Fischer was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1924. Fischer moved to Alaska in 1950 and later became the director of the Institute of Social and Economics Research from 1966 to 1976.
Fischer was involved with Alaska-Russia joint programs for 15 years.
“To Russia With Love” is his first novel.
“For many decades, I’ve been telling people stories having to do with my life and events in Russia and Alaska. People kept urging me to write it. UAA gave me a grant and encouraged me to write this book,” he said.
“To Russia With Love” focuses on his beginnings in Germany and Russia, service in the U.S. Army and journey to Alaska.
Despite publishing his first book, Fischer doesn’t plan on writing another.
“It was a three-year effort,” he said. “There’s a lot more stories to tell, but I am not sure if I’m going to keep writing. I started to paint eight years ago. I love it. It’s more fun than writing books.”
Charles Wohlforth, a successful author of several books, helped Fischer co-author his autobiography in “To Russia With Love” and will also be at the book launch with him.
“My co-author, Charles Wohlforth, will be there with me. He’s written a number of books, my favorite being ‘The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change.’ I was looking for an editor to write my book and Charles was the most logical person. He has helped write memoir books for the former governor, Walter Hickel, and David Rose, who was head of Alaska’s permanent fund,” he said.
Alaska is Fischer’s favorite place to live.
“I’ve been to thirty countries in the world. I came here in 1950 and at age eighty-eight, I’m still in Alaska because it is my favorite place to be,” said Fischer. “I like the scale of it — the small, the large. I like the seasons and the people and the diversity of the community.”
Fischer also gave advice for students who plan on coming to the release on Tuesday.
“I hope that you young leaders will get a message from my book that strong values are essential in one’s life, and people need to be flexible for big opportunities when they come along. I hope people are willing to explore and take risks. That makes a good fulfilling life.”
Victor Fischer and Charles Wohlforth will be at the “To Russia With Love” book launch event Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m. at the UAA Consortium Library Room 307. For more information about this event, please contact ISER by phone at 907-786-7710 or by email at [email protected]