Seward Lecture: Mayor Rick Mystrom, 'Building Anchorage's Future - Dream Big and Dare to Fail'

2015-11-21 by News, Sports, and Art

The Seward Lecture series for 2015 follows the spirit of Anchorage’s Centennial year by inviting living Anchorage mayors to share their experiences with the UAA community. In this lecture, Anchorage mayor Rick Mystrom offers his insights.

Biographical information from Wikipedia:
Mystrom was born in Minnesota in 1943 and came to Alaska in 1972. In 1975, he established Mystrom/Beck Advertising. In 1982, he received the Small Business Person of the Year Award from President Ronald Reagan. In 1990, he sold his advertising business, which was later merged into the Nerland Agency.

Mystrom was elected to the Anchorage Assembly in 1979, serving until 1985. In 1994, he defeated Democrat Mark Begich to succeed Tom Fink as Mayor of Anchorage. In 1997, he withstood a challenge from Fink, a fellow Republican. Mystrom was widely considered the more moderate of the two Republican candidates.

In office, Mystrom emphasized crime reduction and championed the City of Lights beautification program, encouraging residents and employers to ornament their homes and businesses with decorative lights during Anchorage’s dark winter.

In 2003, he challenged incumbent Republican mayor George Wuerch in a three-way race. Begich, who had unsuccessfully faced Wuerch in 2000, was elected.

Mystrom is a longtime advocate of bringing the Winter Olympic Games to Anchorage, and has chaired several committees to that end. Anchorage was twice the U.S. candidate for these Games (1992 and 1994).

This event was podcast on Oct. 14, 2015 in Library 307 on the UAA campus.

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For More Information:

UAA Department of Political Science
Seward Lecture Series
Rick Mystron's page
Amazon book listing
'What Should I Eat?' by Rick Mystrom