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Lowell Thomas Jr.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS About the Authors Introduction Chapter 1 Flight to Adventure Chapter 2 Early Life Chapter 3 First Adventure Chapter 4 Welcome to Alaska Chapter 5 College and the Military Chapter 6 Going to Work Chapter 7 To the Forbidden Roof of the World Chapter 8 With the Dalai Lama in Lhasa Chapter 9 Life and Death on the Tibetan Trail Chapter 10 Two Lifetime Passions: Tay and Flying Chapter 11 Around the World Chapter 12 Welcome to Africa Chapter 13 The Rwenzori Mountains, the Congo, and Kenya Chapter 14 Into the Desert Chapter 15 With the Nomads Chapter 16 North to Alaska Chapter 17 Earthquake Chapter 18 Flying Alaska Chapter 19 Around the World a New Way Chapter 20 Politics and Conservation Chapter 21 Skiing Chapter 22 Mount McKinley Flight Adventures Chapter 23 Flying Another Soloist Chapter 24 To Russia with Love Chapter 25 Flying into the Sunset Sources Index

About the Author

Lowell Thomas Jr. has led a life of adventure, traveling around the world. Since 1960 he has been based in Anchorage, Alaska, where he lives with his wife, Tay, of more than sixty-three years. An author, filmmaker, and devoted small-plane pilot for about sixty-five years, and one who has approximately 1.2 million miles of flight time at the controls on his resume, Thomas is a passionate conservationist and has been honored for his work in preserving the Alaska wilderness. Lew Freedman is a longtime journalist and former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska, where he lived for seventeen years. The author of nearly sixty books, Freedman has won more than 250 journalism awards. He and his wife, Debra, live in Indiana.


"The result of conversations between Lowell, Tay and Lew is the book, LOWELL THOMAS JR. FLIGHT TO ADVENTURE: ALASKA AND BEYOND. The title rings with the same wide-eyed excitement as many of the previous books written by Lowell and Tay since they were married in 1950. The pages inside reveal the extraordinary life Lowell, Jr. has led and the important role Tay has played as his partner in adventure." -Anthony Wellman, 2014 edition of The Dutch Treat Club Annual Book
". . . a high-spirited autobiography of Lowell Thomas Jr. (b.1923), reporter, bush pilot, fifth Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, filmmaker, and conservationist devoted to preserving Alaska's beautiful wilderness. With the assistance of award-winning journalist Lew Freedman, Thomas speaks of climbing an Alaskan mountain at age sixteen, flying around the world on his honeymoon, meeting the fourteen-year-old Dalai Lama, and much more. His lifetime of accomplishments, exploration, and appreciation for nature's beauty make for a thoroughly engaging and inspirational true story, highly recommended." -James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review "Lowell Thomas Jr. has lived a life of exploration and adventure ranging from the heart of Africa to Alaska's highest peaks. His powerfully written and evocative reminiscences provide a reading experience that is to be relished from start to finish." -Colleen Mondor, author, The Map of My Dead Pilots "Lowell's adventures are an inspiration for all ages. He proves that a person can do anything they make up their mind to do and be successful at it."-Shari Hart, Executive Director, Alaska Aviation Museum
"It's fascinating to be able to open up a window of time-and that's what this book does-it allows us to see that we stand on the shoulders of those that have gone before."-Donna Seebo, Talk Show Host'The Donna Seebo Show'

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