Papa Hambone

Welcome to the world of Hambone!

The mission of this website is to make available some of the writings and hopefully sound recordings of George Vukelich. George was an outdoor writer, story teller, novelist, poet, essayist, radio announcer and jazz DJ. His career spanned from the mid 1950s until his death in 1995, and there is a little bit of everything represented in the pages of this website. And the site will continue to grow, so check in to check out the new items.

A more detailed biography will be added soon. But you will be able to learn about George Vukelich just by reading his columns and articles.

The website is a labor of love, and we hope that you enjoy exploring. Wander around a bit, and soak in the scenery. As George and his son used to say to each other, “no mile is a wasted mile.”

Featured Recent Addition

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act. To honor that Act, here is a three part series of articles George wrote about his interview with Sigurd Olson, one of the founding fathers of the BWCAW. This interview was done about a year before the passage of the Act.

Three Part Interview with Sigurd Olson:  

The Capital Times 6-27-77: 50 years later, Olson still fights for BWCA – part 1


The Capital Times 6-28-77: Sigurd Olson’s battle – part 2


The Capital Times 6-29-77: Wilderness a ‘sacred’ place – part 3