Sunday, July 30, 2017
Brakeman Bill would wear overalls and a hat reminiscent of a train worker. His sidekick was a hand puppet named Crazy Donkey.
Friday, July 28, 2017
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.