Friday, May 31, 2019

Sunriver Trip II--We'll Ride Them Someday

Wild horses may not drag you away, but they may block the road you travel.  These horses were seen on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Trip To Sunriver--Cool Statues

We spent part of the Memorial Day Holiday in Sunriver Oregon.  After a lunch stop in Sandy Oregon at the Smoky Hearth, we found these statues of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe in front of the Sandy Cinema in the same strip mall.

Popular Former Seattle Radio Duo Return In Podcast

It lasted over an hour and covered a variety of topics, but chances are, most listeners skipped to the very end of the podcast to find out what they really wanted to know.  The firing of Ron And Don, the highly rated afternoon drive team at 97.3 KIRO FM.
Last year,  Mitch Levy, who lost his job, after being caught in a prostitution sting, reappeared on his own podcast tearfully contrite.
By contrast, with Ron and Don, it was said to be simply a matter of the station choosing not to renew their contract.  Don O'Neill, always the most vocal of the pair could not conceal his anger, maybe not so much that the firing had taken place, although, he emphasized the high ratings that the show had achieved, but the way the station had chosen to bring down the axe.
The pair are now in the real estate business and sponsor the podcast as such.  A welcome addition is Don's son "G-Force" who did some of the "bumpers" during the pod.
You can hear the podcast of Ron Upshaw and Don O'Neill by clicking here. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Derek Hough Tour in Seattle-A 05-25-2019

A sample of Derek Hough concert at Benaroya Hall.  Hough is a dancer and choreographer most famous for his work on Dancing With The Stars .

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Bart Starr

CNN reports the passing of Green Bay quarterback legend Bart Starr.  He was 85. 
Starr was the winning quarterback in the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and '68. 
Starr and the late Johnny Unitas were considered the "gold standard" of quarterbacks of that era.

Derek Hough Live At Benaroya

Deb and I spent an enjoyable night at Downtown Seattle's Benaroya Hall to watch Derek Hough (bottom picture) and his dance troupe.  Hough was one of the most accomplished and popular choreographers on Dancing With The Stars.
Hough said he enjoyed performing live because of the ability to feed off the energy of the crowd.  Indeed, he often went into the crowd and had audience members come up on stage.
Our seats were excellent although the lighting and constant motion made it impossible to really take a great picture of the performers.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Long Lost Family Photos

Thank you to my cousin (bottom picture, front row second from right) for digging through her "attic" and finding these pictures. They were taken at a Sunday picnic in our backyard, one day after my brother Steve's Bar Mitzvah in August of 1984.
Of note, Cousin Burl is holding son, Jordan in the back left of the top picture.  Steve is between him and me with glasses.  
My grandmother, Esther Barer is in both pictures.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pedal Car On Display

This is one of two pedal cars that my sister and I had as children.  My wife and I found this when my dad moved out of his house in Walla Walla in 2000.
It has been on display at The UPS Store in Crossroads Bellevue for about 10 years.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Rodman Son Set To Play For Cougs

Sources say DJ Rodman, the son of NBA great Dennis Rodman, has committed to the Washington State Cougar basketball program.  
The Cougs are trying to improve their PAC 12 fortunes under rookie head coach Kyle Smith.  
Rodman is a 6'6 190 pound forward from JSerra  Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Monday, May 20, 2019

O'Day Stars In Radio Documentary

A look at four iconic disc jockeys includes Seattle radio legend Pat O'Day, according to the Puget Sound Media blog.  The movie, done in documentary format, is available on Amazon Prime.
The show, which is called "I Am What I Play" also features Meg Griffin, who I listen to on Sirius/XM channel 26, as well as Dave Marsden and Charles Laquidera.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Skating Polly Rocks Bothell

The 2 woman, one man alternative rock trio Skating Polly was one of the bands entertaining fans at the Bothell Block Party and Brew Fest this weekend.
Close to 30 micro breweries and wine cellars gave samples at the event.  There were shuttles operating to keep celebrants off the road, as well as a booth that measured alcohol content for anyone thinking they could drive after the festival.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Former KIRO Team Ron And Don Will Begin A Podcast

Our friends at post that Ron And Don, longtime stalwarts of Seattle drive time radio will return with a podcast.   The pair, who talked their way into the hearts of Seattle listeners including my own, left the air suddenly in January.
For a countdown clock to their first podcast drop, click here.

Early Burl Barer

Off the blog, this snip taken from Burl Barer, at the time working in Seattle rock radio, doing a guest DJ appearance at Nathan Hale High's radio station KNHC Click Here

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Retiring From Football

We salute Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin, who is retiring from the Seahawks.   Baldwin leaves with 493 catches for 6593 yards and 49 touchdowns.  He also leaves with a Super Bowl ring.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Congrats To The Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers topped the Denver Nuggets in games 7 of the NBA Playoffs. They now will face Golden State in the conference finals.
  I can remember when the Blazers and the Seattle Super Sonics were the only major league teams in the Pacific Northwest.
Since I lived in Walla Walla just north of the Oregon border, I could have rooted for either team, but preferred the Sonics.
For the last couple years, Deb and I have made a winter trip to Portland to watch the Blazers.

Doris Day

It's been reported that icon actress and singer Doris Day has died. She was 97.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Peggy Lipton Of The Mod Squad

Peggy Lipton, who starred as Julie Barnes in the late 60s-early 70s cop show The Mod Squad, has died.  She was 72.
The ABC network, at the time, was able to somehow dial into the emerging youth culture during an era of change and upheaval.  The Mod Squad blended to opposing forces, the police, who were looked upon as "The Establishment" and young, rebellious youth.
At the time, I was quite taken by the counter culture movement and as I was entering my teen age years, Lipton was an attractive and hip.    
Lipton would later star on the cult classic TV show, Twin Peaks.   She had been suffering from cancer. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Cousin Alta Will Be Missed

Alta Barer died on Wednesday, May 8th. She married  my cousin Stan  in the early 70s.  She was a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines for more than 20 years.
Stan and Alta's contributions to the Seattle area are indeed legend.  If attending a music event or a play, it's no surprise to see Stan and Alta Barer on the list of donors.   In 1996, Stan and Alta put on a political fund raising event featuring Hilary Clinton. In 2008, they made a contribution to the University Of Washington Law School to help make it possible for students in under developed countries to attend that institution.
Alta's contributions to the community are well stated in this beautiful article by Patti Payne in the Puget Sound Business Journal, click here, but this, above all, is a deeply personal loss.  Alta and Stan were often present at family gatherings.  As a teenager, I was struck by her beauty and poise.
In this picture, Stan and Alta,  and grandson Aaron, Jr. pose with President Obama.  A memorial service for Alta J. Barer  will be announced at a later date.  Contributions may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Resource Center.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

The UPS Store 1477 In Downtown Bellevue Is Open

The UPS Store  in Downtown Bellevue is open and ready for business at it's new location, 1100 NE Bellevue Way, 8A in Bellevue, 98004.   
The location had moved from it's previous location a block south of Bellevue Square last week.  For hours and services, please check here. 

1982 KXLY The Noon Show Segment

I often watched KXLY Channel 4 in Spokane, when I lived in Walla Walla and later, going to school at WSU.    Here is a clip from the Noon Show.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Beatles Final Studio Album Released 49 Years Ago

The group had already announced the ride was over when the album Let It Be was released on this day in 1970. The title song would soon become a classic by the group, along with another Paul McCartney song, The Long And Winding Road.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Iconic Walla Walla Band Will Reunite For Summer Performance

A band formed 42 years ago will reunite for a summer jam on July 20th of this year, according to the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.   It will be part of the Scotty Fletcher II Memorial Boogie On The Mountain Jam II.  
The concert will take place at the Walla Walla Eagles Aerie 26, 350 S 2nd.   The event is to honor Scotty Fletcher, close friend of the band,  The  band, with it's original members, played together until 1984, according to the UB

Sunday, May 05, 2019

The Original Congregation Beth Israel Of Walla Walla

It had no signage nor did it have a telephone, therefore, no listing in the local phone book.  The main door went to a living room type reception area.  The door on the right would went to the small sanctuary.  Their was a large kitchen in back,  used for Passover sedars, break fasts, etc.
There was an apartment on the second floor, originally the rabbi would live there.  Eventually, the temple would do away with having a paid rabbi and use volunteer lay leaders to run the service.   As I was young, the top apartment was rented to the anyone wishing to live there.
The original Congregation Beth Israel was located at Rose and Tukanon in Walla Walla.  The congregation moved to it's present location on Alder and Roosevelt in 1972, as the original temple was torn down with the rest of the block to make room for a new Elks Club building.

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Friday, May 03, 2019

Old Walla Walla Radio Remembered 32--KGTS In College Place

The headline is kind of a misnomer, because KGTS is still around.  It is the campus radio station of Walla Walla University.  I did not listen to it much, because it has played classical music and religious programming.  Walla Walla University, after all, is a Seventh Day Adventist institution.  
KGTS began operating in 1963.  Whitman would establish KWCW at a later date.
It is ironic that Walla Walla University is in College Place and is not far from the site of the Whitman Mission.  Whitman College is in the heart of Walla Walla and is non-sectarian.  However, Whitman was church affiliated in it's early years.  
Walla Walla also has a community college, which as far as I  know, has no radio station. 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

The Way- Fastball Lyrics ♫♪♫

If you have heard this song and wondered what it was about, you can follow with the lyrics.  There is also a follow up on Wikipedia.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Folk Legend Judy Collins Turns 80

Folk Legend Judy Collins Turns 80: In an interview from 2011, WDET’s Rob Reinhart spoke with Collins about her ground-breaking career.
Collins was born in Seattle.