Meet Mike and Mary

Meet Mike and Mary, and you'll quickly discover why they love preserving your Anchorage Memories on this nostalgic website in stories, photos, and video.

about mike and mary“We're happy you stopped by for a visit.”

Interesting stories, love Anchorage Memories.” Christine

I love looking at the photos you share.” Beth

Mary and our Children,

Nikki and Chris,

Enjoying Winter in Spenard

a frosty, winter day in Anchorage

Sledding, skiing, and ice skating are just a few of the winter activities we enjoyed in Anchorage.

Mike Behind the Camera

at KTVA Channel 11

in the McKinley Building

in Downtown Anchorage, 1965

mike behind the cameraMike went on to win an Emmy for his camera work

Mike's career in television and motion picture production all began when he became an intern working on Anchorage's teen TV dance program, The Varsity Show, on KTVA channel 11.

Mike and Mary

grew up in Anchorage

Meet Mike

First arriving in Anchorage from California in 1950 when he was just 3 years old, Mike grew up in and around Anchortown. His father helped clear land for construction all over Anchorage, and their entire family fell in love with Alaska. 

Meet Mary

Born and raised in Anchorage, Mary's Alaska roots are deep. Her mother first came to Anchorage from Point Possession, which is just across Cook Inlet from Anchorage. Mary's mom and dad both worked on the Alaska Railroad.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so grateful for this Anchorage Memories website”.


Mike and Mary both went to school in Anchorage, enjoyed movies at the 4th Avenue Theater, listened to “The Coke Show” (Mike worked on it with Ron Moore), and enjoyed burgers at the Arctic Roadrunner. Plus, both Mike and Mary are 1964, Good Friday earthquake survivors.

We're passionate about preserving your Anchorage Memories and providing you with easy access to the wonderful memories of other visitors to this website. Every day this website adds more stories, comments, pictures, and videos for you to enjoy.”

Nostalgic Anchorage Stories

When it comes to stories about growing up in and around Anchorage, Mary and Mike created this treasure chest of priceless memories to share with you.

And as you visit the pages of this website, you'll quickly discover that Mary and Mike continue to collect stories and comments from countless happy visitors to Anchorage Memories.

Meet Mike and Mary

we lived it

Mary, Nikki, and Chris

Enjoying Cook Inlet

mary, nikki and chris enjoy alaska sceneryPicnic with a spectacular view

Anchorage is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature. And like most Alaskans, Mike, Mary, and their children enjoyed the incredible scenery like the Cook Inlet view pictured above.

“Growing up and living in Anchorage is a special and unique experience that we've spent our lives explaining to the people we meet in the lower 48.

Alaska captivates them, and they delight in hearing our personal accounts of growing up in a unique place called Anchorage.”

Meet Mike and Mary

From how and why Anchorage got started back in 1915, and up through the 1970s, Mike and Mary put together this incredible wealth of wonderful memories.

The beautiful sight of the Northern Lights, dancing at night, in the sky over the city. The surrounding majestic snow capped mountains and memories to cherish for a lifetime. You can visit this website anytime you need a gentle reminder of those Anchorage Memories.

You'll find it all here in stories, comments, pictures, and video.

And Mike and Mary are delighted to hear from website visitors like you.

Do you have a comment, suggestion, or maybe you just want to say, “Hey, did you know I'm from Anchorage too?” It's so easy to Contact Us.

Mike and Mary are Author's

Did you know that Mike and Mary are also Alaska authors?

That's right.

You'll discover some of their e-books right here on Anchorage Memories.

Mary wrote about her adventure of joining Anchorage teens at the Westward Hotel to see if she could get a glimpse of the Beatles during the group's brief stay in Anchorage. And her e-book “Face-to-Face with John Lennon” has a surprise ending.

And Mary tells you her incredible story about where she was and how she got through that day on March 27, 1964. You'll discover her fascinating e-book here on Anchorage Memories. “Great Alaskan Earthquake Survivor.”

Mike has numerous e-books you can read as well.

You'll discover a fond look at Anchorage's favorite movie theatre in Mike's e-book, “4th Avenue Theatre Memories”. It's an instant download.

Do you remember Anchorage's teen TV dance show? You'll enjoy all the great memories in this free e-book, The Varsity Show with a foreword by popular Anchorage radio personality Ron Moore.

These are just a few of the fun and nostalgic e-books written by Mike and Mary that you'll discover here on Anchorage Memories.


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Be sure to see what each BONUS has in store for you. You'll be delighted.

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