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Kathryn Mackenzie

Managing Editor

Kathryn has been a writer since she was able to put pencil to paper. Over the years she developed her editing skills too and now spends most of her time putting those special final touches on the already wonderful work of the Alaska Business team of talented writers. Kathryn is also a social media aficionado and has worked as social media manager for several organizations. During her down time, she enjoys watching movies, dancing, and playing video games. A native Northern Californian, Kathryn studied at San Francisco State University majoring in journalism with a minor in magazine writing. She has spent more than two decades writing and editing about commodities markets, finance, and healthcare. A favorite hobby is to move to cities she’s never visited. Sometimes it works out (Anchorage and Montreal) and sometimes it doesn’t (cities to be remain unnamed). Kathryn’s favorite things about Alaska are the wildlife and winter weather.

Alaska Business Magazine January 2020 cover

In This Issue

The Marx Bros. Café

January 2020

Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.