Robin Hansen was in Seward, Alaska, playing hooky from a job with the Corps of Engineers on Dec. 7, 1941. He and two friends went skiing, then stopped at a bar about noon to use the men's room. The bartender told them that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor.
"I was surprised that the military at Hawaii were caught off guard," Hansen remembered. "Seward had been under a blackout restriction for several weeks because the War Department was expecting an attack on Alaska. I wondered whether Honolulu had been under a blackout."