About the Collector
Pete's a goofy somewhat neurotic guy like most collectors. What can you say? He just joined the ALPCA in 2006. Lives in the bush of Alaska with a few bears, wolves, eagles, tons of salmon and a very sweet and understanding wife Libby. She let's him keep his collection on the walls in the front room. Well actually, once she found out how much some of them were worth, she insisted he bring them indoors where she could keep a closer eye on 'um (the plates not him... well maybe both actually). He specializes in Alaskan passenger issues. Says that until he completes that collection he shouldn't start another. Currently his collection has every year after 34 but he is working his way backwards. After 65 when the stickers began in Alaska he focused on Naturals.
He & Libby live in Hyder Alaska a town of about 100 souls. It's right on the Canadian border and it's one of only two places where you can drive right into southeast Alaska. The town has a sign hanging over the road at the entrance to the USA from Canada that says "The Friendliest Ghost Town in Alaska" and that's about right.
There haven't been more than 100 folks living here for decades though once upon a time in the 20's and later in the 70's there was some mining going on and populations were reported to be a whopping 450. Last year at Christmas Hyder reported 54 winter residents... a real busy winter! Pete started a new catch phrase for the town a few years ago which many of you who have emailed him will recoginze:
We're all here 'cause we're not all there.
And it suits us all just fine thankyou. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't hesitate to write him if you have early Alaskan passenger plate questions or examples for sale.