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Many of Wally’s most original ideas came to him in the middle of intense conversations with other thinkers.  This one, with future Canadian Prime Minister Jean Cretien (left) and a colleague took place as they inspected the Canadian Arctic in 1970

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An avid boater, Hickel did some of his best thinking while cruising in his beloved Prince William Sound aboard his Gulf Star the “Ermalee.”

Wally loved ideas and had an uncanny ability to predict the future.  He enjoyed putting words to his ideas in ways that made them understandable and memorable.  Although he was dyslexic and found it difficult to read, he had a near-photographic memory and did math in his head.

In the last decade of his life, Hickel captured many of his original thoughts in a series of articles that were published monthly in the Anchorage Daily News.  Examples are included here with permission.


Who Owns America?
Walter J. Hickel
Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1971
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Crisis in the Commons: The Alaska Solution  
Walter J. Hickel  
The Institute for Contemporary Studies 2002
Oakland, California


To Purchase this book contact the Institute of the North institute@institutenorth.org


Crisis in the Commons: The Alaska Solution (Russian Edition)
Walter J. Hickel
Progress Printing 2004
Moscow, Russia

The Wit and Wisdom of Wally Hickel
Editor Malcolm B. Roberts
Anchorage, Alaska

To Purchase this book contact Malcolm Roberts mal@gci.net