Meet Michael R Dougherty
A 3 year old moves to Alaska
Ok, I took my parents with me.
Hello, my name is Michael R Dougherty, but you can call me Mike.
In the picture above, you can see that I've grown a bit since first moving to Alaska when I was just 3 years old.
And now, after all the years I lived in Alaska, I have a treasure chest full of stories to tell about when I lived in the last frontier -
Keep reading this page and you'll discover a little about me, growing up in Alaska, how I became a storyteller and some of our travels in Alaska.
The year was 1950
When I was just 3 years old my family was living in Northern, California. One evening my dad (Ray Dougherty) came home and said "I think we should move to Alaska."
Well, my mom (Louise Dougherty), who was expecting our little brother Tom, must have been in a good mood because she said "why not?"
Then, after some fancy negotiating on my part, they agreed to take me with them.
So mom and dad packed up me, my sister Anna and we headed north... way north... north to Alaska.
In 1950 planes coming to Anchorage landed at Merrill Field.
When the door of the plane opened and we got our first glimpse of Alaska, my mother said she was so taken by the beauty of the land that from that moment on she referred to it as "my beautiful Alaska."
Our family first took up residence in a small apartment in Mountain View. From there we moved into a log cabin on Fairbanks street just a few blocks from Denali Elementary school which is where I attended first grade.
My father was a heavy equipment operator, so we moved around Alaska from time-to-time.
As a result, we lived in a 2 room log cabin, complete with an outhouse on a then 2 lane dirt "Goose Bay Road" just outside of Wasilla.
We also lived in a small log cabin in downtown Wasilla, back in the day when Teelands country store was the only store in town.
The cabin we lived in has since been put on display in the Wasilla Museum.
Our travels took us to Wasilla, Palmer, Nape Town (Sterling) on the Kenai Peninsula, Ninilchik (look it up), and as far away as Cordova on Prince William Sound, where one summer at 16 years of age I became a commercial fisherman.
Mike behind the camera
After living in Cordova, Alaska, we returned to Anchorage where I attended East Anchorage High School.
During my senior year at East in 1966, I was working on "The Varsity Show", a weekly live teen dance program hosted by Anchorage radio personality Ron Moore on KTVA Channel 11, the CBS affiliate in Anchorage.
Being part of The Varsity Show crew led me to a 30 career in television and motion picture production.
Mary and Mike
After being on The Varsity Show crew, I hung around long enough that KTVA offered me the honor of hosting The Varsity Show.
And while I was introducing all the latest songs for Anchorage teens to dance to, I met the lady who would become my wife.
The beautiful lady on the right is Mary, who was a staff dancer on The Varsity Show. Back then we referred to her as a "Go Go" dancer, complete with white boots and fun dance costumes.
Together, Mary and I created this wonderful, nostalgic website to preserve your memories of living in or visiting Alaska.
Now you know the whole story - well part of it anyway.
The best way to learn the whole story is to read the wonderful, fun and nostalgic stories sent to us by website visitors just like you.
Alaska humor speaker Michael R Dougherty takes you on a fun ride through a double dose of fun with his families Alaska adventures with his live show "Humorous Stories from ALASKA... and beyond".
You'll smile, you'll laugh and Mike's show is way less expensive than taking a cruise to Alaska.
"From the opening
line to the conclusion of “Sledding on Thin Ice,” Michael had us on
the edges of our seats. And, yes, Alaska was brought into our homes
(or shall I say, class)—in a way that we hadn’t
through Michael’s telling of his tales from the 49th state.
His presentation was funny, exciting, and held more than
a few surprises; it made us feel part of a childhood spent in rural
Alaska like only a native Alaskan can. For some reason, my Alaskan
cruise excursions—good as they were— didn’t convey the same
sense of excitement, wonder, resourcefulness, and adventure that came
across in Michael’s presentation. Great stuff. And we’re still
waiting to hear his story, "Dynamite and the Alaskan Outhouse!" Bill
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