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Mary remembers the
first time she ate
Mexican food was at
one of Anchorage's
The soft spoken sergeant
claimed to set a record
for driving to the top
of Site Summit.
I knew I could top it.
Dad had secured
a space at
Alaskan Village Trailer Court
in Anchorage, Alaska.
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This fun music video
follows the Anchorage walkers
in the 1976 Walk for Hope.
Take a look and see
if you can spot your friends...
Remember being in
downtown Anchorage and
hearing the paper boys
singing "get your Anchorage
Get your Anchorage
The park, located at
610 W. 17th Avenue
was named for
Sonoma Valley in
California. The place
"Call of the Wild"
writer, Jack London
lived in his later years.
As a youngster growing
up in Anchorage I can
remember walking by
the cute downtown
Visitor's Log Cabin
by City Hall.
Back when the
restaurant was just a
trailer, my brothers and
sister and I drove up
to the drive thru
and placed our order
for Alaskan Banquet
hamburgers and sodas.
When I sat down on
my sled and took off
down the hill
I was going so fast it
was almost scary.
But what a ride.
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The door opened and
we all shouted,
"Trick or Treat!"
A very grumpy person
"Go home kids, Halloween
And with that the
slammed the door.
After the ice melted
and outside temperatures
soared into the 70s,
we could dig our
bathing suits out of
the deep recesses of
our closet and head out
for an afternoon of
lakeside beach fun
on the sandy shores of
Goose Lake to
work on our tans.
Another cold morning
meant all the newly formed
puddles and wet sidewalks
were frozen over again.
Just about every spring
break up, my family and
friends and I would
hatch this great plan.
Ice skate to school!
I just stared at the
loud speaker and then
I began to pray.
I heard my fellow
classmates moan and cry.
And that's when we saw
our teacher with
tears in her eyes
leave the class room.
are dedicated to their
customers and do their
best to deliver the papers
on time and in
But some don't.
As I sat on the bleachers
I saw my old classmates
from Central on the
opposite side of the
gymnasium. So I
cheered on the
And ever so quietly
I cheered on
the Central Husky's.
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Am I a Husky or a Ram?
"Yay!" The crowd goes wild. Depending upon what side of the bleachers you sat on. Were you the side that was saying Yay? Was it your Junior High …
"Race to the Summit"
It’s not often a person takes the mundane job of washing dishes and writes about it. My 6-month dish washing stint was much different than scrubbing …
Village in the City
The serenity of living in a rural Alaska village is something I’d love to experience. It seems a subsistence lifestyle has distinct advantages. Hunting …
Break Up in Anchorage - A Music Video
After a long, dark winter of cold, snow and ice, when Alaska starts to enjoy more daylight and warmer temperatures begin to melt away those winter blues …
The 1976 Walk for Hope Music Video
On the first Saturday in May, back in 1970, 4,500 Anchorage residents raised $137,000 dollars for what was then called "Hope Cottage." And, back in …
Ice Skate to Denali Elementary School?
It was Monday morning, again. Spring time in Anchorage and we had more daylight. However, that's not all we had. We had another cold morning. …
My Anchorage Newspaper Route
Remember being in downtown Anchorage and hearing the paper boys singing "get your Anchorage Times newspaper. Get your Anchorage Times newspaper." As …
Valley of the Moon Park
In the spring of 1974 on a warm Saturday in Anchorage, my husband Mike and I took our daughter Nikki for her first visit to "Valley of the Moon Park." …
Anchorage's Log Cabin
As a youngster growing up in Anchorage I can remember walking by the cute downtown Visitor's Log Cabin by City Hall. The log cabin is located on 4th …
Go Home Kids - Halloween is Tomorrow
Back in second grade in Anchorage in the late fifties my brothers and sister and I put on our Halloween costumes. We had several to choose from. Because …
Moose Meat John
In 1949 I got on O'Hara bus lines in Mt.View. I was going to the Empress Theater on 4th. Avenue. At the next stop a bearded man got on and sat down …
Summers at Goose Lake
After a long, cold Alaska winter, summer was always a welcome time of the year for me. No more heavy boots, gloves, or cold weather coats. And after …
Modern, loved art, fashionista, our First Lady. "Vive Jacqueline!" Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961 made a huge impression on me and especially her trip with …
The Day My Teacher Cried
Our teacher stood up from her desk with tears in her eyes and said,"Excuse me, I need to get a drink of water." We all sat at our desks stunned and scared …
My Beautiful Alaska
When the door of the plane was finally opened, I saw Anchorage and the surrounding mountains for the first time. It was the most beautiful sight I had …
My Green Double Bladed Ice Skates
I would glid on the ice, skating as fast as I wanted and feeling that crisp Anchorage Alaska winter air on my face while the wind was blowing my hair. …
Gilman's Bakery - Got Any Free Donuts Today?
Our family lived on 2nd and Cordova in Anchorage Alaska back in the 1950's and my brother's and sister's and I had to walk to school. Our grade school …
"Anchorage School Daze"
There they sat, five lunch bags on the kitchen counter. Each one had a name written on it. I found mine written in pencil, "Mary", it was written by …
Satan Invented Snow Suits
The suite that no one wants to wear - Anchorage Alaska kids know about snow suits. Have you seen the classic holiday movie "A Christmas Story" about …
Anchorage Daily News Paper Sales
Back in 1948 and 49 I sold news papers at 4th. and C st. In Anchorage. There was a bar on that corner. I would always get paid more than the paper was …
My Favorite Sledding Hill
You jump on your sled and you start flying down the snowy hill - the faster, the better. The wind rushes past your cold face as the runners on your …
The Ship Creek Adventure
It was slippery from creek water splashing over it and suddenly my boot slid right off the log I was using as a bridge... When I was 12 and 13 years …
Skipping School at Dimond
(To be sung to the tune of "KODACHROME") When I think back on all the stuff I did in High School Its a wonder I'm not still in Jail. The last …
Midnight at High Noon
Imagine being just six years old and having your world turned upside down. Our family was living in a log home on Fairbanks street near downtown Anchorage, …
Ancient Anchorage memories. Not rated yet
After the Korean war my dad got assigned to Fort Richardson and claims he pulled the first house trailer over the Alaskan Highway. He got out of the …
Woolworth's Grand Opening Not rated yet
My entire family went to Woolworth's Grand Opening in Anchorage when I was in grade school. That was back in the 60's. Woolworth's was just a few …
Anchorage Newspapers Sold Twice? Not rated yet
Back in 1950 I sold Anchorage Daily News on the corner of 4th and C. Ten feet from the bar door. Most of my customers payed more than I was selling …
It was Snowing My Anchorage Newspaper Not rated yet
Have you ever caught someone doing something they shouldn't be doing? When I was 14 years old, I delivered newspapers door-to-door on my route in Anchorage. …
Downtown Anchorage a Record Snowfall Not rated yet
One of the beautiful sites we enjoy during winter in Alaska is when big snowflakes float down from the sky, covering the Great Land with a fresh, clean …
The Frozen Christmas Tree Lot Not rated yet
As we parked our car in the Anchorage tree lot, we both started whining about having to leave the warmth of our car for the wind swept, freeze to death …
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For Mary and I, while we no longer call Anchorage home, the town and all those wonderful memories of growing up there will forever be in our hearts.
Living in Alaska's largest city gave us a different perspective on our world.
We grew up in a magnificent land where we were close to nature, where our local TV weather reports always included how many minutes and seconds of daylight we had either lost or gained on that day. And where most of the supplies for living had to either be flown in, trucked in or brought in by boat.
We grew up in Anchorage, where you didn't keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator because our drinking water came right out fresh and ice cold right out of the kitchen faucet.
We grew up in Anchorage, where a billion stars filled each clear night sky and where more daylight hours made summer days long, and where winter nights were long and cold.
We grew up in Anchorage, where on summer days we went swimming at Goose Lake, and on winter weekends we went skiing at Mt. Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.
Over the years, Mary and I have relived our years of growing up in Alaska and raising our family in Anchorage. And those Anchorage Alaska stories are dear to our hearts.
Our children (now grown) also have lots of great memories from the many years they spent in the great land. And so with that in mind, we created this special place where those wonderful memories will be not only preserved, but shared with others.
Living in Alaska as we did, it's funny how living in Alaska and in Anchorage give you a different view of America and the rest of the world. I'm not even sure that it's easy for some Alaskans to put their feelings into words.
As an Alaskan, and living in Anchorage, you're part of a very special place here on planet earth. You're part of an incredible place where nature is still in charge, where nature is respected, admired and held in awe.
Growing up in Anchorage, isn't like growing up anywhere else on earth.
And while many of the stories you'll enjoy here on Anchorage Memories could have taken place anywhere else, a lot of the stories could have only been experienced in Alaska.
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