Mike Blackwell had an early introduction to Juneau’s dark side. As a 14-year-old in 1952, he used a hand truck to make deliveries of prescribed medications, cigarettes, candy and magazines for Professional Pharmacy. The drug store was located at the present day site of the Lucky Lady, a bar on South Franklin Street. Just around the corner, on Ferry Way, was Juneau’s largest, and city regulated, whorehouse.
When Blackwell made deliveries to this house of “ill-fame,” he was often invited into the lounge for a minute of chitchat with the girls.