There was a time when air travel was the cat’s meow for business and professional connection.
If the work of the Iditarod Trail Committee were limited to simply staging the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, it could be accomplished in roughly four and a half months of dedicated work by a crew of about five full-time staff, five independent contractors, and scads of volunteers to make Alaska’s own Superbowl-class sporting event, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a success.
Less than fifty years ago the American view of the world, brought to us by National Geographic magazine, included exotic faraway places with exotic people living lives very differently. I treasured reading each issue, old or not, to learn and understand about these places and people.
The past thirty years witnessed Alaska’s economic growth through climbing and falling oil prices, growing pains of Alaska Native corporation prosperity, and a position in global logistics eyed by not only businesses but also the US military.