Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pilot who handled Southwest emergency landing hailed as 'true American h...

What a true hero.  It's sad that they lost one of the passengers.

Keith Jackson Has Memorial Celebration In Rose Bowl

A memorial service for ABC sports broadcasting legend Keith Jackson was held in the Rose Bowl Stadium last Sunday.  Jackson, a WSU graduate and former Seattle area sports anchor, was the nation's voice of college football.  Jackson, who worked 15 Rose Bowls is credited with coining the phrase "the granddaddy of them all", describing the New Year's game.  Jackson lived in nearby Sherman Oaks.
Women's basketball great and widow of  LA Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale, called Jackson "our Walter Cronkite of sports broadcasting" of course referring to the longtime CBS Evening News Anchor  with which most of us grew up.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Antique Radio

The Black Duck in Issaquah has these antique radios in their restrooms.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Harry Anderson--Played Judge In Night Court

Harry Anderson, who played the quirky but benevolent judge in the popular  NBC comedy Night Court, was found dead in his Ashville, North Carolina home. 
Anderson was a magician turned comedian and was a fan of Mel Torme. Anderson's character, Judge Harry Stone was also a fan of Mel Torme.
 Anderson was 65 at the time of his death.

Vote For Tahoma Schools On April 24th

I am a property owner and have no children in Tahoma Schools, yet I enthusiastically  endorse this levy.
Strong schools build strong communities.  More programs mean more student involvement in my opinion. It may mean fewer children dropping out of schools.  Failure to fund schools could be even more costly.  Finally, when selling property, buyers often ask about the quality of the schools. 
Vote YES on Tahoma Schools!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Old Walla Walla Radio Remembered 23--Bob Garred

I had written about Bob Garred in a previous article.  He was one of many famous radio people from Walla Walla.  My parents bought there house on Palouse Street from his parents in the mid 1960s.  I  heard that I had his old room, which is quite coincidental because of my interest in radio history.  According to an article in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin archives,  Garred started at KUJ in Walla Walla, then went on to CBS, he was with ABC when he died at 41 in December of 1956.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Tod Leiweke Named President Of Potential Hockey Team

Former Seattle Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke has been named President and CEO of a possible NHL franchise in Seattle.   Leiweke had been COO of the NFL.  His brother, Tim is  the CEO with the OVG Group, which is in charge of the remodel of Key Arena.  Leiweke  left the Seahawks to work in the front office of the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL franchise.
Word is that an announcement will be made in June on whether Seattle will be granted an NHL expansion team. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gangster Nation Captivating

It said that "truth is stranger than fiction" but Gangster Nation is fiction and continues the strange twist of a hit man hiding out as a Rabbi in a Las Vegas temple.  The book is  the sequel of Gangsterland, Tod Goldberg's story of Chicago gangster Sal Cupertine, who escapes both the law and disgruntled peers by undergoing plastic surgery and emerging as Rabbi David Cohen. 
In this edition, Cohen does both the Lord's work and his criminal business simultaneously.  Cohen has become wary of his role and begins to miss his wife and son, while worrying about their safety.
Meanwhile, an FBI agent, who has lost his partner is determined to find him and bring him to justice.
Writer Goldberg's talent really comes out in this multi-layered plot.  His frequent quotes from the Talmud, shows that either he did an amazing amount of research or is extremely creative. 
Gangster Nation is available on Amazon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Iron Mike

Deb and her friends ran into Iron Mike Tyson at the Sugar Factory in Las Vegas.  I'll spare you any food jokes.