The nickname of a very tall, burly member of Alaska’s State Patrol who patrolled some 50,000 square miles of rugged territory on the police drama KODIAK/ABC/1974.
Officer Cal “Kodiak” McKay (Clint Walker) earned his nickname because his size (6′ 8″) reminded the local residents/Eskimos of the great Kodiak bear that roamed the ice fields of the North.
An Eskimo named Abraham Lincoln Imhook (Abner Biberman) accompanied Kodiak as he patrolled the Alaska backcountry in his four-wheel drive truck and snowmobile in pursuit of desperate killers and other violators of the law. Mandy (Margaret Blye) was the police radio dispatcher for the Alaskan State Patrol.
Note: Clint Walker was quoted, as saying, “I came up with the name (Kodiak) because I thought it sounded Alaskan. Besides, I like short names.”
See also – Kodiak TV Series – Promo @ You Tube