Tag Archives: alaska

The War Is Not Over

President Eisenhower had prevented the USA from becoming involved in the Vietnamese civil war. He was a military man who understood that the military-industrial complex was only interested in profits as well as the logistic strain of transporting troops and weapons halfway around the world to fight support the despised Diem dictatorship. Unfortunately after the […]

A Walk In The Douglas Forest

Douglas, Alaska lies across the Gastineau Channel from Juneau underneath Mt. Douglas. Originally a staging ground of the Auke and Taru people for battles against rival tribes, the Treadwell and Douglas townships served the miners of the Juneau gold fields. The population grew to 1722 at the turn of the 20th Century. An explosion ripped […]

Steve McQueen Wanted Dead Or Alive

Steve McQueen achieved national recognition for his role as Josh Randall in the TV western WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE. The King of Cool parlayed his anti-hero persona in this series to win a lead in THE GREAT ESCAPE, which catapulted his name into the bright lights of Hollywood. His portrayal of a rebel sold well […]

Ever So Lonely

< p>On a flight back to the States in 2008 the China Airlines’ 747 stopped in Anchorage, Alaska. Two middle-aged men stood in line for passport control. They were wearing shorts and smiles. The older returnee from Paradise, an overweight teamster, said, “That was the best vacation of my life. I don’t want it to […]

Rehab In Juneau

I was having too good a time at the 169 in Chinatown. Work was light and I was falling deeper into debt. I received a phone call from Alaska offering a jewelry job. I accepted without thinking and flew four time zones west and north to the Land of The Midnight Sun. I should have […]