Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Iconic Car Wash Sign Removed

 One of the most enduring reminders of old Seattle, the Pink Elephant Car Wash sign is being removed. 

The Pink Elephant Car Wash announced it was closing it's location on Denny Way near the Seattle Center due to homelessness, drug activity, and business costs.  

The sign will go to Western Neon for restoration work and then donate the the Museum Of  History  And Industry.

In my early days of living here, the sign along with the Pink Lincoln "Toe" Truck were two of the most unique signs I would come across when going to the Center for festivals and basketball games.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Jennings Tapped As Interim Jeopardy Host

 Ken Jennings, Jeopardy's biggest money winner according to various sources, will be its first interim  host.  The popular evening game show is planning to use a series of interim hosts until a permanent one is chosen.  Jennings has been speculated to be a candidate for host since the death of Alex Trebek earlier this month.  

The show will resume filming Monday.  The first episode with Jennings as host will air January 11th. 

Jennings lives in the Seattle area. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Biden Begins To Pick Cabinet Members

 Anthony Blinken has been tapped by President Elect Joe Biden to be nominated for US  Secretary Of State. 

Blinken, though not well known to the public, served as President Obama's deputy secretary of state, he also at a time, Obama's deputy national security advisor. He also served on the National Security Council during the Clinton adminstration.  His charge will be to rebuild trust  of America's allies.  

Blinken attended schools in New York and France.  He is a graduate of Harvard. 

According to the Wikipedia, Blinken also plays guitar and has two songs on Spotify. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Apple Cup Cancelled

 The annual Apple Cup between the Washington State Cougars and the Washington Huskies has been cancelled.  The reason being that WSU does not have enough scholarship players available due to positive test and contact tracing. 

There is a chance that the teams could play a make up game in December. This is the first season the cross state rivals have not faced one another since 1944.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

No Cougar Football Today


Sad, but true today's WSU vs Stanford game has been cancelled because a number of players including quarter Jayden de Laura (pictured above) have tested positive for COVID.  Friday's Apple Cup game pitting the Cougs against Washington is also in jeopardy. 

Barers Of Maple Valley wish a quick and safe recovery for all members of the team. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Familiar Face To Leave KOMO 4 TV

 Congrats to Connie Thompson!  The Puget Sound Media blog reports she is calling it quits after 46 years at the station.  

Even 10 years is like an eternity in the broadcasting profession.  You could probably make a TV mini-series out of her career.  

I met Connie at the Space Needle when we had our wedding rehearsal dinner in July of 1995.  No, she wasn't at our dinner but at some banquet with other KOMO broadcast people in an adjacent room.  She was very down to earth and friendly.  

Thank you to Puget Sound Media for breaking this!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Century Link Field Gets New Name

Numerous sources report Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, will now be called Lumen Field.  The name has gotten the approval of the Washington State Public Stadium Authority, which owns the property.
The names reflects Century Link's rebranding to Lumen Technologies.

Seahawks vs Cardinals--The Rematch

 The Seattle Seahawks will face the Arizona Cardinals at 5:30pm pst on Thursday Night Football.  The Seahawks, who were once 5 and 0, have lost 3 of the last 4, including an overtime loss to Arizona.