Anchorage Stories

Wonderful memories in Anchorage Stories about places, people and the good times you remember.


Anchorage Stories

These fun stories will bring back a flood of wonderful memories from days gone by.

Enjoy the good times.





Norma Goodman StoryThe First Lady of Anchorage Television

Do you remember watching Norma Goodman on Anchorage TV?

Were you a guest on her show “Hostess House”, later renamed after the lady herself, “The Norma Goodman Show”?

Anchorage Memories caught up with Norma's family, so now you can discover these fun facts about Anchorage's First Lady of Anchorage Television.


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Book Cache MemoriesWhat are your favorite Book Cache Memories?

Anchorage Stories remembers that this store got its start in a tiny space inside a local museum.

Remember those fun days with a good book inside these iconic stores that hold such fond memories.


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Pacesetters MemoriesDid you attend the dances and concerts?

Do you remember those fun dances, the local bands and the concerts featuring groups with national hits?

Betty Poeschel of Betty's Record Den and Pacesetters, sat down with Anchorage Memories and you get to enjoy her memories.

From the first time Pacesetters got together, to helping a local band record a hit record.


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Betty's Record Den

Betty Poeschel of Betty's Record Den remembers her shop as a fun hang out for teens from Anchorage and all over Alaska.

Did you ever open the green door and enter the world of Betty's Record Den? Join the fun and remember when with Betty.


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Lucky Wishbone StoryDo you know how it all got started?

There was a start-up restaurant in Tucson whose take-out operation (though not their food) Dad really liked; it was called the Lucky Wishbone.

Eight months later, a new Lucky Wishbone was born in Anchorage, Alaska, a similar take-out arrangement, but very different menu.


Dad, then a labor foreman and a partner, Sven Jonasson, built the new restaurant almost entirely themselves, evenings and weekends, while Mom worked at the A&W.

“Great true Alaskan story” Roger


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A Penney's Worth of MushLeggs Leino and the Hustlia Hustler

Soon we could hear people shouting in the distance, and everyone knew it was a Musher. No, two Mushers were battling for position.

In 1969, JC Penney's in Anchorage, Alaska sponsored sled dog racing favorite George Attla, “the Huslia Hustler” in his bid to win that year's Fur Rendezvous sled dog race championship… Author Marci Peterson was there.


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Anchorage Film Maker George PendletonThe story of a dedicated Anchorage filmmaker.

Bob bought his first camera from Stewart's Photo in downtown Anchorage. He was a self-taught photographer who learned his creative trade while working at Stewart's.

Anchorage, Alaska filmmaker Bob Pendleton made the documentary “Tayaru” and was part of the team that made the movie “Sourdough”.

Cindy Pendleton tells us about how Bob came to Alaska, his passion for filmmaking and how he helped bring two now classic Alaska films to the screen.


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Drive-In LionsMeet two Anchorage icons - Princess and Timbo

The lions' caregiver had a station wagon that had bars on the windows, and he would take Princess for rides. She was also in a 4th of July parade in the car driven by Art.  

If Princess thought that her ride was not long enough she would refuse to get out of the car – spoiled Princess that she was.

Timbo NEVER wanted to go in the car.  He would put his nose in the air as if that was beneath his grand stature!


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Anchorage stories of people, places, and events that we remember.

Brought to life in stories that take us back to memories we cherish. Some of those memories may have been long forgotten.

While you read these stories, your imagination will transport you back to those good times that you may have forgotten.

And you may even learn something about Anchorage that you didn't know before.

Do you have an Anchorage story that you would like to share?

Just contact Mike and Mary, and they will be happy to help you get your story placed here on Anchorage Memories.

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