When Bennett “Bud” Sparks sent a message in a bottle in 1964 from his post at Point Retreat Lighthouse, he didn’t expect a response, let alone one 50 years later.
Greg Anderson was going through his late father’s papers recently when he came across a typed message on a worn piece of paper.
“Hello,” the note reads. “This message is not important to you. I am in the United States Coast Guard, Stationed at Point Retreat Light Station. The station is about 18 miles out of Juneau, Alaska. If you have time to send me a letter.”