Meet Mary -
In 1952 the average price of bread was just .16 cents
Going to see a movie cost $.54. The average price of gas was $.27 a gallon.
1952 was the year I was born in Anchorage, when Alaska was still a territory.
My father was Greek, worked on and retired from the Alaska Railroad where he met my mother, who was born at the Athapascan Indian Village at Point Possession, across Cook Inlet from Anchorage. My mother was half Athapascan and half Swedish.
Growing up in Anchorage with 7 older siblings was quite adventurous, as was living in Alaska with the snow and cold.
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We spent our summers at Point Possession at my mothers commercial fishing sight.
That is where I learned my love of nature, land and people. My mother was a great story teller about the life and times at our fishing village. Even our grade school, Denali Elementary, was named after the Den'ai Athapascan Indians.
Our time of flying kites, bike riding and walking downtown to our favorite movie palace, The Fourth Avenue Theater, was a special time with my family and friends. I'm sure I got my love of riding trains from my father and my love of going to the movies from my mother. (being Swedish like Greta Garbo, I suppose)
I Graduated from East Anchorage High on June 1st, 1970 and married my husband Mike , after dating for 3 years, on June 7th , 1970.
Mike and I met at the local television station KTVA when he was hosting a live teen dance program called "The Varsity Show" and I was one of the staff dancers.
In 1973 we had our first child, our daughter Nikki. In 1976 our son Christopher. And when they got married they each gave us granddaughters to play with and to watch as they grew up.
During the 1970's, Mike worked hard on his television career as I worked hard on raising our children. In the 1980's Mike's career took us to the east coast and eventually to the west coast, California where we live now.
My dream of becoming a background actor in movies and television came true in 1994. I owe it all to my mother and family for all the many, many times we went to the movies in Anchorage.
Reading to our children and granddaughters was always a great pastime for us. We spent a lot of time at the libraries. Our family pet, when the children were growing up, was named Snoopy.
I had a lot of nicknames for him and one was, Snoopy, Professor of Bones. That prompted me to write my stories "The Mis-Adventures of Trouser Bowser Professor of Bones." Further more, being raised in Anchorage, I had many adventures including the horrific 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake and the unexpected visit of the legendary band, the Beatles.
My interests are varied from writing and fashions to organizing. Most of all, being a friend to my family and helping folks.
Well, the price of bread and gas and going to the movies may have gone up, but for me, as a writer, purchasing a pack of pencils and a new ream of paper, I guess theirs always money in the piggy bank for that.
I love writing stories about Anchorage and I look forward to reading your Anchorage stories too.
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