ALASKA: The 49th State

It was time for the Senate vote that could add a 49th star to the U.S. flag. Interior Secretary Fred Seaton, getting word that diehard opposition, mostly Southern, had gasped its last, rushed from a steak dinner to Capitol Hill. Alaska's Governor Mike Stepovich excused himself to his dinner hosts, sped to the Capitol. The Senate roll was called, and the U.S. Senate last week voted 64 (31 Democrats, 33 Republicans) to 20 to admit Alaska to the Union. Barring only the foregone conclusions of a presidential signature and an Alaska referendum...