Sunday, May 31, 2015

Quarterflash - Find Another Fool (Music Video 1982)

Originally named "Seafood Mama", the Portland band's name Quarterflash seems fitting, because it's fall seemed almost as sudden as it's rise.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Walla Walla Alternative High School Featured In Film

The Seattle Times reports that an alternative high school in my hometown of Walla Walla has been featured in the Seattle International Film Festival Lincoln High School, gives a second chance to students suffering from behavioral problems, truancy, and substance abuse and features unique learning techniques.  The film, a documentary, is directed by James Redford, the son of film legend Robert Redford. 
Lincoln High School is located in the old Paine School, where I attended 1st grade.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Maple Valley Has New Nightspot

The Lost Dutchman has opened in the Lake Wilderness Village in the North end of Maple Valley.  Recently most of Maple Valley's growth has been in the South end of town known as 4 Corners. We'll have more on this new place after we check it out.

Happy Blogiversary--A Decade Of Barers Of Maple Valley

It didn't seem long ago, everyone in our family was writing a blog. There were blogs for every occasion.  Everyone could be an amateur journalist.  Some still are.  But things have changed, there are more platforms to express your creativity, now there is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, while still others just don't want to share.
Somehow this blog has persevered.   Thank you so much for reading.
To see my first post, click here

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice

With Summer just around the corner, I figure this Beach Boy classic would be good.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Camp Solomon Schechter Promo Video (2014)

The two summers that I spent at Camp Solomon Schechter made a lasting impression on me.  It was my first time away from my parents and the first time that I had been around other Jewish teens.  It also helped give me a much broader vision of life.  I learned about Judaism and social justice. 

When thing I found out was being Jewish from a small town (Walla Walla) could be considered by some to be just as unusual as being Jewish in a small town. Luckily the first time I had my sister and a friend from Pendleton Oregon. The second year, I was in the older session, but had family friend Mimi Arfin and Marla, who was from California, but whose grandparents were part of the Walla Walla Jewish community.

I attended the camp in the summers of 1971 and 1972.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Survivor: Worlds Apart Finale Review and After Show "It's A Fickle, Fick...

Former contestants from past seasons speak to the Survivor finale, where host Jeff Probst dug deeper into one of the contestant's actions.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Elk Run Golf Course Turning Into Farm

The Maple Valley-Covington Reporter reports that Elk Run Golf Course, once one of the finest in the area will soon give way to a farm set up to feed low income residents.  Elk Run Farm is a project of the South King County Food Coalition. 
 In the '90s and early 2000s. a golf boom, probably partly inspired by Tiger Woods, swept the nations. Tee times were hard to come by.  As a result, it seems that developers over built.  As years have gone by, the sport has proven to some to be spendy and time consuming.  Elk Run was amongst many golf course casualties in the area.  Principally because the first nine holes were sold in the Donut Hole purchase. That of course had nothing to do with baked goods, but a purchase of unincorporated property formerly owned by the county, slated to become a housing development and new high school.

Mullet Address The Dems

 State Senator Mark Mullet explains the goings on in the legislature to the 5 District Democrats during their monthly meeting in Issaquah.  Mullet, the first Democrat that the 5th has elected in nearly 20 years, will surely face a tough reelection in 2016.
The 5th also endorsed Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire for reelection and State House Member Zack Hudgins for County Elections Director, which has recently become an elected position.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tracy Taylor Fan Page Nearing 6 K

A facebook  fan page started by me for KING 5 Traffic reporter Tracy Taylor has reached 5680 likes.
I started the page after a post about Tracy on this blog drew a high amount of traffic.  At the time, I did the first post,  she worked for Sportsradio KJR.  Since 2010, Tracy has done traffic on the KING 5 TV Morning News. Soon after she moved to TV, I started the fan page, barely knowing how to set one up.  It has been fun watching it grow.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

No Opponent For Sutton--She Will Be On Issaquah Council

Jennifer Sutton, my follow state committeeperson, did not draw an opponent in her race to serve on the Issaquah City Council.  Considered a moderate in many of  her positions, it would seem that she has an appeal that can cross ideological lines. 
Sutton has said that she will continue to doorbell and introduce herself to Issaquah voters.

Local Radio Guy Talks Sinatra


Veteran Seattle radio voice Dick Curtis dishes about his time handling Frank Sinatra tour on the SeaTac Media blog.  For a fascinating account of Frank Sinatra on tour in the mid-seventies, click here

Friday, May 15, 2015

B. B. King - The Thrill Is Gone (Live at Montreux 1993)

In loving memory

Blues Superstar BB King Dies

B.B. King, who took the Blues into mainstream music after decades of playing, has died at 89.  I first heard of King while visiting my cousin Burl, who at that time (1970) was a DJ at KOL. Burl was visiting family and was talking about seeing King in concert.  He spoke about how great King was. 
Years later, King would release the hit "The Thrill Is Gone".  I got to see King in concert  at Bumbershoot in Seattle, 20  some years ago. King had been suffering from type II diabetes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOMV Writer Mentioned In Ken Levine

TV comedy writer Ken Levine has an incredible blog. He somehow posts at least once everyday.  His writing is very pointed and funny, probable because he has written for some of the best comedies television has shown.  Shows like Mash, Cheers, and Frasier.
I was happy to see that Levine mentioned me in a a post from 2007.  You can find that by clicking here.  I have often commented on his blog, simply because the posts often trigger my imagination.  I'm glad to see this one still pumping out great material.
Levine is also a former play by play announcer for the Seattle Mariners.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Trend LA: Stars Step Out for Paul Mitchell Gala

Courtney Harvey, who works for the E! network, does this report on a stars gala.  Courtney's dad Geoff worked in Walla Walla for K-Hit/XT 97 radio and gave me great encouragement when I sought to enter the broadcast industry.,

Monday, May 11, 2015

Congratulations Felix Hernandez!

He may be the most popular Mariner of all time, Felix Hernandez became the 4th youngest pitcher to  get 2000 strikeouts. It's been a great start for Felix, who has yet to lose a game this season.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Maple Valley Home Featured

KING 5 featured this house in the Maple Valley area, which is being sold to benefit the Children's Hospital in Seattle.  An open house is featured the today (Saturday May 9th) from 1-4 this afternoon.

Big Event For BOMV

May 29th will mark a big milestone in this blog.  Stay tuned!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Sutton City Council Campagn Kicks Off In Issaquah

A group of supporters gathered at the Issasquah Shell Station to kick off the campaign for Jennifer Sutton.
 Jennifer is running for position 3 on the Issaquah City Council. 

Hero Teacher To Throw First Pitch

Brady Olson, the North Thurston High teacher that tackled a student with a gun, will throw out the first pitch at tonight's (May 8th, 2015) Mariner game. The teachers quick actions may have averted another school tragedy. 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Brady Inplicated In Deflategate

An investigation by the NFL has concluded that the NFL's premier quarterback, Tom Brady most likely was aware of under inflated balls  used during last season's AFC Championship game. The Patriots soundly defeated the Indianapolis Colt last January, winning the right to face our Seahawks in the Super Bowl, days later, word got out that balls provided by Patriots employee may have been inflated below NFL rules.
Even Seahawks fans are not blaming doctored balls for the heartbreaking defeat in last February's Super Bowl, but this seriously tarnishes Brady's potential legacy, and as we've seen with baseball players implicated in various scandals, could come to roost when it's time to vote him into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.

Ex President Clinton Sends Tod Letter

My cousin Tod Goldberg, received a thank you letter from ex president Bill Clinton.  Tod had sent Mr. Clinton an inscribed copy of his latest book.  Tod's book Gangsterland is available on Amazon.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Sportsradio KJR Stops The Dance

In the late 90's, Seattle radio listeners could hear Howard Stern, Tom Leykus, and it's own answer to R rated radio Mitch Levy.  Levy and his side kick Jeff "The Fish" Aaron would spend more time "rating girls" and making ribald comments about women in pop culture. As time went on, the show  would grow up, Levy began doing what he did the best, giving valuable sport incite. 
One thing would remain through the years from that crazy time, "The Dance".  The Dance was originally known as "The Bigger Dance" until the NCAA called in a copyright violation.  It would consist of a field of 64 females that were bracketed (names not the actual girls).  It would start the after the last game of the actual Final Four..  The reason I participated was the prize.  The winner would receive a trip to any sporting event in the world.  My choice. would have been the Le Mans Grand Prix.  The contest would get bigger, growing with internet coverage.  In each contest, caller would say their choice. More and more, women were participating.  Their would always be a meet and greet at some bar, where the fans could go into a booth and vote for one of the "final four".  The winner would be know as the "the queen of the hardwood".
Last few years, the excitement wore down and I predicted to demise would be near and sure enough, there was no "The Dance" in 2015.  The contest, after more than maybe a decade and a half, had run it's course. 

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Stand By Me, Ben E King, 1961

In memory of Ben E King, who passed away last week.

Saturday Night In Issaquah

We met our friends Marjie and Rick last night at Pogacha in Issaquah.  The brass band @5 played in the lounge.  They covered everything from modern jazz to 70s rock.  Pogacha is located at 120 NW Gilman Blvd.   @5 is a Seattle band that got it's name from the members assembling at 5:00 to jam.  They have 8 members of all ages and instruments.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Well Known Area Sports Figures Look To Build Suburban Arena

Area news sources are reporting on efforts to build a multi purpose sports arena in Tukwila, a South King County suburb not far from Maple Valley.  Among the investors are well known former Seattle Super Sonic Fred Brown, former Sonic coach and NBA legend Bill Russell, and Ray Bartoszek, who has been trying to land an NHL hockey franchise to move to Seattle. 
The involvement of Brown and Russell suggest that although an NHL franchise would be the most likely first tenant, the building of the arena could lure an eventually NBA team.  The NBA has said that team relocation and/or expansion are not in it's immediate future.  The NHL has not been as clear. 
At this time, there is also an MOU, or memorandum of understanding for Chris Hansen to build an arena in Seattle in his attempt to lure an NBA team to Seattle.  The NBA left Seattle for Oklahoma City in 2008.