Friday, July 22, 2016

Hilary Picks Kaine

Kiro radio reports that Tim Kaine will be Hilary Clinton ' s choice for Vice President.  Kaine is a Democratic Senator from Virginia.

Former NFL Coach Dies

The football world is morning the death former NFL Head Coach Dennis Green.  Green had coach 10 season with the Minnesota Vikings and later, 3 with the Arizona Cardinals.  His last season was 2006. Green's passing was attributed to complications from cardiac arrest. He was 67.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

TV Industry Mourns Garry Marshall

Several TV industry blogs are mourning the passing of TV producer Garry Marshall, who died Tuesday.  An actor, producer, writer and, director, Marshall is credited for such comedies as Happy Days, Odd Couple, Laverne And Shirley, and Pretty Woman.   Lee Goldberg remembers Marshall as a mensch in this article. Click here

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Birthday Surprise--Don Henley Concert

My wife surprised my on my birthday with tickets to the Don Henley concert at the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery in Woodinville. Henley, the former Eagle lead singer brought a 20 piece band to play a 2 and a half hour set that combined new material, with some his classic solo hits and of course, his hits with the Eagles.  The concert venue was spectacular with a hot air balloon floating by in the twilight and the rise of a full moon (bottom picture),

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wa-Hi Class Of '76 Celebrates 40

A heart felt speech by Keith Elliott highlighted a weekend of fun, laughter, and great memories for Walla Walla High School's Class Of '76, reuniting last weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of it's graduation. Elliott, a star athlete during his time in the Walla Walla school system, spoke of how his predominately Caucasian classmates accepting him, an African-American as the great guy that his is, taught him about accepting and embracing diversity in his career at Boeing.  The charismatic Elliott earned a standing ovation from the full room at the Pete Reid Student Center on the Whitman College campus.
The previous night, we met other classmates at the Green Lantern, a venerable Walla Walla nightspot. 
Saturday morning, I played in the reunion scramble, an event that was perfect for me because anyone who could hold a club could play, the picture at the top shows my "fivesome" yes we had a fivesome relaxing after we finished playing 18 holes.  We had so much fun, we finished a few hours after the end of the tournament.
The middle picture was from a survey during the reunion presentation.

The bottom is the Wa-Hi class of '76.  I may post Keith's speech soon.

Northwest Wine Maker Charles Smith

At the Charles Smith tasting room, I was able to meet the winemaker himself.   The tasting room was located on the corner of Spokane and Alder in Walla Walla.  Deb and I  were in town for the Wa-Hi 40th Class Reunion.  Charles Smith will soon open the largest tasting  room in the state in Seattle.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Commercial - Humphrey 1968 Election Ad ( Laughing at Spiro T.Agnew )

Attack ads didn't start in the 1990s.  This ad is what looks like a rather clumsy attack on Richard Nixon's running mate Spiro Agnew, at that time, unknown on the national scene.  I remember little about the context of the ad, if it was based on Agnew's name or him being unknown.  This was brought up on last Wednesday's Rachel Maddow Show.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Walla Walla High School Class Celebrates 40th

Members of Walla Walla High School's class of '76 will congregate this weekend to celebrate it's 40th reunion.  A no host mixer will take place tomorrow night at long time Walla Walla nightspot, The Green Lantern starting at 7:00 tomorrow.  A golf tournament will commence Saturday at Veteran's Memorial Golf Course.  A dinner will be held Saturday at the Whitman College Student Center. 
For Me, this will be my fourth class reunion and the third that I have attended with my wife.

Terrorist Attack In France

Once again, France suffered a major terrorist attack when a semi plowed into a crowd in Nice.

Big Plans For Camp Solomon Schechter

A Jewish youth camp in Tumwater is planning a 12 million dollar upgrade, according to the Daily Olympian.  After this summer session Camp Solomon Schechter will construct four new buildings including a new dining hall and sports facility. 
I attended the camp in 1971 and 1972, and it was truly a life changing experience.  Coming from Walla Walla, I had little exposure to Jewish youth my age.   With daily services, it gave me more exposure to Jewish customs and ritual, helping to shape my identity.  About 20 some years ago, I revisited the camp with Deb. 
Camp Solomon Schechter was established in 1954 on Whidbey Island, it has been at it's present site since 1968.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Steven Tyler Does Janis Joplin Classic

My wife took this from Friday's concert at McCaw Hall.  Steven Tyler with his current band "Loving Mary", His current tour is called "Out On A Limb."  Here is part of his amazing cover of the Janis Joplin classic "Piece Of My Heart".