Friday, June 02, 2023

Oliver Not So Little

Man, he is getting big! 

Thursday, June 01, 2023

Mullet Joins The Race

State Senator Mark Mullet, an Issaquah Democrat, announced his candidacy for governor today (Thursday, June 1st, 2023).
Mullet joins Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz as Democrats for the open position.

Sound Transit Double Decker Bus

Double decker bus seem in Bellevue. I find them fascinating. They actually make sense in that they take up less room that the articlated buses, but carry more people, thus, better for navigation busy streets.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

1962 World’s Fair - Seattle

A great video that covers the history of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.  I think it's safe to say, this was the most significant part of Seattle history in that every event even up to now, excluding sports on the South end of town, has originated, for the most part, on the grounds.  
It also brought the town it's signiture landmark, The Space Needle. 

Sunday, May 28, 2023

KUJ Owner Verne Russell

Verne Russell was well known in Walla Walla for owning KUJ and the Walla Walla Padres (before that, Islanders, Phillies) Northwest League baseball team. His picture was featured in the Bygone Walla Walla blog.

Russell's iconic sign-off can be found by clicking here.

Leonard Nimoy: The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins - Full Album Version

Back in the 60s and 70s, actors often cut records after achieving TV stardom.   Leonard Nimoy, whose "Spock"  arguably became the most famous extraterrestrial character, did this on Malibu U. 

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Danny Murphy--A Spokane TV Host

 The Bygone Walla Walla blog just ran a feature showing Walla Walla radio personalities from the 50s, 60, and one from the 70s.   This included a picture sent to me from Jaynie Jones, whose brother,, Dan Tory, worked in Walla Walla radio, as we now say "back in the day". 

Included in the article was the picture above of Danny Murphy.  Murphy was from a Walla Walla family, almost all were involved with radio, TV, and theatre.  Danny would go on to KXLY TV in Spokane.  

Danny was the host of the Wallaby show, a children''s program that had a kangaroo in a cage, something you would not see today, but I digress.  We could watch the show, which featured children eating ice cream and such on cable in Walla Walla.  We could also get the other two Spokane stations, KREM, and KHQ (Q-6).

My parents took my sister and I to Spokane one time, where I told them that I wanted to be on the show.  My dad called up the station and was told it was too short of notice.  Apparently, Danny Murphy, whom my parents knew from his Walla Walla days, overheard the receptionist saying "sorry, Mr Barer" or something along those lines.  He was able to pull some strings to get my sister and I on the show.  

For as long as my parents lived, they would never forget Danny Murphy's favor.  

Sadly, Danny Murphy would die a few years later. He was just 42 at the time.