Gail and Denvy
Almost 50 Years and Counting
Year Three - 1972
The first partnership called themselves Taku Developers. The offshoot called themselves the Taku Builders. About the same time Denvy and Gail became interested in food coops and started gathering caselot orders from friends and neighbors, and monthly they would order groceries from a local wholesaler and distribute among the the coop members.
During these early years of marriage, resources were scarce and scrounging for whatever would be found was popular. They joked about behaving like pack rats. As they dreamt of turning things around, they chose the business name Star Kap, essentially reversing the name as well as the financial future.
The floor plan of the main floor and the basement in the duplex were the same including a picture window in the living room facing the street. Actually the street was an arterial road that lead into the hillside south and east of Anchorage. The house was the second from the last before it started to wind up into the foothills of the Chugach Mountains. At Christmas time Gail and Denvy and the Keeners with hatchet in hand headed into the widerness to hunt a Christmas tree. They chose one tall enough to reach from the floor of the lower floor to the ceiling of the upper floor. They cut the tree in half placing the lower half downstairs and the upper half upstairs.
Author's note: This was not a good year for photographs.