Anchorage Alaska Videos

These Anchorage Alaska Videos tell heart-warming stories of the way we were. You might see you!

What happens when Petula Clark sings her 1965 hit song “Downtown” while you watch as people on and around 4th Avenue deal with all that snow?

Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Did You "Walk for Hope"?

Have you ever done the “Walk for Hope”?

In this 1970s video, you'll follow the walkers from the moment they sign in to start the walk, until, with aching muscles and feet, they reach the finish line.

Watch the video, and you might see yourself, friends or family.

You'll also enjoy the hit song “A Fifth of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band.

Remember the clothing and hair-styles of the 70s?

These Anchorage Alaska videos are full of memories.


Did You go to This Park?


Do you remember the Valley of the Moon park?

Our family called it the “Rocket Ship” park, and our children loved going there to play.

An Anchorage favorite, this special place was a wonderful adventure for children of all ages.

In this video, children enjoy a sunny day at the park. You'll also see several scenes taken at Nulbay park.

And you'll love the song, “Return to Pooh Corner” by Kenny Loggins.

The video above is a cherished memory of those happy times.


Remember Listening to Marcus in the Morning?

Did you know that Marcus starred in a movie?

Shot in and around Anchorage, the movie also stars Anchorage favorites including Herb Shaindlin, Chuck Talsky, Dean Berg and Anchorage model Michelle Hilton.

Get Ready for Break Up

Oh, the joys of Spring “breakup”

Slushy, muddy, water-filled streets with countless new potholes make driving and walking a challenge.

If you no longer live in Anchorage, watch this video. We guarantee this will remind you of those happy days when the ice and snow began to melt. But the slush and water created road hazards that made your car dirty, and turned walking into a risky business.

And the only thing that kept you going was that after “breakup”, warmer, greener days were just around the corner,

And that meant camping, fishing, and other Alaskan summer activities.

In this video, you'll also enjoy the song “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” by Neil Sedaka.

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How the Double Musky Inn Got Its Start

Have you ever been to the Double Musky Inn?

It's an Alaskan treasure. And the story of how it all came to be is a funny adventure that could only happen in the 49th state.

Yes, a stick of dynamite had something to do with how this now world-famous restaurant came about.

In this short video, Mike will introduce you to the characters in this fun story and tell you what happened when a man named Julian lit that dynamite fuse.

Have you ever seen it raining wood chips and splinters?

Are you ready to smile? You'll enjoy this Alaskan adventure.

Discover how it all began.


Fur Rendezvous, 1959

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See how Anchortown celebrated Fur Rondy in the late 1950s.

Remember how we all looked? Remember how Anchorage looked.

Our town was a truly special place, and the Fur Rendezvous was a long awaited, happy time for community fun that holds a dear place in our hearts.

What were your favorite things to do during the Rondy?

Watch this video and remember when.

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Rondy 1964

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This super 8 home movie takes you to the Fur Rendezvous in the 1960s.

Were you there?

Remember the carnival, the sled dog races, food, and fun? Rondy meant school was out, so we could enjoy the festivities.

Maybe you'll see yourself in the video. Or your friends or family.

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Michael Landon Rondys with Anchorage

Remember when actor Michael Landon (“Little Joe”) on the TV show Bonanza was the Grand Marshall in the 1965 Rondy parade?

Word has it that the ladies lined the parade route to catch a glimpse of Michael Landon as he rode by.

Mr. Landon had just flown in from sunny and warm Hollywood, California, and was plenty cold as he sat in the saddle and rode through town. Yes, those were the days.

Were you there? You might see yourself in this fun look at 1965.

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Great Fun in 1965

The 1965 sled dog races, blanket toss and actor Michael Landon from the TV show “Bonanza” brought Anchorage lots of fun.

The action in the film gets close as it follows several dog teams around a sharp turn as they race out of town. It's up-close with the World Championship sled dog races.

A Fur Rendezvous favorite.

And you'll see 1965 Anchorage.

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Now, Turn Up the Sound

Remember how radio sounded in our town, back in the 1970s?

Meet two of Anchorage's top 40 DJs and watch them do their radio shows while you listen to all the fun music from back in the day.

Mr. Whitekeys does the introduction and the interviews.

Shot and edited for KAKM channel 7 by Michael R Dougherty and engineered by Joe Gill.

Let the toe tappin' music in this video capture your heart.


Remember the Heartbeats Band?

Do you remember dancing to all the bands at the Pacesetters dances throughout our town?

Who were your favorite local bands?

One of those bands was known as The Pulsating Heartbeats. And they came up with an original song that became a local and regional hit.

Do you remember hearing their recording of the song, “Anne” when popular Anchorage radio personality Ron Moore played it on the Coke Show?

Great times for Anchorage teens.

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You can enjoy the story of the Heartbeats.



Theda Comstock's, Theme Song

Remember watching “The Woman's Touch” hosted by Theda Comstock?

Click on the following video to hear her TV show's theme song.

By the way, the song is “Toy Parade”.

The Varsity Show

Did you dance on KTVA channel 11's Varsity Show, watch the show at home, or were you part of The Varsity Show crew?

The Varsity Show was Anchorage's version of the popular teen dance show, American Bandstand with Dick Clark.

Every Saturday afternoon during the school year, Anchorage teen danced to the latest hit songs from the KTVA channel 11 studios in the McKinley building downtown. Then, following the 1964 earthquake, teens danced in the TV studios in Spenard.

Watch this video and see the story of Anchorage Memories author, Mary J Dougherty, an Anchorage teen who joined The Varsity Show as a “Go Go Girl” and was one of the stars in the show's commercials.


Can You Name those Fries?

Do you remember those tasty fries at A&W Drive-In?

Get ready to remember when.

What was Missing?

Remember the 4th Avenue Theatre?

It was our movie palace.

But something was missing when it first opened. Do you know what it was?

First Beatles Records in Anchorage

Do you remember when you first heard the Beatles on Anchorage radio?

They were an instant hit.

But there were no Beatles records in local record shops.

How did our town finally get those fun Beatles records?

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Remember the Loussac Library Downtown?

Do you remember going to the Loussac Library downtown?

It was a wonderful place.

Anchorage Alaska Videos include this look at pioneer Z.J. Loussac.

Meet a Real Anchorage Character

Yes, Spenard Road, the lake, and the town all bear the name of a very colorful character.

Meet Anchorage pioneer Joe Spenard.

He Brought Fresh Flowers to Anchorage

Meet Anchorage pioneer John B. Bagoy and discover how he was able to bring fresh flowers to happy Anchorage residents.

She was the Principal for the First School in Anchorage

Yes, Orah Dee Clark Middle School got its name from this remarkable Anchorage pioneer.

She first came to Anchorage when it was still just a tent city, to be the Supervisor and a teacher in the first school, now known as the Pioneer School building.

The Power of

Nostalgic Film and Video


Because of today's collections of film and video, you can see what Anchorage was like in days gone by, and you can see what it looks like today.

And you can enjoy seeing the precious events and times that are so dear to your heart.

Yes, the film and video you see here on Anchorage Memories makes your nostalgic journey even more enjoyable.

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