Oral History Interviews:
Al Wright's parents were missionaries. They lived in many small villages throughout Interior Alaska. Al grew to love the region and the lifestyle..
Wright also loved airplanes. He learned to fly after World War II, using the GI bill. Al bought a small plane almost immediately and launched into his life's work. Early in his career, Al flew trappers in and out of their remote camps. Furbuyers also used his services to conduct buying trips. Wright describes some of the unique characters from this era, as well as the shenanigans pulled in pursuit of fur and dollars.
Unfortunately, Al had several mishaps during his flying years. He describes a few of them in great detail. Some of the incidents were weather-related. Others were mechanical in origin. He dealt with all of the accidents in a straight-forward, matter-of-fact manner.
Wright was an avid outdoorsman. He hunted polar bears on the Arctic Ocean and wolves on the North Slope. However, most of his comments related to hunting are reserved for the moose of the Tanana Flats, south of Fairbanks. Al was a registered guide in the area for many years. His flying and guiding activities helped him develop a keen understanding of the biological forces which drive increases and decreases in population abundance.
Al Wright is a soft-spoken, hard-working man. He has accomplished much in his life. Throughout this interview, Wright shares his memories of the colorful people who became legends in Alaska. He also describes his favorite places throughout the State, ranging from Mount McKinley to his own fish camp on the banks of the mighty Yukon River.