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I Was Privileged?

Yes, sir! I was a real privileged young Caucasian. I was able to experience things that the vast majority of today’s youngsters never will.

It was late fall in 1956 when the Sunderland family pulled up to a 3-room shack on the edge of boomtown Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks grew during WW2 from a dirty little town serving the area’s trappers, and miners. (The movie “Ice Palace” was the knick-name of the Northrop Building in Fairbanks.) Now it was a dirty larger town serving 3 military bases. Most of the streets in town were unpaved and during summer dust floated through the air everywhere.

We mo...


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