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This is one of my favorite editorial pictures.  His name is “Has No Horses,” or, in the parlance of our era, “poor boy.” He was part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in about 1910 so he was probably making … Continue reading

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Nine miles Southeast of Skwentna and 59 miles north of Tyonek – and, yes, these are actual Alaskan communities – is Bulchitna Lake. And, yes, that is the actual name of the lake. Legend has it a homesteader used the … Continue reading

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Once upon a time, in a city far away, a tire dealer had a special understanding with a highly-placed person in city-government. Everyone knew of the freebee but no one could do anything about it because, well, you know, the … Continue reading

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Sadly, President Trump has killed a time-honored Alaskan institution: fake news. The REAL fake news. In the ‘good old days,’ tourists came to Alaska believing the most outlandish tales. It’s not surprising that many Outsiders believe we have six months … Continue reading

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On July 22, 1916, San Francisco held a Preparedness Day Parade to show its readiness for World War I.  Just as the parade started, a bomb went off and wiped out a contingent of the marchers.  San Francisco was in … Continue reading

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A century ago, this was a good job! Every era has its “good jobs” and those you “just have to take.” Over the next ten years, AI, Artificial Intelligence, will be the reason for hundreds of thousands of jobs disappearing. … Continue reading

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This is the Culebra Cut during construction of the Panama Canal. The United States Army Corps of Engineers was having a terrible time during construction because the ground where the canal was being built was unstable.  It had been a … Continue reading

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Being an off the wall thinker means you come up with novel solution to everyday situations. It does not matter if the solution is high tech or low tech, only that it works. In the 1870s, famous German professor Rudolph … Continue reading

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History is not the story of the past; it is the study of the future. Unless you live on the East Coast, you will NOT have any idea what this is. In the days after whale oil and before diesel, … Continue reading

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Courtesy of the Alaska Gold Rush, we have two Alaskan terms in common usage – and in the dictionary. One is cheechako, generally translated as “tenderfoot.”  Except if you’re an Alaskan.  In Alaska, a cheechako is someone who has not … Continue reading

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