Five of the six living former mayors of Anchorage joined the city’s current chief executive for an autographing marathon on Tuesday morning. The purpose of the event was to get their signatures on 550 prints commemorating the 100th anniversary of Anchorage, prints that will be sold to help finance other events honoring the centennial.
Tony Knowles, Tom Fink, Rick Mystrom and George Wuerch, along with Mayor Dan Sullivan and Jack Roderick, the last mayor of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough, which merged with the City of Anchorage to form the present municipality in 1975, sat at tables lined up in the Discovery Ballroom in the Hotel Captain Cook. Former mayor and now-Sen. Mark Begich had previously signed the copies on a trip to Anchorage. Artist Byron Birdsall, who created the print, was also there signing his name to his work.
“This would be tough on Arliss Sturgulewski,” said Fink, who seemed to be beating the others in completed signatures.