Category Archives: Alaska

Stolen Valor

There has been a lot in the news lately about celebrities and politicians who inflated their participation in combat.  Others, who were never in the military,  passed themselves off as veterans. This has been called “Stolen Valor.” But in a … Continue reading

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Breaking Up (in Alaska) is hard to do

In Alaska, when we lived there,  the end of winter was known as “breakup.”  Now in some minds that might mean the thawing of the state’s rivers.  In fact the thawing of the Yukon was a major event, which often … Continue reading

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Sliding on the Ice II

In 2007 we returned to a very different Alaska than the one we had left 30 years earlier.  In many ways, Anchorage had the same old small town feeling, but now it was a large city with much more traffic. … Continue reading

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Sliding on the Ice

Following Thailand, we moved to Anchorage Alaska, where we lived from 1974-1978, and where I flew air defense missions intercepting Soviet aircraft off the coast. Alaska was a wonderful assignment for many reasons:  the flying was magnificent, the people were … Continue reading

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Alaska and Earthquakes

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the great 1964 earthquake that hit Anchorage, Alaska. Many folks in Anchorage called it the Good Friday Quake because it hit the city on March 27,  1964. It lasted three minutes and was the … Continue reading

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