Press Release: Laurel Bill – Publishing | Editing | Typesetting – Stanford Who’s Who Certified
Laurel Downing Bill Is Published In The Stanford Who’s Who Network ANCHORAGE, AK, September 13, 2012 /Stanford Who’s Who / — An accomplished author and publisher with more than four decades of diverse professional experience, Laurel Downing Bill  has enjoyed a successful career filled with several significant accomplishments, leading to her inclusion in the distinguished ranks of leading professionals with Stanford Who’s Who. Throughout her brilliant professional career, Laurel has routinely demonstrated the passion, vision, dedication and diligence necessary to be mentioned among the elite. A third-generation Alaskan, Laurel was prompted to change her career path in telecommunications about a decade ago after she inherited newspaper clips, research and rare Alaska history books from her late aunt, Phyllis Downing Carlson, who was a renowned Alaska historian and newspaper columnist. Laurel has since authored the critically acclaimed four-book Alaska history series titled Aunt Phil’s Trunk, which features colorful short stories and hundreds of historical photographs. Other books written include Aunt Phil’s Trunk of Alaska Trivia and Sourdough Cookery, a sourdough cookbook that includes dried sourdough starter from her great-grandfather that began in Alaska’s gold rush of 1896. Under the Aunt Phil’s Trunk LLC banner, Laurel also has published Raven’s Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide, by Kim Sherry, and Muckluck, Alaska: Where Nothing Ever Happens, by Lisa Augustine. After starting her career in 1970 as a clerk/typist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks, Laurel married in 1973 and then moved to the remote Alaska community of King Salmon, where her husband managed the world’s largest red salmon fishery. She went on to spend more than two decades with the local telecommunications company, working her way up from an entry level position to Assistant General Manager. Laurel was instrumental in getting telephone service into eight rural villages, building a cable television company that served three towns and developing cellular phone service for the fishing fleet in Bristol Bay. During that time, she also raised her two children and a foster daughter. In 1999, Laurel finally had a chance to go through her Aunt Phyllis’ things, which inspired her tremendously. In fact, her aunt’s writings lead her to change her path and enroll at the University of Alaska Anchorage in order to study journalism and history. She graduated with a 3.99 GPA in 2003. In 2002, Laurel began working for The Anchorage Chronicle, where she became one of the weekly newspaper’s main reporters. She also started her column known as Aunt Phil’s Trunk, based on the items she inherited from her aunt. In addition, she wrote numerous award-winning articles on various subjects over the course of the paper’s two- and a-half-year run, including two first-place awards from the Alaska Press Club in 2005 and placing in the top 10 in a national William Randolph Hearst Foundation competition in 2004. With four books taking Alaska’s history up to 1960, Laurel currently is working on the fifth volume of Aunt Phil’s Trunk, which will feature stories from 1960 to the present day. If not for her husband going through major heart surgery recently, the book already would have been finished and published. Now that he has made it through with a clean bill of health, it is only a matter of time until that final volume is ready to roll. To visit the Aunt Phil’s Trunk LLC website, click here  To view more information on Laurel Downing Bill click here  Browse the Stanford Who’s Who Social Media Branding Website 
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