Saving for the Future: My Life and the Alaska Permanent Fund

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Dave Rose was a native-born New Yorker turned Alaskan who became the first director of the Alaska Permanent Fund, where he played a crucial role in managing the multi-billion-dollar savings account created by voters after discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay. Rose loved to tell stories. His childhood experiences were reminiscent of a Neil Simon play – warm and witty stories about an irrepressible Jewish boy from the Bronx. Rose moves to Anchorage with his bride, Fran. He takes a beating in a white-knuckle political ...
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Overview

Dave Rose was a native-born New Yorker turned Alaskan who became the first director of the Alaska Permanent Fund, where he played a crucial role in managing the multi-billion-dollar savings account created by voters after discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay. Rose loved to tell stories. His childhood experiences were reminiscent of a Neil Simon play – warm and witty stories about an irrepressible Jewish boy from the Bronx. Rose moves to Anchorage with his bride, Fran. He takes a beating in a white-knuckle political brawl over civil rights. That was the end of his local political career, but not the end of his public service.
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"This is the warm, funny, and inspiring story of Dave Rose, who followed the American Dream and was living proof that smarts, courage, and integrity can be found in public service."  --Tony Knowles, Governor of Alaska 1994-2002

"This fascinating book tells how Alaska, suddenly having oil riches beyond its imagination, protected the money from free-spending politicians and shrewdly invested it in what became a $40 billion fund paying annual dividends to its citizens." --John Strohmeyer, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979047053
  • Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Dave Rose was the first director of the Alaska Permanent Fund, the first chairman of the Anchorage Assembly for the unified government of Anchorage, and possibly the first Jew to open a kosher New York-style delicatessen in Alaska. Rose was a charming, self-effacing, and charismatic spinner of tales whose personal warmth helped him overcome a wide range of challenges in government finance, the military, family, and community service. Charles Wohlforth is the author of numerous books and articles, and winner of more than two dozen national and regional awards for writing, including the 2004 Los Angels Times Book Prize. A friend of Dave Rose's since childhood, Wohlforth followed Rose's footsteps to the Anchorage Assembly, where he represented the city's downtown area from 1993 to 1999.
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Table of Contents

Foreword     8
Introduction     10
My Life Before the Permanent Fund
A single-parent childhood     16
Education and escape     24
The indirect route to Alaska     32
The 1964 earthquake     43
Launching into politics     55
Fighting for equal rights     74
Riches on the horizon     91
Photos: Rose photo gallery     103
The Alaska Permanent Fund
Introduction     114
A will to save, 1959-1976     117
Fight for the fund, 1976-1980     134
Finishing the foundations, 1980-1982     157
Building the institution, 1982-1984     171
The permanent fund matures, 1984-1992     189
The permanent fund model     205
Ownership     205
Institutions     211
Operations     218
Conclusion     221
Life after the fund, and final thoughts     225
Epilogue     238
Acknowledgments     248
Index     251\

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