Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy 4th Of July!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Barers Of Maple Valley Thanks You!

Thank you everyone for your warm thoughts, cards, prayers, facebook comments.  Thank you to everyone who came to the service yesterday, the Best Western in Walla Walla.  The Herring Funeral Home, and Rabbi Hahn (sp) for being with us during this tiime of need.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Walla Walla Radio Memories 13

Thank you to Hank Unck, who as Lee Michaels, worked at KTEL in the early 70s.  When the station shut down it's downtown office, to move to the transmitter site, he bought the old equipment and found this in the mixer board.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My Sister

We had just started home from a barbecue in North Bend when Deb's cell phone rang.  It was my Mother-in-law, though it was almost midnight, I was not surprised, my wife's family often keeps late hours.  I heard on the blue tooth speaker that I was to call my Dad's wife.  I thought uh oh, my something happened to my dad.  But that was not the case, it was that my sister had been killed in a car accident--Holy Cow!
I called my dad, of course thinking about what he had been going through.  My sis, also named Debra, but for decades, using the name Terri, was a constant worry for him.  For the last few decades, we had rarely seen her. She had been living in Nashville, a place that she seemed taken to.
When we were little, we were twin terrors,  there was Debbie and Me and we were inseparable.  She was 2 years younger, we both loved playing with the kids on Leonard Street and in the basement of Grandmother Barers house, where there was a bar, a big radio, and a piano.  I remember my famous "Debbie did it" meaning any trouble I was about to get into was "her" fault.  It became such a catch phrase my family would often repeat it.   As we became teenagers, we seemed to share a love for Rock music,radio, and the hippie culture along with everything else that embodied the 1960s, yet we grew further apart often at odds with each other. 
When Debbie got out of high school in 2 years, rather than 3 years.  She headed to the University  Of Washington.  She would never live in Walla Walla again.  She did visit once in a while. She left school and worked for the phone company, a job that gave her good benefits.  This allowed her to do some travel.  She would later get her real estate license. She had begun to use the name Teri, which she may have picked up when working at the U-Dub radio station.
A friend who knew her in Nashville told my dad that she had made a good life for herself in Nashville.  A look at her Facebook page shows an interest in Nascar, something that I would never in a million years think she would have an interest in.  She also worked to save the Nashville Fairgrounds.  She was constantly at Nashville City Council meetings.  She had numerous Facebook friends, not one associated with Walla Walla, nor the family.
We are happy that she was able to find a place to be happy.  A Graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 30th, 10am at the Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Reading With Rover

Deb and Dasher appear at 13 seconds into this video.  They are long time volunteers in the "Reading With Rover" program.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Edgar Martinez Named M's Hitting Coach

Edgar Martinez, one of Seattle's most beloved pro athletes has taken the position as Mariner hitting coach.  Howard Johnson who previously had the position, has been reassigned.  Martinez is considered by many to be the best right handed hitter of his generation.   ESPN says the M's have the worst batting average in the majors.  The one certainty is that more changes are on the way.

Happy Father's Day