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.

kodiak-clint-walkerOfficer 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 alsoKodiak TV Series – Promo @ You Tube


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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