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A century of memories

by Nick Brennan

Posted: 11.25.2014 at 4:52 PM

Nick Brennan

Weekend Anchor/Reporter


MARQUETTE — As of Tuesday, Brookridge Heights Senior Living in Marquette has two centenarians.

Marquette native John Akkala, class of ’34 at Marquette Senior High School, turned 100 years old, and his family and friends threw a party to remember for him at Brookridge Heights. Akkala said he had many happy memories he had accumulated in a century, but one of his fondest was his very long career in amateur radio.

“Amateur radio; I’ve been an amateur for 83 years, starting when I was in grade school,” said Akkala.

Akkala was also an organ player, and had donated his own organ to Brookridge Heights years ago. As a tribute to him, his guests played his organ and sang a few songs for him.

via A century of memories : News : UpperMichigansSource.com.


Nice, positive article about the Amateur Radio experiences of John Akkala, who celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.  John has been an active ham for 83 years–he must have some good stories to tell.  Happy belated birthday!

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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