Meet Vic Vickers
Vic Vickers’ love affair with Alaska began 38 years ago when he hitch-hiked up the ALCAN Highway. Growing up he had learned about Alaska from his father who had been stationed in Kodiak as a chief petty officer in the Navy during the Korean War. To begin his journey from Florida, Vic’s mother gave him $100 and a backpack full of Beanee Weenee cans.
When he arrived – with one can left and six dollars in his pocket – Vic went to see his high school football coach’s brother, George F. Boney, who was the second chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. The chief took Vic into his house with his family and hired Vic as his aide. Every night after court, Chief Justice Boney became Vic’s mentor, teaching him about Alaska, its system of Bush Justice, and that we should never “burn down the barn of constitutional liberties to get one rat.” He convinced Vic to go to law school and to fight for those who have no voice. In return Vic promised the chief that he would return to Alaska and continue the fight against injustice in the Great Land. Chief Justice Boney did not live to realize his dreams for Alaska. He drowned in Cheri Lake when he was just 42 years old.
Vic followed Chief Justice Boney’s advice and served as a bank regulator and a lawyer representing the victims of corporate fraud. Vic fought and won many battles and earned a Ph.D. in economic history, so that he could write a book about the fraud and insider abuse that he had seen during the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s.
Along the way, Vic has also owned a number of maritime businesses. And two years ago, he learned the hard way about the oil industry’s grip on our government when the Emir of Dubai attempted to take control of numerous cargo terminals operating in ports throughout the United States. After learning that President Bush had secretly given a “green light” to this Middle Eastern dictator, Vic took action. Although he stood alone in the maritime industry, he was able to generate enough public outcry to defeat George Bush and the Emir of Dubai in the Congress.