The experience of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake is one of those landmark events so large their gravity bends the light of memory and affects how one sees the world forever after. Looking back at the events of that moment I was especially struck with the way fear did or did not manifest itself in people who underwent the event, and how difficult it is to match fear appropriately to the feared.

Life's capriciousness can rearrange our fortunes at any time. An Earthquake will do this for a large cross-section of people at once. At least one of the results: excellent storytelling material, and an attentive audience who shared the moment.

- Peter Dunlap-Shohl

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