Saturday, March 28, 2020

Remembering Aaron J Barer, Sr

Aunt Carol was calling on the cell as I was about to leave work, Wednesday.  We stay in touch, so it was no big deal.  When she asked how I was doing, though, I knew something wasn't right.
Aaron Barer, my cousin Stan's son had died.  It was a shock, but not really a surprise, I had last  seen him at his mother's memorial service last June.  I knew that beyond his despair of losing his Mom, he was not well.
I remember Aaron as a youngster, he was a cute kid with brown hair mixed with some blond streaks from his mother.  He was a happy and articulate young boy.  Since moving to the Seattle area, I would see him at family events.
Aaron's first cousins, Lee and Tod have done a good job profiling Aaron in their posts on Facebook.
Aaron and I talked to each other on social media.  He eventually became a no show at family gatherings.
Aaron Barer, Sr was 42.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Cougar Player Bryce Beekman Found Dead

In what has become a dismal month, WSU football player Bryce Beekman, 22, a defensive back, was found dead in his home.  
Beekman  was a transfer from Arizona Western and started all 13 games for the Cougs. He was 5th on the team with 60 tackles.  
The death is still under investigation.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Peter Jackson--Son Of Washington Icon

In my childhood, my parents, who were very active in politics, would get a card around Christmas time from Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson.  It would show his family, including children Anna Marie and Peter.
Peter grew up and like his father, carved a career in politics, not as a candidate, but as an editorial page editor  for the Everett Herald and the online publication, Crosscut.
He had also been a speech writer for Washington governors Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire.
I didn't meet Peter in person, but we became acquainted on Facebook.  I shared my memories of political history with him, including his Dad's speech on the 4th Of July in Walla Walla.  Scoop Jackson had just dropped out of the 1976 presidential race.
We both attended the memorial service for my Cousin Stan's wife Alta, but I was not aware of his presence.  He had left early because he was not feeling well.
In 2016, Jackson revealed that he had pancreatic cancer.  He died last Saturday.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Inslee Orders Non Essential Businesses Closed--Orders Stay At Home For State Residents

Going one step up from previous edicts, Governor Jay Inslee ordered the closure of non essential businesses around the state and ordered residents to stay at home to ride out the Corona Virus.
The order has garnered criticism from both sides with one side saying it didn't arrive soon enough and is too weak. 
The other side says it is overreach and will lead to economic disaster.  
My guess is more restrictions will come down from Olympia.
Click here for more information on the Governor's order.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Neil Diamond “Hands.. washing hands”



Neil Diamond tries to bring a little hope to a frightened world with this rewritten version of Sweet Caroline.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In



Back then, the idea of Kenny Rogers performing this song did not seem as crazy as it might today.  Just listen to the words!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Kenny Rogers Dies At 81

Kenny Rogers, whose classic songs and crossover  appeal made him a part of  American lore, is dead at 81. Rogers signature song The Gambler, led to the making of a TV movie in which he starred.  A duet with Dolly Parton, Islands In The Stream also became a classic on both the pop and country charts. He was also known for the ballad, "Lady", as well as "Lucille" and many more hits.  He was a three time Grammy winner and a 6 time Country Music Award winner.
Rogers died in Sandy Springs, Georgia.