I have had the great good fortune to have visited Alaska five times (and counting). So, of course, I have gone halibut fishing every time since us Lower 48-ers rarely get the chance. I really enjoy getting Alaska magazine because it reminds me of my trips there and gives me new ideas for things I can do on my next visit. So while I love the piece Nick Jans does in each issue, I have to call him out. That ain’t no 80-pound halibut. C’mon Nick: you are so busted.
—Jim Menegazzi / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(Jim pictured with a 68-pound halibut)
Positive About Bears
Kudos to Nick Jans for his October 2011 article “The Wrong Bear” (Page 8). I came to Alaska terrified of bears. That fear has become fascination, and last summer I had the privilege of working with captive grizzlies at Fortress of the Bear in Sitka, where one of our goals is to educate people about bears and how best to coexist with them—an education that is sorely needed. These are not killing machines, but highly intelligent, very emotional and sociable animals that are not deserving of their vicious reputation. Thanks for helping to spread that message by publishing such an important article!
—Chris Nunnally / Sitka
In the November 2011 issue, Mr. Whitekeys mentioned Paducah in comparing how un-normal Alaska is to the rest of the country. While I have no idea how Mr. Whitekeys knew about my hometown of Paducah, Kentucky (there is one other Paducah in Texas), I’ll admit he’s right. I grew up there and was never once late because I was washing an eagle.
Though, I’d have to argue with Mr. Whitekeys, too–there’s nothing normal about Paducah either, it’s halfway between Possum’s Trot and Monkey’s Eyebrow!
—Rachel Gearhart / Juneau, Alaska
Rachel, you gave us a good laugh. Thank you.—Editor
I just read my April copy of Alaska magazine and was shocked at the letter from Lennart Ohlde from Canada.
He says that he is disappointed in the content of the magazine.
Well, I am thrilled with your magazine. I think it is much better than it used to be.
I will always be a BIG fan of yours.
Keep up the good work telling all about the GREAT LAND.
—Rodney Dalhouse / New Bern, North Carolina
I just finished your April 2012 issue and loved everything about it. In the letter section, I felt very bad that Lennart Ohlde of Canada was disappointed with your magazine. However, I was impressed by your answer.
I lived in Anchorage from 1970 through 1990. Had my own business and was very involved with the Anchorage Bucs—raised my children there and enjoyed every minute I was blessed to be in such a great state.
Your magazine helps to keep me connected. I don’t think there is a better place in the world to live, and its beauty and majesty can’t be beat.
There have been so many times I’ve wanted to go home to Alaska. Yes, it takes a certain kind of person to love and appreciate it, and I’m proud to be one.
Thank you for your magazine to allow me to dream and remember.
—Nancy Siegel / Cottonwood, Arizona
Nancy, we feel the same way. We are blessed to be in this great state. Thanks for the nice letter.—Editor