How Sam’s in Chattanooga got it’s name
Funny, but today I was going through an early bio I wrote; this portion about my time at CSU at the Boar’s Nest NW of town, 1964:
“In the fall I settled into the routine of class room work and preparation for what, I didn’t know. One story I must mention is the intentional dog breeding caper where we kidnapped the SAE Fraternity’s mascot St. Bernard dog that summer and brought him to the Boars nest for breeding to a (mostly) German Shepard, who was in desperate heat. Despite a campus wide alert, the crime remained unsolved and in a couple of weeks, with the deed done we returned the exhausted frat dog under the cover of darkness, undetected. Out of that union came my companion for the next 14 years, Sam”
Sam, the handsome Bernard/Shepard above had his very own avalanche path named after him by Don Bachman, (Sam’s companion) during the INSTAAR-San Juan Project around Silverton, Colorado in the early 70’s. The hundreds of paths were being identified, studied, measured and named for a San Juan Avalanche Atlas. See additional San Juan Project story.
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Noel Peterson told me that Sam the dog didn’t like him and would growl at him whenever he was around. Noel finally figured out that at some point Sam had been shot in the hip. Noel always smelled of gun powder from shooting avalanches and Sam associated the smell of powder with the pain from getting shot. At least that’s how I remember Noel’s story. We miss him.