Saturday, October 18, 2014


In this morning’s The Writer’s Almanac I read that on this day in 1867, the U.S. took possession of Alaska – this is Alaska Day. The purchase from Russia certainly has paid off: in gold, in oil, in fish, in territory. It has also paid off in the form of “TV Alaska”.

It seems to be another gold mine. The National Geographic shows include Wild Alaska, Dr. Oakley-Yukon Vet, and the ever popular Alaska State Troopers. (Are you too a member of the Howie Peterson Fan Club?) The Smithsonian gets in on the act with various nature documentaries and one-offs like Aerial America: Alaska.
To name just a few of the shows on the Discovery Channels, there are Life Below Zero, Railroad Alaska, Flying Wild Alaska, Buying Alaska, Gold Rush, Bering Sea Gold, Alaska Marshals, Yukon Men, Alaska: The Last Frontier, and the one that probably started the rush to Alaska: Deadliest Catch. If you haven’t seen at least one of those crabby episodes you must be living under a rock. I wonder if the Discovery Channel has a permanent office up there in Alaska.

Alaska – are you sick of seeing that word?  Here’s the antidote:

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