Thursday, July 27, 2017
While drivers will say that it goes too far, the intent is to make the highway safer. People need to remember that when you drive, your not only responsible for your own safety, but the safety of your passengers and other drivers and pedestrians. It also means when they say "don't drink and drive", it means to not drink anything when you drive.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Many disaffected youth headed for the parks of San Francisco, where they grew long hair, did drugs and listened to rock music.
There were many different things that were going on at the time that from an outside perspective, would tend to be lumped together. It was for the most part, the beginning of the "counter culture", Hippies gathered all over the country, but the central spot seemed to be the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco. Bay area based bands like the Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead became popular.
Of course, the Beatles at that time, released "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", a total departure from anything that group had done. As a matter of fact, there had never been any work quite like that album. It gave birth to what is known as a concept album. Songs that can be fit together to tell a story or reflect an idea.
People remember the Summer Of Love with either affection or disdain, depending on their perspective. Celebrations have been taking place in San Francisco with exhibits and events.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Bevan had been there since the 50s and he was a huge sports fan. He would get his name (and the station's name) on the Mariner network by bringing a bag of Walla Walla sweet onions (known as Walla Walla Sweets) to the team broadcasting crew(at that time, Dave Niehaus and Ken Wilson) when attending a game in Seattle.
I think that he continued to do that after he left the station.
In 1980, I worked for KNOI in Pullman and they also carried Mariner Baseball, Roth, at that time, worked for KEXI, a Milton-Freewater Oregon station. Once again, I heard that Roth had brought the Mariner crew a bag of Walla Walla Sweets.
Many years later, I got to meet Dave Niehaus at the Fred Hutchinson Luncheon. I asked Dave if he remembered Bevan Roth. He sure did.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The speaking voices of the 4 Beatles was provided by two voice actors. The songs were real Beatles songs. The band itself was not involved in the project, although their voices were used in the previously recorded music.
The show consisted around two episodes, each framed from a Beatles song. There was a "follow the bouncing ball" singalong in the middle. The intro to each show played their music while the group was depicted running from it's crazy fans. A phenomenon we know as Beatlemania, which was rampant at the time.
The Beatles were reportedly initially not fond of the TV show, but later came to like it. The cartoon, I believe, went a long way toward cementing the band's place in American culture. Most of the Beatles songs that I knew were the ones that I had heard on the cartoon.
The Beatles would eventually release the movie "Yellow Submarine" which was also animated.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Yes, my in-laws were there, but so were my brothers and friends as my wife had planned a surprise party. She told me that she had planned it for months.
The Jet City Players performed, they are a danceable pop band with a rock edge. The lead singer is the lovely Marcie J. We were also treated to Larry Hays playing guitar while his friend, Diane sang some rock and roll. A great time was had by all.
Deb and I spent the night at the Bothell McMenamins Anderson School.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
School is out for the summer and apparently, the originally structure for Lake Wilderness Elementary School is gone forever.
Students will attend classes, starting this fall, in a new facility, which I believe is seen in the background.
Things work quickly in the Tahoma School District.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
BSB stands for "Brown Sugar Bourbon". I am not a bourbon drinker, but I decided to try BSB when we attended the game last Sunday. I had it mixed with club soda and it was real good.
On my next visit to a Mariners game, I hope to bravely try the grasshoppers.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
It is now the only course within the city limits. The restaurant on the course, reportedly, is losing money. That is no surprise as the city and nearby Covington have seen a flurry of new restaurants. Changes discussed have included upgrading the course and making the restaurant available to only golfers using the course at the time.
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Saturday, July 08, 2017
Friday, July 07, 2017
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Monday, July 03, 2017
Saturday, July 01, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Grant is planning to screen the original Batman movie starring West on that day. Proceeds will support Camp Rainbow, a free camp in Idaho for children suffering from cancer and blood disorders that West supported. There is still talk of an Adam West statue to be located somewhere in town. Thank you to the UB in Walla Walla for reference!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Stone said the book was written by Seattle based musician, Billy Mac, a fan who journeyed to the press box in the team's early days, wishing to meet the broadcaster. Mac had proposed the idea of a book to the late announcer, who nixed the idea thinking that no one would be interested. After the Niehaus passing, Mac took on the project with the blessing of the Niehaus family. You can order a copy of the book by clicking here.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
There had been a plan to transfer services to Providence St Mary, the city's other hospital, but unexpected regulatory changes would have potentially caused delays and prohibited the move.
Providence St Mary Medical Center will be the town's only hospital. It was formerly St Mary's Hospital and was my birthplace.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Perhaps, by design, the opening came on the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festively where Hendrix famously set his guitar on fire. This summer also marks the 50th anniversary of another counter-culture event, The Summer Of Love.
Visitors can find the Hendrix Park at 2400 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144. I plan to visit soon.
Friday, June 23, 2017
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Saturday, June 17, 2017
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
You can find memorable Walla Walla pictures at the Bygone Walla Walla blog.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The cast of Northern Exposure, a '90s TV Hit recently reunited. The show is shot in nearby Roslyn, Washington. Cynthia Geary (bottom right) still lives in the Seattle area.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
As I was growing up in Walla Walla, West was well loved. He was a seemingly isolated town's connection to Hollywood. I have heard that he visited his home town often. As I have said, the only time that I met him in person was at a cocktail party in San Diego.
You can probably say that he was the most famous person to hail from Walla Walla. Drew Bledsoe, is the other famous Walla Wallan. Bledsoe achieved national fame as quarterback for the Walla Walla High School Blue Devils and the WSU Cougars. As a first draft choice in the NFL in 1993. he enjoyed a stellar career with the New England Patriots.
After the Batman series, West would suffer from typecasting, being denied roles because viewers would only see him as Batman. However, West found a way to make a comeback leveraging his fame playing the character, along with America's appetite for nostalgia. He was also able to use social networking to his advantage.
West did a voiceover for himself in The Simpson's and did a guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory. He eventually was casted as the voice for Mayor Adam West in the Family Guy cartoon series.
Adam West's passing started a love fest on Twitter, Facebook, and traditional media.
Probably, very few of his fans knew he was from Walla Walla. Probably even fewer knew his real name was William West Anderson, but West touched the heart of his hometown where he will be remembered forever as Bill Anderson, a Walla Wallan
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
The somewhat comical portrayal of Batman would differ from later movies of the super hero which were darker in nature.
Batman was a must-watch for me as a child. It was unique in that it was done in two parts. At the end of the first episode, Batman and Robin (his youthful ward) would be caught in a dangerous situation and the next night he would somehow escape and solve the crime
I met West briefly at a cocktail party in San Diego. My brother was attending Comic-Com and my dad and I went along for the ride. West recognized my dad in the hotel lobby from his Walla Walla High School days and invited him to a reception. West introduced himself to me as both Adam West and Bill Anderson. Not knowing what to say, I asked him how he and Robin were able to get on a pole in suits and arrive on the bottom in costume, I knew it was a film splice.
West worked in Walla Walla radio and was a graduate of Whitman College. His family says he died after a short bout of leukemia. He was 88.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
The show is said to have started with friends arguing in a bar over tater tots.
The show features talk on contempory topics. It is said to be "no holds barred, no topic-off limits conversation, laughter, and annecdotes." The Men's Room features Miles Montgomery, Steve "The Thrill" Hill, and Thee Ted Smith. The producers are Mike Hawk and Robin Fox.
The popularity of the show has launched a brand of beer, Men's Room Red is a popular local brand, also available are Men's Room Gold, and Men's Room Black. Profits from beer sales go to veteran's causes.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
The irony to this is that McGinn is again running for mayor, a position he lost 4 years ago. Murray is not seeking a second term.
The Key Arena is located on the grounds of the Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World's Fair. It was the home of the Seattle Super Sonics before the team moved to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Hop Jack's is a chain of restaurants with locations primarily in Washington. The Maple Valley Hop Jack's is located at 26420 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE in the Maple Valley Town Square.