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Sound and Motion: Victor Fisher, Author, “To Russia with Love: An Alaskan’s Journey”

Juneau, Alaska
Date of Press Release: February 21 2013

Book CoverVic Fischer grew up in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, came to the US with the help of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, fought his former peers in WW2, helped write the Alaska Constitution, and served the state for decades, helping re-build after the 1964 earthquake, as a state senator and as the founder of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA.

Fischer’s fascinating life is the subject of his book To Russia with Love, an autobiography that touches on the roles of his activist-writer parents in his life, his experiences in World War II, his role as a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention and other government appointments, and his continuing relationship with Russia.

Vic Fischer will tell his stories in person and answer questions from the audience at the next Sound and Motion Friday, February 22nd, 7 p.m. at the Egan Lecture Hall on the UAS Auke Lake campus. After the presentation, he will sign books.

Here is Vic Fischer’s full itinerary in Juneau Feb. 21-23:

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 5 pm, Educational Forum, Fahrenkamp Room in the Capitol.
"Alaska's Constitution -- Highlight of Our 100-Years of Legislative History"
Sponsored by Alaska Legislative Centennial Commission.

Friday, Feb. 22, 7 pm, Egan Lecture Hall on  Auke Lake Campus on
"To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey", Vic Fischer's new book.
Sponsored by University of Alaska Southeast. 
Talk and book signing. Free to the public.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 pm, Holy Trinity Church at Fourth & Gold downtown.
"Hopes and Dreams of Alaska¹s Constitution as Seen Today"
Talk and book signing. Free to the public.

“Vic Fischer’s life story reads like a real-life Forrest Gump, with appearances by Lenin, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Saul Alinsky and many more, together with everyone in the whole history of Alaska from statehood to the present day. A great read by a great Alaskan.” — Brian Rogers, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
“Oftentimes we do not celebrate our jewels — the people who have contributed so much to Alaska — until they’re dead.  One of Fischer’s many gifts to the state is his ability to look at issues with a wide lens.” --UAS Chancellor John Pugh.

“This fast-paced page turner has it all: Russian intrigue, spies, narrow escapes, adventure, political hi-jinx, mavericks, monsters, the birth of Alaskan statehood, and an ongoing love affair that spans the roller-coaster history of the Last Frontier.”
-J. Rubadeau, author of The Fat Man

Contacts:

Victor Fischer

351-6359

Katie Bausler

University of Alaska Southeast

(907) 796-6530