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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

In the spirit of his home state, Jim Whittaker defined daring

"Big Jim" Whittaker, standing tall and proud atop Mount Everest on May 1, 1963, after becoming the first American to scale the peak, had no idea where that high-altitude moment would take him -- or the place he calls home -- over the half-century to follow.