“When I first met Hank Karr back in 1965, he was the hottest property to hit the Yukon since sourdough pancakes and fresh oranges. He was a ball of musical energy. This Saskatchewan born son of the soil could deliver any song with ease. Ballads, pop, country, story songs-Hank handled them all.”
Les McLaughlin, a prominent former broadcaster and technician wrote these words.
A half century later, Hank is still “hot property” and over the years has entered and captured the hearts of thousands of Yukoners. Hank’s unforgettable smile, his caring way and natural talent to entertain make him an integral part of the musical fabric of The Yukon.
Hank now would like to tell his story in a book form and wants you to be part of it. The format will be similar to The Squatters of Downtown Whitehorse compiled by Pat Ellis and friends. The MacBride Museum will be an active partner in this project.
We are looking for stories, memories and photos of Hank that you may want to share.
Your contribution, marked The Hank Karr Story, can be dropped off at the MacBride Museum during regular visitor hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday). The deadline for material is Feb. 29.
Copies of photos and stories will stay with the MacBride and become part of their archives, if you choose. In addition, any financial contributions to the publishing of The Hank Karr Story can be made at the MacBride Museum.
I have known Hank for almost 40 years and will be helping to sort through photos and articles in his personal collection. The projected completion of Hank’s story will be sometime this summer or early fall. Thanks for your support.