Father Ivan Veniaminov arrived in Alaska in 1824. On wind swept Unalaska Island he built a Russian Orthodox chapel, set up a meteorological station and taught indigenous Aleuts carpentry, blacksmithing and brickmaking. He also learned their dialect, created an alphabet and translated the gospels for them.
Richard Harris discovered the first big gold field in Alaska in 1880. Along with his partner Joseph Juneau, he established a town he called Harrisburg. A year later, angry miners renamed the town Juneau.
Casey directed the successful presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan in 1980. After Reagan was elected president, he named Casey to the post of Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Gary Sick alleged that Casey orchestrated a deal in 1980 with Iran to refrain from releasing the hostages until after the November presidential elections, in order to deny President Carter credit for their possible release. This came to be known as the “October Surprise.”
Michael Hurley is an American singer/guitarist, reportedly born December 20, 1941. He also plays the fiddle.
Hurley’s debut album, First Songs, was recorded for Folkways Records in 1965 on the same reel-to-reel machine that taped Leadbelly’s Last Sessions. His 1976 LP Have Moicy, a collaboration with the Unholy Modal Rounders and Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones, was named “the greatest folk album of the rock era” by the Village Voice’s Robert Christgau. The albums I have of his are:
Armchair Boogie (1971)
Have Moicy (1975)/basically with the (un) Holy Modal Rounders
Long Journey (1976)
Parsnip Snips (1996)
Peetie Wheatstraw (December 21, 1902 – December 21, 1941) was the name adopted by singer William Bunch, a greatly influential figure among 1930s blues singers. Although the only known picture of Bunch shows him holding a National brand tricone resonator guitar, his primary instrument was the piano.
Ryland “Ry” Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist,composer and musicologist, known for his slide guitar work and exceptional blues mandolin playing, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. Best Albums:
Ry Cooder (January 1971)
Into the Purple Valley (February 1972)
Boomer’s Story (November 1972)
Paradise and Lunch (May 1974)
Chicken Skin Music (1976)
Jazz (June 1978)