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Lowell Thomas Jr.


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About the Authors
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                                          

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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