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Today’s show includes part of an interview with Benson conducted by the old Anchorage Borough School District.
Don’t you just love the story of Benny Benson and his Alaska flag design?
There’s Benny, growing up in an orphanage and he ends up designing a flag that is generally accepted by flag experts to be a nearly perfect design. Simple, colorful, easily distinguished from others. Plus, there’s a good story about the North Star and of course Benny’s great story related to the flag itself.
Here’s an interesting twist to the Benny Benson Flag Story. In this interview conducted by the Anchorage Borough School District, Benson says his original flag design included the date 1867 under the Big Dipper. 1867 is the year of the Alaska Purchase from Russia. Benson says they made that small change when they finalized the design for the state flag…
That’s Benny Benson speaking in a video that’s available at the Alaska State Museum. It was originally recorded by the Anchorage Borough School District. The borough merged into the Municipality of Anchorage back in 1975.
Since Benson died in 1972, this video is more than 35 years old. Benson was born in 1913 and was 13 years old when he won the state flag contest.
He was living at the Jesse Lee Children’s Home in Seward at the time of the contest.
From the North American Vexillological Association — The people who specialize in flag design.
1. Keep It Simple
The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory…
2. Use Meaningful Symbolism
The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes…
3. Use 2–3 Basic Colors
Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set…
4. No Lettering or Seals
Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal…
5. Be Distinctive or Be Related
Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections…
Photo courtesy Constitution Week USA.com
Here’s a great resource: Lesson Plans and Activities for Constitution Week from the Constitution Center.
The LegHead Report for Wed. Sept. 17 Constitution Day — School House Rock
The LegHead Report for Thurs. Sept. 18 – We the People
The LegHead Report for Fri. Sept. 19 — Constitution Facts
Graph Above: Percentage of Alaska National Guard survey participants who perceive three or more barriers to reporting sexual assaults within the guard.
The top officer of the Alaska National Guard was forced out by Governor Sean Parnell following last week’s release of the finding of an investigation of misconduct and sexual assault of Alaska Guard members.
Governor Sean Parnell released the findings Sept. 4, and took the resignation of the adjutant general, Major General Thomas H. Katkus.
The LegHead Report for Mon. Sept. 8 Gov. Parnell releases findings of special report. 1 of 5 Parts
The LegHead Report for Tues. Sept. 9 Gov. Special report find most National Guard members see barriers to reporting sexual assaults. 2 of 5 Parts
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month
Are you and your family prepared?
What if you had 20 minutes to get your family out and away from danger? Do you know what you would need to bring? Where to go? What about the kids? Where are they? Are they safe?
State of Alaska Emergency Prep site – This site is the “umbrella site” for everything from family safety to hazardous materials spills.
A long-time goal of building a large-diameter gasline to provide natural gas to Alaskans and a new petroleum product to export is closer to becoming a reality with the passage of Senate Bill 138.
SB 138 was a key priority for Governor Sean Parnell who called its passage a historic event and the beginning of the Alaska LNG Project. The measure also gives Alaska an equity-share in the gasline.
“Alaskans have waited a long time for a gasline,” he said.
Governor Parnell’s Comments
The governor speaking on SB 138 during his first ever Virtual Town Hall Meeting held April 16.
Passage of SB 138 is the first in a series of actions that must be taken over the next four to five years to allow for the development of Alaska’s North Slope natural gas resources.
That comes from a 24-page report produced for the legislature that analyzes, explains and discusses the key issues involved in building the LNG pipeline.
SB 138 both authorizes certain negotiations and provides a broad roadmap for how the Legislature will oversee and consent to these negotiations, the report summarizes.
Currently, the project consists of three related mega-projects. They include:
If all goes well, the gasline could be completed by 2020.
Top Photo: Courtesy ConocoPhillips
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