Jeffery S. Fraser has owned the Tsaina Lodge in Valdez, Alaska, since 2011. In his leisure time, Jeffery Fraser is a fan of movie classics, including Casablanca.
The film Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is renowned as one of the greatest Hollywood masterpieces of all time. It featured Bogart as an American nightclub owner operating his establishment in Nazi-allied Vichy France territory during the early days of World War II, when his old flame (Bergman) enters the club, and the sparks fly once again.
Though the movie is a work of fiction, Casablanca did see significant military action during World War II. While not Morocco's political capital, Casablanca is the country's largest city and economic hub. France made Morocco a protectorate in 1912 after French troops arrived in the country in support of a rebellion of European citizens in 1911.
In 1940, the British torpedoed the French battleship Jean Bart in the Casablanca harbor. By 1942, fighting in Morocco was so severe that US forces finally attacked Casablanca and the surrounding areas in Operation Torch.
Within weeks after taking the city, US president Franklin Roosevelt and British prime minister Winston Churchill met there for the Symbol Conference, which concluded with a demand for German unconditional surrender.
Casablanca and other Moroccan ports eventually became logistical hubs for the Allied invasion of Italy and the victorious end of the war.
Jeffery Scott Fraser founded the National Information Consortium and Kansas Information Consortium in the 1990s as companies that provided individual and corporate clients with efficient ways of interacting with the government via the Internet.