Friday, August 17, 2018

My Aunt In The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

I was amused to see my Aunt Dorothy mentioned in this article in the feature section of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.  She would eventually have 3 more grandchildren.  Tod, whose first name was misspelled in this article, is now an author.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Dead At 76

Aretha Franklin, a titan of pop music in our time, died this morning.  She was 76.  
ABC news called her a "cultural icon".  Franklin's career spanned 6 decades, and was the first woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.  She earned 18 Grammys and was awarded the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fence Replacement 2

Trees were left standing and everything was cleaned up.  A big thank you to Estate Fence Supply.

Our New Gate

Estate Fence came in Monday and within hours replaced a section of our fence.  
Our gate, which had to be pushed up to lock, was also replaced.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dr Kim To Face Dino For US House

Dr Kim Schrier, an Issaquah pediatrician, will attempt to become the first ever Democrat to represent Washington's 8th Congressional District.  Shrier, who  conducted a relatively low key campaign edged out former King County prosecutor Jason Rittereiser, who touted his Ellensburg small town roots.
Schrier had volunteers door bell across the district and made phone calls.  I was impressed by the volunteer who stopped by our house not long before I filled out my ballot.  I was called earlier in the year by Schrier herself.
Schrier will face Dino Rossi, who represented the 5LD in the State Senate, but has failed 3 times to be elected to hire office.
Washington's 8th CD is the only one of 10 in this state that has never been represented by a Democrat.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sea-Tac Airplane Theft Spurs My Memory

The plane theft and subsequent crash at Sea Tac was incredible, but it was not the first time that I had heard about someone with no flying experience stealing a plane.  In 8th grade, I had gotten to be friends with a boy named Todd Best.  Todd and I and a group of other friends would hang out after school or go to each other's houses.  Todd told me  of how unhappy he was at home and that he had a dad that flew airplanes.
One day in my English class, someone said that Todd was in a plane crash and nearly dead.  In the middle of the night, Todd and a friend snuck into Martin Field,  a small airport in College Place.  Apparently, thinking that he had seen enough of his father flying and perhaps, having worked controls under his supervision, he thought he could fly to California.  Todd took what I had heard was a brand new airplane and with his buddy, had started the engine and had begun to take off.  How he would navigate the plane to it's proposed destination was probably not considered.  Nor was the fact that he would probably face police and an angry father.
Apparently the plane hit a tree, crashed and burst into flames.  The two boys were rescued and were sent to the Shriner's Hospital in Spokane to recover from burns.
Todd would die from his injuries, the other boy, I would later hear, would survive.  It was the first time a schoolmate would die and it was a very devastating experience.

Mariners Sweep First Place Astros

No one saw this coming, but the Seattle Mariners, not playing their best baseball the last few weeks, completed a four game sweep over the division leading Houston Astros this weekend with a 4-3 extra inning come from behind victory.  
Mariner closer Edwin Diaz had recorded a close in each of the 4 games.  He is baseball's leading closer.  
The series no doubt will reignite Mariner playoff talk around town

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Iconic Haystack Rock In Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach's Haystack Rock crowns one of the most beautiful beaches that I've seen.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Stolen Passenger Plane From Sea Tac Crashes

Passenger airplane stolen from Sea-Tac Airport crashes on island Sent from my LGE LG-TP260

Center Court Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament

Sitting at the main court, it's fun to watch and easy to get into the games.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Seaside Beach Volleyball Tourney

Volleyball nets as far as the eye can see. Probably one of the biggest beach volleyball tournaments around.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The Wayback Machine--Angie Mentink

This is Angie Mazetta, better known in this area as Angie Mentink of  host of Seattle Mariner broadcasts on Root Sports.  
At the time, she played woman's baseball for the Colorado Silver Bullets.  She was previously a softball stand out at the University Of Washington.  
Angie started with Fox Sports Network (now Root Sports) in 1998, making this her 21st year covering Mariner's baseball.  

Monday, August 06, 2018

U-1918 Oberto Beef Jerky Blowover - 2018 Albert Lee Seafair Cup

Cal Phipps was unhurt when his U1918 Oberto Beef Jerky hydroplane flipped and landed right side up during this year's Albert Lee Appliance Cup Seafair race.

Jerry Kramer FULL Hall of Fame Speech | 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame |...

Easily old enough to be the grandfather of most of the other inductees, 82 year old Jerry Kramer ends his long wait to be inducted to his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.  Kramer played guard for the Green Bay Packers from 1958-1968, on a team that won 5 NFL titles.  His Packers also won the first two Super Bowls.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Ed Schultz Dies

Ed Schultz, one of America's unique political commentators died early last month.  Schultz, who worked for Air America a Liberal talk radio network, for a time, is probably best known for the "Ed Show" on MSNBC, which ran from 2009 to 2015. 
I got to meet him in 2008 when he keynoted the Eastside Dinner at the Golf Club At Newcastle.  Schultz was known as a Liberal who liked to hunt and for his plain spoken delivery. 

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The Fish Swims Away

Puget reports that Jeff Aaron, known in local sports broadcasting in the area as "The Fish", has left KRKO in Everett.   Aaron had been in radio in Everett for 16 years, but may be better known as Mitch Levy's likable sidekick on Sportsradio KJR.  
On KJR, Aaron was known for his grasp of sports history, he was often referred to by his co-host as Mr. Trivia.  He left KJR and Levy with a memorable last show. He landed at KRKO in 2002.
A format change to music at KRKO  has prompted his departure.  The Everett Herald is reporting that the Fish is heading for Phoenix to continue his sports broadcasting career.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Alan Alda reveals Parkinson's disease diagnosis

Showing that he had aged like all of us, I was watching CBS Morning News, where one of the most beloved actor of our generation, Alan Alda, revealed his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.

Alda showed the quick wit and upbeat attitude that viewers know when talking about his diagnognosis.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Air Supply - The One That You Love (Live at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmi...

I couldn't find our party, but saw folks I know in this video of Air Supply going out in the crowd in their concert at Snoqualmie Casino in early July.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Live Music At Taste Of The Valley

The Fabulous Johnson's rock the annual Taste Of The Valley festival last night.  The event, which consisted of food along with beer, wine, and liquor tastings, took place at Wilderness Village in Maple Valley.

Acrobatic Entertainment

A Bellevue restaurant with a Las Vegas flair, we watched this acrobat perform at The Suite.

Thursday, July 26, 2018


It was exciting watching this band hit the big time.  A band from here is in the Northwest, that broke barriers and put on a show that was entertaining and personable, lead singer Ann Wilson had an uncanny ability to make every member of the audience feel like she was singing directly to them.

Here is their well deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, from 2013.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Twilight In Maple Valley

Beautiful night in Maple Valley after a super hot day.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Banner Bank

Even though we're less than 300 miles away from my hometown of Walla Walla, it's great to see a branch of Banner Bank.  Banner was originally First Federal Savings And Loan of Walla Walla.  I had my first savings account there. 
This was taken at the Kirkland branch, right next to the Heathman, where Deb and I stay last Thursday for my birthday.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Puget Sound Radio Blog Back

One of my favorite blogs, is back on line after announcing late last month that it would cease publication.  After some adding addition help and an influx of  acquired information, the blog picked up and continued on July 14th.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Over 360 Goldens Come To Scotland

It was a sea of gold at Guisachan  Estate in Tomich, Scotland where over 360 of Golden Retriever's met to celebrate the 150th birthday of the breed.
The event was held at location where the golden retriever was first bred, reports were that the dogs were remarkably well behaved.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Benicio Bryant On KING 5 Feature

A couple of weeks ago, KING 5 came to Maple Valley to do it's "Beyond The Studio" feature.  In this segment, they interviewed local singing sensation Benicio Bryant who has previously been featured in this blog.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

NPI Calls Out Rodney Tom

Rodney Tom is one of the area's more interesting politicians. A Republican member of the state house of representatives from Medina representing the 48th LD, he switched parties from Republican to Democrat.  It was no a surprise since he seemed a little more Liberal than most of his party members. 
He was elected to the state senate as a Democrat, however, he earned the wrath of the Democratic party when he joined a coalition of Conservative Democrats and Republicans to give control of the senate to the Republicans, while becoming Senate majority leader.
He then declined to run for a second term.  
This year, he has returned to run for his old senate seat and the NPI blog has found that Tom has two brochures describing two different Rodneys.   

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hometown History IV--Shorty Bennett Era Begins

The final Wa-Hi coach hire of 1975 was Blaine "Shorty" Bennett.  He had an incredible 45-5 record at Ellensburg High, ironically, the city where his son, Blaine would eventually become the head coach at Central Washington.
Like Jim Thacker, Bennett proved to be a very smart hire, staying at the school for many years until moving on to coach at Whitworth in Spokane.
The Bennetts moved a few blocks away from us, and remember dropping with some mail for them that was delivered to our house by mistake.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lee Goldberg and Lee Goldberg

Cousin Lee Goldberg was has been at a writer's conference in New York where he met with a popular WABC 7 TV weatherman, also named Lee Goldberg.  The TV Lee Goldberg read from the writer Lee Goldberg's book.  Maybe the next time, the writer Lee can do the New York weather.

Hometown History III--Joe Karp Takes Over Wa-Hi Baseball

Another part of the 1975 coaching shakeup was Joe Karp.  When Bill Bieloh was removed as head basketball coach, he resigned as head baseball coach.  Karp was hired from Colville High to replace Bieloh as head baseball coach and be assistant basketball coach to the just hired, Jim Thacker.
Karp had been a head coach of both basketball and baseball at Colville.  He was also a star baseball player at WSU.
In addition to his coaching duties, Karp was also the speech teacher.  I was in his 2nd period speech class.  He was unique in that he had longer hair than most of the other male teachers and never wore a tie.  Instead, he wore pullover shirts.  Kind of a laid back look that was popular in that era.
I remember that every speech in his class got 2 grades, one from him and one from the combined total of classmate's evaluation.  I remember him as a very tight grader.  One student did a demonstration speech of rolling a cigarette using oregano, that his considered funny then, it may not fly today.
Being that I was a senior that year, I don't know how  successful Karp was with the Wa-Hi teams or how long he stayed at the school

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hometown History II-2 New Jims For Wa-Hi Gym

Apparently, the Walla Walla school board took the petition circulated by a group of local citizens very seriously, as the fall of 1975 saw Wa-Hi with a full slate of new coaches.  Jim Thacker, who had incredible success coaching at smaller high schools in the Northwest,  was hired as head boys basketball coach, along with Jim Meredith, a well known WSU basketball standout who would be Thacker's assistant.  
Thacker and Meredith were emblematic of a new era of young, upwardly mobile coaches that would be hired at high schools and colleges.  There ranks would include, Dennis Erickson, Pete Carroll, etc.  Thacker got off to a rocky start in his first, but did get the team into the playoffs (with a regular season record under .500) where they placed number 8 in the state. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Home Town History--Handfull Of Local Sports Fans Grow Impatient With Local Coaches.

In the mid 70s, while I was a student at Wa-Hi, a group of local fans decided that our high school athletic teams were not competitive in it's conference, which consisted of schools in Yakima, Tri Cities, Wenatchee, and Moses Lake and made headlines in the Walla WAlla UB by circulating a petition to replace the current coaches.
  This inspired another petition by supporters of the program and coaches to continue as it is
Before my Senior year, in the fall of 1975 (I was class of '76), three  new head coaches and one assistant coach were hired. All from other Washington cities.
We will present more on this topic soon.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hanging At Redmond Derby Days

Neil Diamond impressionist for the band Cherry Cherry wades into the crowd for "Kentucky Woman".

Our Summer Joint

Every summer, we try to have dinner at least once at the Triple X in issaquah.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Deb and I enjoy a free desert after having dinner at Salty's at Redondo Beach in South Puget Sound last Sunday.  We were celebrating our 23rd anniversary.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Former Sonic Lonnie Shelton

I was saddened to read of the death of Lonnie Shelton.   Shelton helped lead the Seattle Super Sonics to the NBA title in the 1978-79 season.  It was an exciting time for Northwest sports fans.  
Shelton came to Seattle as a compensation player after the team lost Center Marvin Webster to the Knicks.  Shelton was a power forward known for his hard physical play. 
At the time that Shelton joined the Sonics, he was not new to the Northwest.  He played his college ball at Oregon State.

Monday, July 09, 2018

KING 5 TV Goes To Maple Valley

I was surprised to flip on the TV and see KING 5 crew reporting on our town of Maple Valley.  It looks like they were well received and everyone enjoyed their coffee.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Celebrating 23 Years!

Taken at our wedding, Grand Atrium, Seattle on July 8th 1995.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Air Supply Concert

The Australian band Air Supply performed tonight at the outdoor stage at Snoqualmie Casino. Below is lead singer, Russell Hitchcock.  The other principal in the band is Graham Russell, who plays guitar and also shares lead singing duties as well as writes many songs.  
The band interacted well with the crowd, at one point going down every aisle while performing. 

Dasher Gets In Wrong Pool

We had already filled the little pool for Dasher, but he wanted to lay in the bigger pool with no water.  Fun with the dog on the 4th!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Visit To Palouse Falls

This is actually a combination of 2 videos that I made during our visit.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Is There A Pot Of Gold At The Whitman?

A big rainbow greeted us when we drove into Walla Walla last weekend. After a second look, it seems the rainbow ends at the Baker-Boyer Bank.

Seahawk Safety Kam Chancellor Ends Career

The risk of paralysis after a season ending neck injury was has caused Kam Chancellor to retire.  Chancellor, a 4 time Pro Bowler, has been with the Seahawks since 2010 when he was drafted out of Virginia Tech.
Chancellor was a key player in the Seahawk defensive backfield known as the "Legion Of Boom" that help bring the Seahawks it's first Super Bowl championship in 2014.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Lebron Now A Laker

Michael Jordan never played for the Lakers, but Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West , Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neil, and Kobe Bryant have all played for what can jokingly be called the NBA other Hall Of Fame.  Now Lebron James will join all the greats who either started with the team or joined late in their career.  
In a move that surprised no one, James announced that he will sign a 4 year  154 million deal with the Lakers.
After returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, James lead to the team to it's first NBA championship in 2016.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Bledsoe Winery

Ex NFL great Drew Bledsoe now operates a public tasting room in his native Walla Walla. 
Drew has a by appointment only tasting room elsewhere in the town. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Palouse Falls

It's a little out of the way, but on the way to Walla Walla, we stopped by Palouse Falls, it is between the towns of Washtucna and Starbuck.
It is the first time that I had visited the falls in probably 40 years and could really appreciate it's beauty. 
Palouse Falls is at the confluence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Lots Of School Spirit

Between Othello and Washtucna, a farmer declares his love of the WSU Cougars.

Lorraine: Impact of Barer Fellowship

A great program started with a donation by my cousin Stan and his wife Alta.    More on this on a later date.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Mariners Win Number 50

Nothing is guaranteed, but what the Seattle Mariner fans have is hope as the team won it's 50th game yesterday, beating Baltimore 8-7.  
 The team lost a 5-4 lead in the 8th inning when Chis Davis hit a 3 run homer in the 8th.  Kyle Seeger then tied the game in the 9th with a  2 run blast.   Denard Span (above right) hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th to bring home Jean Segura for the winning score.  
The win came at the midway point in the season.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Parents Speak Out After Football Player Son’s Suicide: ‘It Was A Shock T...

One of the most tragic events in WSU Cougar history was the suicide of promising quarterback Tyler Hilinski.  In this Today Show interview, Tyler's parents reveal what may have brought it on.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dasher Swims The Snoqualmie

On a hot Sunday, Dasher jumps into the Snoqualmie River after hiking with our friends.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Summer Night On The Deck At DaVine Whiskey And Wine Bar

Deb and I, went to DaVine Whiskey and Wine Bar for dinner last night and sat on the deck with Dasher.  Our food server, Danielle was very enthusiastic and helpful.  
The wine sipping spot, about 8 years old, is located in the Wilderness Village shopping area in Maple Valley. Over the years, it's offerings have been expanded.  It now offers a light menu, wine, whiskey and cocktails.  
I had the street tacos and the 5 Star Merlot.  It was delicious and the beautiful sunset added to the backdrop.  It was a great way to top off a beautiful day in Maple Valley.  
DaVine is located at 23836 222nd Pl SE #106 in Maple Valley.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Farmers Market Is Back

The Maple Valley Farmers Market is up and running. It takes place every Saturday through the summer at Rock Creek Elementary School.

Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke

This video has been going viral on facebook.  As well as being cute, there is some great history.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Levine Podcast--How Do Writers Know What's Funny?

Veteran comedy writer Ken Levine, who has written for shows like Mash, Frasier, and Cheers, talks about how writers can get a feel of what audiences will think is funny.  You can catch that on his weekly podcast by clicking here. 
Levine, perhaps TV's best comedy writer, has had a new blog post every day for the last 12 or 13 years.  His weekly podcast, started a little over a year ago.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scoop Jackson Spoke In Walla Walla On July 4th 1976

The most serious run for president by a Washingtonian, up to this point, was in 1976 when Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson tossed his hat into the ring.  He won the Massachusetts and New York Primaries, but his loss in Pennsylvania knocked him out of the race.  
That very summer, Jackson spoke at Pioneer Park in Walla Walla at the city's 4th Of July celebration.  It was a big find for the small town on the nation's bicentennial.
Jackson's most memorable quote was that his campaign was "a remarkable  bicentennial tour of the United States--until I hit Pennsylvania" the self-deprecating, good natured reference to what may have been the darkest day of his career  drew laughter for the crowd.
I was in the crowd with my family to watch the speech.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hallelulah, Brandi Carlile and Tahoma Choir, Maple Valley, WA, 2018

Another great video of Brandi performing at Tahoma High School earlier this month with young home grown talent.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Music At Maple Valley Coffee/Wine Bar

Two brothers entertain coffee and wine sippers at Ristrettos on Kent-Kangley Road in Maple Valley on Saturday night.  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Al Garman Will Be Missed

Washington State Democrats, gathering for their bi-annual convention this weekend got some  sad news.  Al Garman (bottom picture),  photographer  and history recorder for the Washington State Democratic Party had passed away.
In a political party split on various issues, one thing everyone could agree on was that Al was a party treasure.  He took the picture at the top of me during a State Committee meeting in Lynnwood.
By trade, he was a cabinet maker.  Al Garman had been battling cancer for years.

Father's Day 2018

Have a  Happy Father's Day!! Still missing mine.