There are all kinds of mysterious urban legends, like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. But Christmas is developing its own urban legend in Alaska — the mysterious Snowzilla. For each of the last three years, Snowzilla has risen again and again each winter, defying the natural order of a snowman melting away. Snowzilla has risen up to 25 feet in his latest incarnation, and now the citizens of Anchorage, Alaska, are tired of living in fear of him.
Snowzilla was the brainchild of Billy Powers, an Anchorage junk and salvage operation owner. In 2005, Powers was host to the 16-foot tall Snowzilla snowman, complete with the traditional corncob pipe, carrot nose and beer bottle eyes.
Snowzilla was such a giant icon in Alaska that Billy Power became famous in his hometown for creating him. But Snowzilla also made a few enemies for attracting too much traffic and noise, and for being a safety hazard.
Powers and Snowzilla have come under attack from Alaskan officials and grinches for years. Powers has been repeatedly fined every winter that Snowzilla rises from the dead. Though Snowzilla was not targeted last year, Anchorage officials posted a stop-work order on Powers’ door to stop Snowzilla from coming back this year.
Powers also has outstanding fines of over $100,000 for violating land use codes, but that’s a trick straight out of the likes of Scrooge or Mr. Potter.
Powers was banned from hosting Snowzilla in his yard if he came back, but Snowzilla could not be denied. Not only is Snowzilla back in his usual place at Powers’ yard, he is bigger than ever.
Snowzilla is now making himself more of a “safety hazard” than ever, standing at a record 25 feet tall. With a black stovepipe hat, a giant scarf, and slightly fatter hips than usual, Snowzilla has thumbed its carrot nose at Alaska city officials.
Powers has denied he is responsible for bringing Snowzilla back, suggesting that Snowzilla may have had help rising again from fans. Those same fans are waging pre-emptive strikes against Snowzilla’s enemies, building a protest snowman outside Anchorage City Hall.
Snowzilla already has a website and plans to raise a legal defensive fund for him. However, no action against Snowzilla will be taken until after Christmas.
For now, Snowzilla is rising tall and dwarfing over another Christmas in Alaska. At the moment, it doesn’t look like Snowzilla will need a pardon from Sarah Palin to stay around until he hibernates for most of 2009.
Associated Press- “Giant snowman rises again in Alaska- mysteriously” www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jeOivSoRGOBtYf9zD9kG3Lj4IssAD9590HN00
Anchorage Daily News- “Revenge of Snowzilla” www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/632231.html