Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review Of Evening With Dionne Warwick

We made a nearly impromptu trip this last weekend to Las Vegas to watch Dionne Warwick perform in Cleopatra's Barge at Caesar's Palace. Warwick whose musical career was launched in the turbulent 1960's, can easily be called one of the greatest entertainers of our generation.  She has a voice as smooth as silk and an electric presence.  Her teaming partnership with musical writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David has given us a complete catalogue of timeless easy listening numbers like "Walk On By" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose"
In the small venue, Warwick played with a 4 piece back up band.  Looking grandmotherly, her voice has also matured like wine.  She displayed a little bit of her famously prickly personality but in a loving way when she said "Good Evening", when the crowd just clapped she said, "When I say good evening, you say good  evening, back" and the crowd was happy to oblige.   She began her set with "Walk On By", a song that had been playing in my head all day.
I won't spoil the finale, or the surprises in the show, but I highly recommend this performance.
Although, I have always been a fan of rock and roll, I have  also enjoyed the middle of the road music of Warwick and the songs of Burt Bacharach.  While much social change has been forged with rock and folk music, it can be said that Warwick worked the middle ground with songs like "What The World Needs Now" and "That's What Friends Are For".

Monday, November 11, 2019

Huge Win On MNF For Seahawks

The Seahawks are in the hunt for a division title as they took down the previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers 27-24 in overtime in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.
  Josh Myers hit a game winning field goal with seconds remaining to give the Hawks the win.  It was after the 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin missed a game winning field goal in the overtime.
It was perhaps the biggest upset of the year, as most observers saw the 49ers as a more well rounded team. The Seahawks remain on half game behind the 49ers for the division lead.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sounders Win

Congrats to the Sounders FC for beating Toronto 3-1 to win the MLS Cup.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Cougars Featured On HBO

WSU is one of four schools featured on the HBO series 24/7.  The show, I guess, is based on Hard Knocks, which is an in depth look at NFL teams.
The WSU episode features  Coach Mike Leach who is shown walking from his house to his office on the campus.   It shows the day by day practices, the coaches philosophy and sits in on the players goofing around.  Specifically, starting quarterback Anthony Gordon.  
Miked up (no pun intended)  football practices are not new to TV,  but this show does a sequential day by day look at each practice, making it indeed unique.
Leach is a natural for this type of program because of his successful but quirky nature.
Also featured is Glenn Johnson, who is the football stadium announcer as well as Pullman's mayor.  He is no doubt, the most visible Pullman resident.  He could be called the "face of the city", however, "voice of the city" would be more accurate.  Johnson says that he has been mayor since 2004 and has not had opposition, quite remarkable when you consider the myriad of different ideas and viewpoints which come together on a college campus.   It is safe to say that Johnson, my old communications professor, known to Glenn by his students can be called a WSU legend.
More info on the program can be found here.

Friday, November 08, 2019

New Medical Clinic Coming

A new clinic is in the process of being built in Maple Valley, not far from our house.

Senator Walsh Will Not Run

One of  Washington's most colorful politicians, Republican Senator Maureen Walsh, has announced that she will not seek a second term in the state senate for the 16th District.  
Walsh, from Walla Walla, started her elected career in the house in 2005.  She had previously been a legislative aide.  
Walla Walla had not received much national notice until her viral video on marriage equality.  It earned her affection from across the aisle and nationwide.  
A second speech on the floor as a senator last spring would also go viral, this time angering many groups by suggesting nurses spend too much time playing cards.  She was actually advocating against shift limits for staffing smaller emergency hospitals. 

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Cowsills - The Rain, The Park, and Other Things - Happy Together Tour 20...

Flashback to a concert we watched a couple summers ago at the Snoqualmie Casino.  Cowsills were one of a number of bands from the 60s and 70s who performed along with the Turtles.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Paul and Mary Hopkin- Goodbye

Mary Hopkin, a 60's sensation, sings probably her most popular song with Paul McCartney, the song's composer.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Rudy Boesch, Navy Seal and Survivor Contestant

Rudy Boesch, a Navy Seal veteran who appeared on the first Survivor season had died.  He was 91. Known by his first name to viewers. Rudy was salty but lovable. He clashed with seemingly privileged young and beautiful people as the show featuring strangers living together on an island was launched.  
Rudy's colorful personality, kind of a living "Popeye", was instrumental in making the show a success. It still airs with a two seasons every year after almost two decades.  Each season has a new set of contestants.
Survivor was one of the first of the so-called reality shows featuring competition amongst it's contestants.  It inspired a glut of similar shows like The Apprentice, which was perhaps helped Donald Trump cast an image as a tough boss. 

Monday, November 04, 2019

Watching The Wildlife

While walking the dogs near our friend's house on the outskirts of North Bend, we were able to observe a huge heard of elk.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Go Hawks

Watching the game at No Boat Brewery in Snoqualmie.

Former Athletic Director At WSU Jankovich Dies

Sam Jankovich, who was AD at WSU when I attended  school there has died.  Jankovich  was a somewhat polarizing figure at the school as equal funding for women's athletics began taking the center stage.  Jankovich also arranged for an expansion of the WSU stadium in 1979, allowing all home games to be played on campus.   Major college games before the expansion were played in nearby Spokane, except for team visiting schools like California, Stanford, and Idaho. 
In 1983, Jankovich became AD at the University Of  Miami and helped build a football powerhouse. 
 He would move over to the New England Patriots in 1990, at the time, one of the worst franchises in professional sports.  He would leave that position after a couple of years.  
Jankovich was 85.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Nationals Win World Series

The Washington Nationals came from the brink of elimination to take the 2019 World Series in 7 games.  The series was remarkable in the fact that neither team won in their home ball park.  
This is the first title for the Nationals, who were once the Montreal Expos.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Longtime Mariner Announcer Ron Fairley Dies

Ron Fairley, a Mariner commentator and announcer during some of the team's best years has died.  He was 81.  
Fairley, known as "Red" was in the team's booth from 1993 to 2006, although he did fill in work for the team after his departure. 
Fairley played in the Majors for 21 years, his best with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning 3 World Series titles.  
A little known fact is he played as in the All Star Game for the Montreal Expos in 1973 and was an All Star from the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977.  He is the only player to have  represented both Canadian teams in the Summer Classic.
He started his broadcasting career with the San Francisco Giants in 1987, before joining the M's.
I loved Fairley because of his stories while on the air.  He would talk about his playing days in the 60s, a time when the baseball really mattered.  That was the time that I discovered baseball and had a huge baseball card collection.  When I watched my first World Series on TV.  I read every baseball book that I could get my hands on  and could never wait to watch the Saturday national telecast.
Not everyone was a fan of Fairley's and many thought of him as a cornball.  But maybe most of his critics weren't fans during that era.  Maybe baseball could use a little cornball.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Burl Barer From The Mid 1980s

In this picture from 1986, my cousin, Burl Barer is pictured with family friend, Bill Grant and then Washington Governor Booth Gardiner.  Burl is leaning against the wall, third from the left.
At the time, Grant was campaigning for the Washington State Legislature.  He would be successful and serve until his death in 2009.
This was taken in front of Walla Walla's old Liberty Theatre, which had closed years before and was used as a campaign headquarters. 
This was on the Bygone Walla Walla blog. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Beautiful Sunday In Maple Valley

Mt Rainier was clearly visible as beautiful weather returned to the area.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Fall Colors

Looking down the street at the brightly colored leaves on the trees.  They will all be gone soon.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cougar Basketball Will Honor Coach Raveling

On February 9 of this next year, the Washington State Cougars will honor Legendary Coach George Raveling.  I know it's  cliché, but Raveling put WSU basketball on the map.  Raveling was a product of the East Coast, growing up in Washington, DC and going to college at Villanova. He would become assistant coach at Villanova and then Maryland.
In 1972, Raveling was named basketball coach at Washington State University, the first African-American coach in what was then the Pac 8.  I can only imagine what a leap of faith it was for a man to cross the entire country to a relatively small and isolated town in Eastern Washington.  At the time, black coaches in any level of any sport were very rare. 
Raveling, who had a listed number in the Pullman phone book, was the basketball coach when I attended WSU from 1976 to 1981.
Raveling took the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament in 1980 and 1983.
Raveling would later coach at Iowa and then, USC.  He retired from coaching after a serious auto accident in 1984.
Raveling has been inducted into both the both Naismith Memorial Hall Of Fame and the College Basketball Hall Of Fame

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Seahawks Game

Deb and I posed for this picture with our friends at last Sunday's Seahawk game.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Ravens Peck On Seahawks

We were at Century Link Field yesterday where the Seahawks fell to the Baltimore Ravens 30-16. Playing at home, the Seahawks couldn't seem to execute on either side of the ball.  
Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson threw his first interception of the year. It was a costly one as Marcus Peters ran in 67 yards with the pick.  
The Seahawk offense could not seem to get on the attack after that and the defense was stymied by Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson's  rushing.  
I won't say how annoying the relatively small contingent of Ravens were in celebrating the win because I do not want to give them the satisfaction. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Go Seahawks!

We will be at the Seahawks vs Ravens game today.  Earl Thomas will return to Seattle as a Raven.  I'll post any good pictures that I can get.
Congratulations to the  WSU Cougars for returning to their winning ways.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Maple Valley's Brandi Carlile Sings Joni Mitchell

This past week, Brandi Carlile performed songs from Joni Mitchell's iconic "Blue" album to a crowd in LA's Disney Hall.  In attendance was Carlile's childhood idol Elton John and Michell herself
According to Variety, Carlile did the performance without notes or teleprompter,  a feat even John thought was amazing. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

ABC 1989 World Series Game 3 Earthquake

30 years ago today! October 17th, 1989.   I remember it so well.  I had just moved to Seattle in late May of '89 and was living in a house with two other people in the Juanita area of Kirkland.

The World Series, much bigger than it seems to be this day was between two teams from the San Francisco Bay Area.  The San Francisco Giants from the National League and the Oakland Athletics  from the American League.

I had been looking forward to watching the game on TV.   I turned the TV  on and watched the pregame buildup.  Suddenly when I was watching (as shown in this video) I heard someone say "earthquake".  

An earthquake had just struck during the World Series between the two teams from that area.  I remember KOMO news crew came on, Kerry Brock was one of the anchors and I believe Dan Lewis.  The coverage was totally on the destruction in the Bay Area.

There was some cause for concern as my brother was going to college in San Francisco. I turned out that he was alright.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dasher At The Pumpkin Patch

We went to Thomasson Family Farm in Enumclaw last Sunday.  Although dogs are not allowed in most of the  area where the food is sold and the petting farm are located, they are allowed in the pumpkin patch.  We took this photo of Dasher there, although we did not buy a pumpkin.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Autumn In Maple Valley

I had the day off yesterday and took a moment on the way to Starbucks to take a picture of the Fall colors.  Mount Rainier is barely visible in the background.

Haunted House '66

This house in Walla Walla was just a few blocks from our house on Palouse Street.  I thought that it looked like a haunted house, even before it was designated as such.  It became the Little Theatre Guild's haunted house for 1966.
A couple months after it closed,  the local fire department staged a "practice burn".  They set the house on fire and proceeded to extinguish the flame.  
The house was later torn down to make way for apartments.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Remember Walla Walla's Haunted House Of '65

A post on Joe Drazan's Bygone Walla Walla page brought back memories, in the mid 60s, my parents were very involved with Walla Walla's Little Theatre.  My dad was even in a few productions.  My brother Danny was also involved at one point. 
Around Halloween, they would stage a haunted house to help raise funds.  My dad is mentioned in the newspaper article for his involvement in the set up.  Costumes and props were probably of little problem since it was a theatre. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Seahawks Get Quality Road Win

The Seattle Seahawks overcame a slow start, a loud stadium and a Cleveland  team that came ready to play to beat the Browns 32-28.
The Browns raced out to a 20-6 lead, not where you want to start when you're in Cleveland,  but the Hawks rallied toward the end of the half.  The Seahawks were down by just two at halftime.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes, both to Jaren Brown and rushed for a third.  He wound up with 295 passing yards.  Running back Chris Carson had 124 yards and one touchdown.   The defense forced 4 turnovers.

Saturday Night At Issaquah's Vino Bella

A great night out with friends at Vino Bella, the wine bar on Front Street in Issaquah.  We watched the band Show Nuff Funk, who rocked the house with R and B and Jazz.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Big Football Weekend

Cougars will try to get their winning ways back on Saturday, while the Seahawks fly to Cleveland to take on the Browns  Sunday.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Monday, October 07, 2019

Issaquah Salmon Days A Hit

Cotton candy in the shape of cartoon animals was a popular booth at the 2019  rendition of Issaquah Salmon Days.  Warm and sunny weather and no Seahawk game, combined to help bring big crowds  out Sunday.  
Since the outdoor festival takes place in the first week of October in the Eastside town, the weather outlook can vary year by year. 

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Cream Drummer Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker , the drummer for classic rock band, Cream has died. Cream was at the time considered Album rock, getting airplay on FM stations, but not in  the heavy rotation top 40 AM radio stations of the time.  The band featured the legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, who did foray occasionally in top 40 hits, and bass player Jack Bruce.
Baker and Clapton would later join Traffic keyboard player, Steve Winwood and Bassist Ric Grech in the band Blind Faith in 1969 for one album and tour. 
Ginger Baker was 84.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Diahann Carroll Dies

Diahann Carroll, who broke barriers in the sitcom, Julia, has died at 84.  The show, which ran in the late 60s and  early 70s on NBC, featured Carroll playing a widow, raising a son.  It was maybe the first network show to feature a black woman playing a professional worker.  Julia worked as a nurse for a gruff but lovable  doctor, who was played by Lloyd Nolan. 
She would later play a character in dynasty. 
Carroll also performed on Broadway and in nightclubs.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Paul Allen Joins Ring Of Honor

Here is the beautiful ceremony inducting Paul Allen into the Seahawks Ring Of Honor.

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It was close, but the Seahawks would not let themselves lose, or at the elements would not let them lose as a last minute field goal by the Rams, which would have won the game, went wide.

The game was special in that the late owner of the Seahawks, Paul Allen was inducted into the Ring Of Honor.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Seahawks Against The Rams On TNF

After a short turnaround from a victory over Arizona, The Seahawks face the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Walla Walla Native Set A Record At The U

My Uncle wanted me to mention that Dean Derby, who was in his graduating class at Wa-Hi, set the University of Washington football record for longest run from scrimmage.  I believe that he may still hold that record. 
My mother also graduated from Walla Walla High School with Derby.  He would play in the NFL with Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Paul Allen Who Saved The Seahawks Will Enter Ring Of Honor

Paul Allen, who pulled a miracle and stopped the Seahawks from moving to LA, will be inducted this Thursday into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor.  By coincidence, Allen would be inductee number 12.  The term 12 has been often used for fans or anyone giving the team support off the field. Allen died last year.
Allen's sister and current owner of team, Jody Allen, will raise the 12 flag before the Seahawks vs Rams game.
For names of other inductees into the ring, click here

Sunday, September 29, 2019

L'Shana Tovah!

My Son The Waiter--Review

I had never heard of Brad Zimmerman, but my co-worker had mentioned to my wife and I how funny  "My Son The Waiter--A Jewish Tragedy" would be, so we decided to watch it at the Kirkland Performance Center last night.
Jewish jokes and jokes about growing up Jewish are one of the oldest forms of comedy and yet Brad makes it work.
The slim athletic looking Zimmerman excelled in sports as a child, but felt that his calling was acting.  He moved to New York and wound up working as a waiter for many years.  The performance, while funny seemed to have a somewhat angry tone and he talked about his favorite and maybe least favorite customers.  Indeed, working in the New York service industry would indeed be a challenge.
He talked about his parents who saw their friend's children become very successful, while he toiled as a waiter.
The show was interactive as he poked fun at certain members of the audience in Don Rickles style, especially picking on a designated "gentile" in the front row.
He made the obligatory mentions of pop culture figures.  Chief on the list of his pet peeves was today's football players celebrating touchdowns.  He referred to Chicago Bear running back Gail Sayers (from the 60s) who would hand the ball over to officials after making incredible touchdowns. Zimmerman said the he doesn't celebrate after making a funny joke, demonstrating with his own version of a celebratory dance that he continued throughout the rest of the show.
Zimmerman had worked with such celebrities as Joan Rivers, George Carlin, and Brad Garrett.
Zimmerman sold his  book (above in my right hand), which he signed for me and other audience members after the performance.

Batman's Burt Ward

Burt Ward, who played Robin and his alter ego Dick Grayson and wife Tracy Ward, address Adam West Day attendees in Walla Walla in a Q And A by videoconference.  Robin was Batman's crimefighting sidekick in the 60s ABC TV show.
In the lower right hand corner is Jonathan Grant, one of the founders of Adam West Day.  Thank you to Amanda of Walla Walla, who attended the conference and took the picture.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Felix Hernandez To Make Last Start Tonight

Like all great stories, the legend that is Felix Hernandez is scheduled to come to an end tonight.
The right handed phenom who has pitched his entire career with the Mariners, a team that never made the post season during his tenure.
Hernandez, known to M's fans by his first name pitched the Mariners only perfect game.  He has also won the Cy Young Award for best pitcher in 2010.  
He had a section of the Mariner stadium full of fan's known as the King's Court.
In recent years, his production has fallen, last year, he was 8-14 on a team with a winning record.  It was obvious that his best years were behind him.  
Still, we remember the great years and we salute a player whose loyalty to the team,  may have cost him the chance to play in a World Series.  Congrats Felix!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dave Grosby Retires

Seattle Sports Reporter and talk show host Dave Grosby retired from his regular radio show last Friday.
 Grosby has worked in broadcasting for 29 years, becoming well known reporting sports on KIRO radio before teaming up with Mike Gastineau on Sportsradio 950 KJR.  He returned to KIRO AM when it became 710ESPN, a full time sports station.
Grosby says that he will still be involved with the station in various ways.
Above, Gros is pictured in the top center with the Mariner broadcast crew after throwing out the first pitch at last night's game.  Thank you to Dave Sims (left) for the picture.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Walla Walla's Adam West Day Features Robin

Adam West Day in Walla Walla seems to be thriving and my actually be getting bigger.  The celebration which takes place in West's native town around the time of the late TV star's birthday in mid September.  Super Fan Jonathan Grant along with like minded friends set up the celebration to honor the star who played the iconic role of Batman in the mid 60's TV show of the same name in the months after West's death from leukemia in 2017.
This year, the celebration featured Burt Ward, who played Robin and his alter ego Dick Grayson.  Ward and his wife, Tracy, appeared by videoconference.   Ward told stories about working with Adam West.  Although he appeared invincible on TV, in reality, the first few days of shooting the show would land him in the emergency room frequently.   The Batmobile, the Batcopter, and a number of characters related to the show also made an appearance according to the Walla Walla U-B.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Trip To Spokane--WSU Game

I had a great weekend, WSU Cougars game not withstanding.  We have been invited for years to the WSU Shriner's game where my friend Louie is active in supporting the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Spokane.  
On Friday, I flew with my friends to Spokane  where we got our rooms at the Northern Quest Casino.  We joined friends for dinner that night at Fire Artisan Pizza in downtown Spokane.
On Saturday, we took the one and twenty minute bus ride to Pullman for the game.  We had a stop before we left Spokane at the Shriner's Hospital for a brief presentation.
Upon arriving in Pullman in late afternoon, our group of about 50 began selling T-shirts (above) in the WSU to benefit the Shriner's Hospital.  It has been a 30 year tradition that he has raised money for the hospital.
Last year's Cougar Quarterback, Gardner Minschew (bottom picture), hot off a great game Thursday filling in for Nick Foles of the Jacksonville Jaguars had flown in for the game.  The crowd gave a rousing cheer for the lovable Minschew.
The game was great until our Cougars blew a 49-17 lead over the UCLA Bruins to be defeated 67-63 it was a collapse of epic proportions.
The mood on the bus was rather subdued as we bussed back to Spokane after a game that ended at 11:30 in the evening.
Today, we all flew back to Seattle.