In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 1959, I was awakened in a University of Alaska Fairbanks dorm room by a siren. Someone was blasting it to celebrate, as Alaska had just become a state. I recall that Alaskans were so proud of statehood in those days.
Alaskans should be aware that without a decent university, people in the U.S. will regard Alaska as a colony.
— Syun-Ichi Akasofu
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