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Alaska officially became the 49th state in 1959, before that it was a territory, a wild place, the Last Frontier, and the men and women who lived there prior to statehood are the main characters of Sourdough Starter. Their unique stories and adventures are a window into a world of everyday experiences seldom told until now. If you are curious about life in the Last Frontier, this is the book for you. These stories are transcribed from interviews with 27 men and woman from all walks of life, native and non-native, that were published in the states largest newspaper, the "Anchorage Daily News". Sourdough Starter is the kind of book you have always been looking for. It's like sitting at the kitchen table, having a cup of coffee or tea, with the men and women of Alaska personally telling you their stories. It's about genuine lives, true stories, and actual people, sharing with you, how life was and is in the 49th state.
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The author of Sourdough Starter dreamed about coming to Alaska since his childhood years in Ohio during the sixties and seventies. It took him nearly half of his life and travels half way around the world to realize those early dreams. After failing to make an Olympic bid in wrestling, due to an injury, he left college and joined the Army. He served two and a half years in Germany as a Medic and then returned to Ohio. He got married became a father of two girls and ended up becoming a single parent. He worked as a surveillance/probation officer for the Juvenile Court system then went back to school to become a broadcast journalist. His estranged wife re-entered his life and disappeared with his two daughters. After several unsuccessful years searching for his daughters and a near mental breakdown, he remarried and decided to move to Alaska. After four years of false starts, relocation to North Carolina, and other life challenges, he was hired to be a News Director at a Public Radio station in a small Alaskan town. There, he was introduced to Alaskan life, and produced over 400 stories his first year allowing him to meet many interesting characters. He then went on to write for a local newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News and contributed to other publications. He created his own audio production company, "Insight Passage Productions" and produced 2 audio CDs featuring real Alaskans telling their own stories. The author carved out his own niche in the wilderness and with a machete, chainsaw, and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, he built a homestead and lived the pioneer life he dreamed of when he was a child.
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