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Harvey L. Zion Jr.

Memorial services were conducted Nov. 15 for Harvey L. Zion Jr., who died Nov. 11, 2005, at his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He was 77. Harvey was born Jan. 27, 1928, at Colorado Springs, Colo., to Harvey L. Zion Sr. and Shirley Naomi Walker. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the Marine Corps for 11Ú2 years during the Korean conflict. Harvey was in law enforcement for 20 years and worked for 12 years for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. He moved to Coeur d’Alene when he retired in 1979. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, the Fairfax Lodge 556 in Larkspur, Calif.; a former member of the Scottish Rite in Coeur d’Alene, Keystone chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Spirit Lake, Idaho; a Shriner with the Calam Temple in Lewiston, Idaho; and a member of Eastern Star, Queen Esther chapter 12 in Coeur d’Alene. He was involved in theater and was a member of Lake City Harmonizers, past president of the Amateur Radio Society, member of Officers Without Legal Status and a member of the Pappy Boyington Detachment of the Marine Corps, all in Coeur d’Alene. He was the past commander of American Legion Post 9831 in Hayden, Idaho. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Luttrell of Redding, Calif.; sons, Lloyd Zion of South Lake Tahoe and Andrew Zion of Sparks, Nev.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; companion, Dorothy Robertson of Coeur d’Alene; and first wife, Virginia Zion of Sparks. Memorial services were held at English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden ID 83835.

Harmon to test limits

Ken Harmon already knows he can swim the length of Lake Tahoe, but it’s the uncharted waters beyond that distance hatched his latest challenge. The 50-year-old Danville, Calif., man will attempt to swim the length of Lake Tahoe and back without a wet suit this weekend. “I have no doubt that one length will give me my moneys worth, but the challenge for me is to test what I can do after one length. I have always wanted to try and swim 24 hours at a respectable pace.” Dubbed the Ultimate Tahoe Challenge, Harmon is tentatively scheduled to depart at 8 p.m. Saturday from the beach at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village. Small craft advisories on the lake have pushed back his departure time by three hours. The wind delay will mean Harmon will spend much of his challenging 44-mile swim in the dark. “I have been in much colder water for almost five hours but 24 will be challenging, even though warmer and 10 hours of no sunlight,” Harmon said. Harmon said part of his support crew will include a physician, who will monitor for hypothermia. If Harmon succeeds, he’ll be the first distance swimmer to swim the length and back without the aid of a wet suit. Harmon said Jamie Patrick became the first swimmer in a wet suit to swim two lengths of Lake Tahoe last week. In 2005, Harmon swam 22 miles from Camp Richardson to the Hyatt Regency in 11 hours, 19 minutes. Harmon took the longest route across the lake, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Carter swims for village On Friday, South Lake Tahoe’s Tiffany Carter attempted to swim across Lake Tahoe to raise money for an impoverished village in Africa. Carter’s route was from Kiva Beach to Incline Village. Results of that swim weren’t available at press time. Before attempting her swim, Carter had raised $957 of her $2,000 goal. Donations can still be made by going to swimforafrica.com.

Rough water foils Harmon in Ultimate Tahoe Challenge

Lake Tahoe revealed its summer teeth Sunday night, derailing Ken Harmon and his bid to swim two lengths of Lake Tahoe. Rough water conditions ended Harmon’s quest to complete the Ultimate Tahoe Challenge – a 44.2-mile distance swim in the mountain lake’s frigid waters. Unrelenting winds caused choppy water, prompting the 50-year-old Danville, Calif., man to leave the lake five hours and 10 miles into the pursuit of swimming from Hyatt Beach in Incline Village to Camp Richardson near South Lake Tahoe and back. “It’s the first time I’ve pulled out of anything. I did the right thing,” Harmon said. “The conditions were terrible, but we went for it.” Harmon originally hoped to begin the swim on Saturday night, but small craft advisories on the lake delayed his attempt until Sunday night. The change of plans also forced Harmon to rework his Lake Tahoe use permits through the U.S. Coast Guard and shortened his supply of pacers – two of which became ill. Harmon was attempting to become the first swimmer not wearing a wet suit to swim the two lengths of the lake. In 2005, Harmon completed a 22.1-mile length swim of Lake Tahoe. At the time, Harmon’s time of 11 hours, 19 minutes set a new lake record, but Tahoe City’s Karen Rogers (10:50) and Patti Buefield of San Ramon (10:39:50) have since eclipsed his mark. Earlier this month, Jamie Patrick became the first swim to two crossings of Lake Tahoe, completing the task in 25 hours, 26 minutes. According to his website tahoetriple.com, Patrick will attempt to make three crossings of Lake Tahoe next August. While Harmon was unable to reach his goal, pacer Clark Bird completed the 22.1-mile swim from Hyatt Beach to Camp Richardson in 13 hours, 30 minutes. Harmon said Bird’s effort was miraculous. “He was really moving, doing the first 15 miles in 7:34, but the last six-plus miles in six hours,” Harmon said. “Historically, in those conditions, it’s crazy. He’s doing fine now, and everyone is grateful no one got hurt.” Harmon’s challenging swimming project benefitted the Best Buddies International at http://www.bestbuddies.org/tahoechallenge, the Karen Gaffney Foundation at http://www.karengaffneyfoundation.com at the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada at http://www.dsnnn.org. “The charities are happy that I brought awareness, but for me it’s kind of a hollow feeling,” he said. “For the safety of the lake, maybe it’s a good thing that I didn’t finish. If I made it easily, a lot of people might be trying doubles, and one is scary enough. “I definitely don’t want to swim at night in that lake when it’s rough.”

Harmon to attempt Ultimate Tahoe Challenge

On Saturday, Aug. 21, Ken Harmon of Danville, Calif., will take on the Ultimate Tahoe Challenge. Harmon will attempt a round-trip dual length swim of Lake Tahoe, dubbed a “down and back.” Harmon will make the swim without a wetsuit. Departing in the late afternoon from Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino’s private beach at Incline Village, he will swim nonstop through the night to Camp Richardson on the Southern Shore of Lake Tahoe, a distance of 22 miles. He will exit the water for a mere 10 minutes before taking the plunge one more time for the 22-mile swim back to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. “I turned 50 years old this year,” said Harmon, “and I thought this would be a good way to celebrate.” Harmon is a veteran open water swimmer with an impressive resume of completed challenges, including a record-breaking swim five years ago on Aug. 22, 2005. On that date, Harmon swam the 22-mile length of Lake Tahoe in 11 hours and 19 minutes. Harmon has taken on a tremendous training regimen preparing for the swim, all for a very good cause. He will travel to the mile high Lake Tahoe in the heart of the Sierras to swim 44 miles in approximately 24 hours to raise funds for three phenomenal non-profit organizations. He is swimming for Best Buddies International, The Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada and the Karen Gaffney Foundation, led by long distance swimmer, Karen Gaffney. Ken Harmon and his Best Buddy Karen Gaffney will join together to create awareness for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities by making this round-trip swim in Lake Tahoe. No strangers to each other or to long cold swims, Harmon and Gaffney met in 2007 when Harmon helped Gaffney train to swim the nine-mile width of Lake Tahoe, which she completed in September of 2007 in 6 hours and 13 minutes. Gaffney is one of a handful of swimmers who have successfully completed a solo swim across the width of Lake Tahoe, and the only one with Down syndrome. Fundraising swim beneficiaries • Best Buddies International: http://www.bestbuddies.org/tahoechallenge • The Karen Gaffney Foundation: http://www.karengaffneyfoundation.com • The Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada http://www.dsnnn.org

Sage of tourism industry appointed to LTVA board

Dennis Harmon, managing director of Heavenly Ski Resort, will bring 23 years of tourism experience when he takes a seat Thursday on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Board of Directors. “I think I’ve got a pretty good background for this type of thing,” he said, referring to his years in the ski industry and tourism in general that includes organizations on the local, state and national levels. “The LTVA has an important role to play in the community and we (Heavenly) like to be at the table when the decisions are made.” Harmon was appointed by the LTVA board in December to fill the member-at-large seat formerly held by John Wagnon, Heavenly’s vice-president of marketing. Other applicants for the position were John Rice, general manager of Sierra-at-Tahoe and Tim Cohee, president of Kirkwood Ski Resort. The at-large seat is appointed by the seven-member board for a two-year term. Wagnon’s term expired in November. The other six seats are filled by appointments from the South Lake Tahoe City Council, the Douglas County Board of Commissioner, the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, the Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance and the South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association. The at-large seat is designed to represent aspects of Tahoe’s tourism industry beyond those six organizations. Harmon expects to spend some time meeting with community leaders in other tourism industries to learn more about their needs and interests. Harmon arrived at Lake Tahoe in 1991 to oversee Heavenly for then-owner Kanko Kamori. He previously worked at Steamboat and Aspen ski resorts in Colorado. While in Aspen in the 1980s, he served five years on the Aspen Resort Association Board of Directors, which he described as similar to the LTVA. Harmon currently serves on the California Commission on Tourism. He was part of the original task force that created the California Tourism Marketing Act, approved by the state tourism industry in 1997. In the ski industry, Harmon has served on both the National and the California Ski Areas Associations. “A lot of tourism-oriented stuff,” he said, summing up his experience. Since his arrival at Lake Tahoe, Harmon has volunteered for such local organizations at the George Whittell Boosters Club, the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation and the Coordinated Transit System Board of Directors. As a member of the LTVA Board of Directors, Harmon considers his chief mission is to work in concert with the other members to “make smart decisions on where to spend limited marketing dollars.” Perhaps the biggest challenge, he said, is to find a new sponsor for the popular Celebrity Golf Championship, which brings national attention to Lake Tahoe. Back to Front Page

Man make hair trip in the name of Lincoln

If Abraham Lincoln’s hair could talk, it would probably thank Craig Harmon for the ride. Harmon is currently on a cross country trip with a lock of Lincoln’s hair to commemorate the Lincoln Highway in a 1964 Maxim fire engine. He stops unannounced at friendly fire stations along the way where he spends the night and provides the chance for firefighters to join the unofficial “100-foot club” on the Maxim’s fire ladder. On Sunday night, he rolled into South Lake Tahoe at South Lake Tahoe Fire Department Station No. 2. Harmon is not a firefighter. Instead, the 46-year-old man is the founder and curator of a Lincoln Highway museum in Galion, Ohio. “He’s an inspiration to everybody and anytime you mention Lincoln you elevate the conversation,” Harmon said. “Everybody’s on their best behavior when you talk about Lincoln.” In 1913, work was begun to build the first highway spanning the nation from the East to the West Coasts. The road from New York to San Francisco is no longer identified as the Lincoln Highway, but many Lincoln fans keep the name alive in appreciation for the 16th president of the United States. Harmon learned the former president wanted to dip his toe in the Pacific Ocean. When he gets to the ocean, Harmon plans to hold the glass-enclosed lock of Lincoln’s hair — on loan from a museum — and dip his own toe in the salty water. “He always wanted to travel the country so I wanted to fulfill his wish,” Harmon said while watching South Lake Tahoe firefighters climb the 100-foot ladder on the Maxim. Before heading to Placerville, Harmon raised the Maxim’s ladder to the sky Monday morning and observed as firefighters climbed the sturdy metal. “It’s a lot more steady than ours but a lot more narrow,” said Jon Anderson. “When you’re up there you have to bring your arms inside. “Bring a 2 1/2 inch hose up that with an air tank; that’s tough,” Anderson said to a fellow firefighter. The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department was only one of five departments along the route of the nine-month trip that took Harmon’s invitation to climb the ladder. Afterward, Harmon took a picture of the brave men and one woman and lowered the steel. Harmon’s ultimate destination is San Francisco where the highway ends and coincidentally a Lincoln Highway Association National Conference is taking place. But nothing is etched in stone when Harmon is driving and Lincoln’s hair is riding shotgun. “I never know where I’m going to be,” Harmon said. “(The trip) has a life of its own.”

Harmon’s Lake Tahoe swimming challenge delayed

High winds delayed Ken Harmon’s bid to swim the two lengths of Lake Tahoe on Saturday. Harmon’s 44.2-mile Ultimate Tahoe Challenge was postponed until at least 5 p.m. on Sunday because of small craft warnings by the U.S Coast Guard. Harmon, a 50-year-old distance swimmer from Danville, Calif., was planning to swim from Hyatt Beach in Incline Village to Camp Richardson near South Lake Tahoe and back. Harmon was projecting to finish as early as 5 p.m. on Monday at Hyatt Beach. The long-distance swim is benefiting Best Buddies International at http://www.bestbuddies.org/tahoechallenge, the Karen Gaffney Foundation at http://www.karengaffneyfoundation.com at the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada at http://www.dsnnn.org.

Danville swimmer completes ninth successful swim of Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE – Under ideal conditions for a swim across the lake, Ken Harmon stepped onto Hyatt Beach Monday afternoon in front of more than 200 family members, friends and curious onlookers. What the festive crowd witnessed was a piece of Lake Tahoe history. Harmon swam from Camp Richardson to Incline Village in a time of 11 hours, 23 minutes, 5 seconds, a 22-mile excursion that marked the longest possible route across Lake Tahoe, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 45-year-old Danville, Calif., resident believes he became the first person to ever swim Tahoe’s maximum distance. “To me, if the Coast Guard said it, then this is the record as far as I’m concerned,” said 39-year-old John White, Harmon’s brother in-law. “That’s the time to beat. I’m not one for records. I know it’s important for him, but the thing is he did it. He pulled it off.” According to soloswims.com, Kevin Murphy swam 22 miles in a 2003 lake crossing, but his time was slower at 13:56. The marks could not be immediately confirmed. Last week, 39-year-old Santa Cruz resident Bruckner Smith swam from Camp Richardson to Kings Beach, a distance of 20.3 miles, according to Amy Lenhardt, boatswainmate for the U.S. Coast Guard office on the North Shore. Smith’s swim was the eighth successful journey across Lake Tahoe. Just after 5 a.m. Monday morning, Harmon stepped into the waters of Lake Tahoe – without a wet suit. The air temperature was 40 degrees and an open canvas opened up before him. That’s when the silliness of his venture sunk in. “There I was standing in the water, thinking to myself ‘This is nuts. You’re 45 years old, what are you doing? What is wrong with you?’” Harmon said. “I was so nervous to get started. But once I did, it was very calming.” Harmon wanted to average 2 mph for the entire course. After a difficult stretch starting at mile 9, he rebounded to complete the first 15 miles in 7 hours, 20 minutes. With 7 miles to go, and the rooftop of the Hyatt in sight, Harmon had visions of finishing in less than 11 hours. “Once I got that pace just past mile 14, I knew I was going to make it,” Harmon said. “The people in the boats were holding signs out letting me know where I was at. I thought I had a chance to break that guy’s time from last week. But then the final two miles came and I knew that was going to be tough.” Harmon’s pace slowed considerably during the final stretch. However, dozens of people gathered at the end of the beach’s pier to cheer him on. Several teenagers wore white T-shirts with green letters offering slogans such as “Ken Is Awesome” and “You’re My Boy Ken.” But there was still one person in the crowd who remained concerned. “I was worried the whole time, but I’ve been worried for quite awhile,” said Jean Harmon, Ken’s mother. “I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights. This has been a goal he set for himself and he accomplished it. This has been his most challenging one.” Throughout the entire day, the weather cooperated for Harmon. Thunderstorms never developed and Tahoe’s typical afternoon winds didn’t whip up until the last hour. During the final minutes, a chorus of “Let’s go Ken” filled the warm afternoon air. Even tourists, who just minutes before were consumed with their Jet Skis, floating inner tubes and suntans, chimed in. Harmon heard the cheers, and the encouragement seemed to help. During a 20-mile swim of Lake Washington in Seattle, Harmon collapsed 7 hours into the swim. He didn’t allow that to happen Monday. With his ears feeding off the increasingly louder chants, Harmon cut through the last bit of choppy water, stood up in hip-deep water and stepped into the arms of his mother, then dozens of others. “I’m always the first to hug him,” Jean Harmon said. Ken Harmon shook the hands of several Danville area youth athletes before speaking to the media. It was these youth swimmers who were a contributing factor in inspiring Harmon to swim the length of Tahoe. As part of a fund-raising effort, Harmon attempted Monday’s swim to help raise $100,000 for a new community pool in Danville. He has already raised $20,000 and is hoping that setting the distance record in Tahoe will accelerate the donations. Just as fulfilling, though, was completing the longest swim of America’s largest Alpine lake. “I’m still numb to all of this,” Harmon said. “I was relaxed the whole day. I bet my heart beat never went over 120 beats per minute. That was the key for me. But I was absolutely lucky with the weather. I never really felt like I was pushing it too much. It was a long goal but I achieved it.” Documented Lake Tahoe swims — August 22, 2005: Ken Harmon, 45, swam from Camp Richardson to Hyatt Beach in Incline Village in 11 hours, 23 minutes, 5 seconds, logging a record distance of 22 miles. — August 15, 2005: Bruckner Chase, 39, swam from Camp Richardson to Kings Beach in 11 hours, 16 minutes, the fastest time ever for that course, which is 20.3 miles. — 2003: Kevin Murphy (route not known) and Laura Colette. Colette is the only person to swim the length of the lake twice, going from Camp Richardson to Kings Beach in the same summer. At 54, Murphy became the oldest person to swim the length of Lake Tahoe. According to soloswims.com, Murphy swam 22 miles. — 1963: Lenore Modell, 13, swam from Tahoe Keys to Kings Beach in 14 hours, 34 minutes, the youngest ever to do the swim. — 1962: Erline Christopherson, 16, swam from Baldwin Beach to Dollar Point in 13 hours, 17 minutes. — 1955: Fred Rogers, 29, swam from Kings Beach to Bijou in 19 hours, 6 minutes. — 1931: Myrtle Huddleston, 34, was the first to ever swim the length of the lake, going from Deadman’s Point to Tahoe City in 22 hours, 58 minutes. Listed swims are length of Lake Tahoe. Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune and Tahoe World newspapers.

Nine years later, murderer still at large

They were an unlikely group. Three men, two middle-aged, and one approaching his 70s, in a rented motor home. No one can be sure about how or why their journey began, but it ended with one man dead, one either so ridden with guilt or fear that he turned himself in, and another hunted by police. It was probably drugs that drew 43-year-old Terry Pappageorge into Paul Harmon’s web of influence. There were rumors that Harmon, 48, was involved in organized crime. After his disappearance, investigators found the remains of a methamphetamine lab on Harmon’s 39-acre ranch outside of Bakersfield. But John Fannon made an unlikely addition to the group. At 68, Fannon a resident of Winchester, a small rural town in northern Virginia, didn’t fit the image of a meth junkie. What kept him tied to Harmon isn’t clear. Douglas County Sheriff’s detectives would eventually painstaking piece together the moments of the three men’s deadly association in October of 1990. They probably didn’t plan to stop long in Lake Tahoe, but fate sometimes throws unexpected twists. When the motor home broke down in Strawberry, their plans changed. They rented a Cadillac and a cabin at Zephyr Cove Lodge to hold them over while they waited for repairs to be completed. What they did to pass the time is unknown. But one night in the cabin near the lake things went bad. A desk clerk later told investigators that Pappageorge was “acting nervous” that weekend. Fannon told investigators that Harmon, possibly angry over a drug debt, stabbed Pappageorge repeatedly until the Aurora, Colo. man was dead. No one heard the struggle and Fannon just stood by and watched. The coroner’s report stated Pappageorge suffered more than 20 stab wounds. After the heat of the moment was over, Harmon and Fannon were unsure of what to do with the body. They thought of several plans and discarded them, but in the process they left clues behind. They went to Glenbrook, possibly looking for a place to dump the body, and Fannon gave his name at the front gate. They bought a rubber raft, weights and an outboard motor at the Outdoorsman, now Longs Drugs, again Fannon’s name was used. All this took time. When the two men rented a U-Haul, and in the early morning hours of Oct. 14, loaded it with the raft, motor, weights, and Pappageorge’s body, it had been several days since the murder. Investigators said the plan was for Harmon to take the raft and body out from the Camp Richardson dock while Fannon rented a powerboat from the opposite side of the lake. Halfway out Harmon’s motor stalled, forcing him to paddle back to shore. He made another attempt, this time making it three-quarters of a mile off shore. It seemed simple. Harmon tied the weights to one of Pappageorge’s legs. He planned to cut the raft and let the body slip into the lake’s frigid waters. The evidence would be gone. But instead of the body, Harmon fell through the hole and in the process lost his glasses. After finally getting the body out, Harmon and Fannon made their escape to southeast shore of the lake in the rented powerboat. At the time no one at the marina found it strange that the boat went out with only one man and returned with two – one shivering and cold from an October dip in the lake. Later, when talking to investigators, they would remember and wonder. The two men’s activities didn’t go totally unnoticed. A fisherman noticed them speeding away from the raft and moved in to investigate. Pappageorge’s body, now bloated with gases, was floating face down near the craft. The weights had succeeded in only pulling one leg under. Harmon and Fannon got back in the motor home and drove to Carson City, leaving the vehicle across from a car lot. The Cadillac was found in the airport parking lot, where the two men abandoned it to take a flight to San Jose. Harmon’s trail dwindles at this point. His neighbors in Bakersfield never saw Harmon again after Oct. 18, four days after the body was discovered. Fannon surrendered, with a lawyer present, to federal agents in Reno a little more than a month later. At first he refused to talk to detectives, but eventually he turned state’s evidence on Harmon and pleaded to a reduced charge. Fannon served a short sentence, and investigators believe he is a free man and still living. Despite intensive investigation by Douglas County Sheriff’s detectives and the FBI, Harmon, now 56, is still at large and facing a warrant charging unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and murder.

Danville man to go for lake swim record

Ken Harmon is not new to the sport of open-water swimming. In fact, he has been crossing bodies of water for the better part of two decades. His resume of open water swims include the Donner Lake annual race every year since 1987; the 12 miles around Coronado Island in under five hours for a top-10 finish in the 25K National Open Water Championship in both 1994 and ’95; a handful of San Francisco Bay swims, including the Golden Gate to the Bay Bridge in 1 hour, 31 minutes; the 20-mile length of Lake Washington in Seattle; the 12-mile width of Lake Tahoe three different times, one of which he was the first person to cross solo during a sanctioned relay event; and the 10-mile Maui Channel from the island of Lanai to Maui. Even though Harmon knows what open-water distance swimming is all about, he’s going to try something that will take him into uncharted waters. According to Harmon, swimming the length of Lake Tahoe could be more difficult than many other open-water swims in the world. At 6,229 feet in elevation and between 45 and 70 degrees, Tahoe is quite an endeavor. Not to mention the fact that after Bruckner Chase’s record swim from Camp Richardson to Kings Beach last Monday, only eight people have officially done the swim. While Harmon is attempting this swim for charity, he admits that he would like to set a record. “We want to accomplish two things,” Harmon said after a training session at Donner Lake earlier this month. “We want to finish and get a lot of money for charity, but we also want to set a mark.” If Harmon finishes the swim in less than 11 hours, 16 minutes, he will not only record the fastest time swimming the length of the lake, at 45 years old he will be the oldest person to complete the swim. While all of these athletes’ endeavors are incredible and deserve recognition, Harmon says he hopes to beat the record. His course is really what sets him apart. Harmon went to the Coast Guard station and had them plot out the longest possible route across the lake. From Camp Richardson to Incline Village is 22 miles, and the longest straight line across the lake. “The only way to make it longer is to swim into Emerald Bay and back out again,” Harmon said. The reason Harmon is attempting this swim is to raise money for a community pool in Danville, where he lives. The 50-meter community pool will be built at Danville’s San Ramon Valley High School. Harmon’s water background was in water polo, and the Danville pool will benefit the local swimming community as well as the high school water polo programs. Harmon’s goal for the swim is to raise $100,000 for the pool. This may seem lofty, since so far he has received just over $5,000. However, Harmon is confident that he will get a lot of donations after he actually completes the swim, if he survives. On Monday, Aug. 22, look for a big guy swimming in the middle of the lake with his wife paddling a kayak next to him and two support boats trolling along behind. His long-time friend, training partner and three-time Olympic water polo player, Craig Klass, will swim with him for the first half hour of every hour. Harmon will depart from Camp Richardson between 5:30 and 6 a.m. and is shooting for 12 hours in the water, then joining the party crowd at the Hyatt in Incline Village. “If I’m sipping Patròn by 6 p.m. I’ll be happy,” Harmon said. Oh, and don’t look for a man with a wetsuit, that’s not what open water swimming is about. According to Harmon, open-water swimming is about the human body and nature, and testing the limits of one within the other. When asked if he did anything to keep his body fat up to help him stay warm and keep him afloat, Harmon just laughed. “I’m 45, I don’t have to do anything.” While Harmon felt good enough to go again after swimming two lengths of Donner Lake the day after competing in the annual Donner Lake swim, he was still hesitant. “I have to swim four of those and feel as good as I do now,” he said. Harmon’s wife Marcia, who supports him and feeds him from a kayak, was more confident. “You just have to have heart,” Marcia said, “and he’s got it.” For more information about Ken Harmon or to donate to his cause, visit http://www.swimfar.org. Mrytle Huddleson swam the length first in 1931 at age 34 from Deadman’s Point to Tahoe City in 22 hours and 53 minutes. Fred Rogers in 1955, at age 29, swam from Kings Beach to Bijou in 19:06. Erline Christopherson of Lodi was 16 in 1962 and swam from Baldwin Beach to Dollar Point in 13:17. Lenore Modell was the youngest at 13 years old in 1963 when she swam from Tahoe Keys to Kings Beach in 14:34. Laura Colette of San Francisco became the first to do a south-north (Camp Richardson to Kings Beach) and north-south swims in 2003 and English Channel phenom Ken Murphy also made a successful swim in 2003.