Lowell Jackson Thomas, Jr. (1923 - d.)

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Lowell Jackson Thomas, Jr. (born October 6, 1923) is a film and television producer who collaborated with his father, the accomplished reporter and author Lowell Thomas, on several projects before becoming an Alaskan State Senator in the early 1970s, and later the fifth Lieutenant Governor of Alaska (1974–1978). In the 1980s, he owned and operated Talkeetna Air Taxi, an Alaska bush flying service.

He graduated from the Taft School in 1942 and went on to Dartmouth College, before joining the United States Army Air Corps.

Lowell Thomas, Jr. was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter).

Invited with his father, Lowell Thomas Sr., by the Tibetan government to make a film there in 1949 with the hope that the their reports would help persuade the U.S. government to defend Tibet against the Chinese. The trip lasted 400 days, and the father and son were the last Westerners to reach Lhasa before the Chinese. CBS did not broadcast the resultant film, Expedition to Lhasa, Tibet, until years later, but his book about the expedition, Out of This World, published in 1950 became a bestseller.

In 2005, the Dalai Lama bestowed the International Campaign for Tibet's Light of Truth Award on Lowell Jr.

Among other appearances, in 1958 he appeared as a guest challenger on the TV panel show "To Tell The Truth".

Today, Lowell Thomas Jr. remains an active bush pilot, environmental activist, and continues to live in Alaska.

Long an inhabitant of Alaska he is best known for his interest in the Arctic Research Labs based in Barrow, AK. Much as his father had done he ventured into the harsh environment of the ice islands where research was done by scientists on the Actic Ocean and its atmosphere including the Auroras. He published his adventure in National Geographic magazine in 1965.

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October 26, 1923