
Just WOW!
18 posted on 12/24/2005 2:38:39 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Bon mots
Q: What's the difference between snowmen and snow-women?

Way back when I was a 1st Sgt., I came to work early one morning to find a male and female (anatomically correct) snow “men” by my office door.
No problem. The CO didn’t like it – but who runs the Company, the 1st Shirt of the CO?
19 posted on 12/24/2005 2:43:15 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: conservative in nyc
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20 posted on 12/24/2005 3:03:02 PM PST by Fawn
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To: Fawn
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21 posted on 12/24/2005 3:05:16 PM PST by Fawn
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To: Fawn
C&H.......best comic strip I've ever seen.........(Pogo runs a close second...)and I'm 54.

FMCDH

22 posted on 12/24/2005 4:32:10 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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