Thursday, December 31, 2020
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Dawn Wells, who turned castaway Mary Ann into one of TV's most beloved comedy characters, has died of complications of COVID-19, according to various sources.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Most reviewers can explain what makes a movie or TV series work. With The Queen's Gambit, it was tough for me to really see why, but it kept me glued to the set for all seven episodes.
I've never been a fan of so-called period pieces and even though watching chess on a TV series, sounds about as exciting as watching a bridge match, when the series ended on the final show, it caught me off guard, I wanted more.
The series does follow a standard formula, a rags to riches rise of a girl (Beth Harmon) who is put in an orphanage with little hope or identity, and who climbs her way out of poverty by learning chess from the building janitor. She is not close to being a perfect person, through little fault of her own. She is given tranquillizers every morning until her state outlaws the practice.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Dick Curtis, veteran area radio voice and a friend, rival, and associate with Pat O'Day, has died, according to reports on facebook. Curtis had worked on-air at KJR and also at KJR's arch rival, KOL.
He worked with O'Day at Concerts West bringing national acts to the area. Curtis was newsman at KYYX/KXA while I worked for that station. He was later director at the Seattle campus of the Bailie School Of Broadcast.
I believe his most recent work was as newscaster at KVI. You can hear Curtis at 2:25 in this video.
KC Jones, who coached the Sonics from 1990 to 1992, is dead at 88. He is pictured with Bill Russell (Jones is on the right), above, with whom he shares many parallels. The two played together at the University Of San Francisco, where they won back to back NCAA titles in the mid 50s.
Jones and Russell would play for the US Men's Basketball team that won a gold medal in the '56 Olympics in Melbourne, after which they would become teammates on the Boston Celtics in one of sports greatest dynasties. The team would win eight straight titles. While Jones retired in 1966, Russell would become player-coach for the Celtics, leading them to a title. Jones would later coach the team, and lead it to two NBA titles.
Seemingly by coincidence, both were at different times, head coaches for the Seattle Super Sonics. Russell coached the team from 1973 to 1977. Bill, thankfully, is still with us.
Friday, December 25, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Seattle area's Delilah is featured on the New York Times Daily Podcast. In a very personal essay, Times reporters speak of being on the road during 2020 and the comfort of listening to the nationally syndicated show, with the host taking calls from listeners and playing soft rock.
The Puget Sound Media blog had this recap of the pod.
The Seattle Times is among sources saying NBA commissioner Adam Silver is speaking of maybe the league expanding beyond it's present 30 teams. While Silver, it the past, has given a pretty hard "no" to the idea of expansion, the entry fee could benefit the present teams in the league, all missing out from revenue from fans attending games in the latter part of last season and expected throughout 2021.
Seattle, which is completing it's remodeled arena for the soon to be launched NHL Kraken, could be the first in line for having a newly minted NBA team. The Super Sonics left town for Oklahoma City in 2008.
Since the sale of the team and subsequent move, fans have had ups and downs of possible purchase of the team or of franchises relocating to the area, only to have had the ideas crushed. Thus, NBA fans in the area, wanting a nearby place to attend a game, have often driven south to Portland to watch the Blazers. A good number of sports fans in the area also seem to have turned a blind eye to the league.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Friday, December 18, 2020
In a race with two Democrats pitted against each other, moderate State Senator Mark Mullet, representing Washington's 5th district, will keep his seat in the Washington State Legislature. Mullet, first elected in 2012, became the first Democrat elected to Olympia from the 5th in 20 years. He was reelected after a tough battle with Republican State Representative Chad Magendanz in 2016. The 5th now also now has two Democratic members of the state house.
This year, Mullet was challenged by area nurse Ingrid Anderson, also a Democrat. Many Democrats had been frustrated with certain votes by Mullet. Anderson was endorsed by Governor Jay Inslee. Other Democrats saw Mullet's accomplishments for the district and were happy with his middle of the road approach. Some of Mullet's votes may have been from Republicans who saw Mullet as a better alternative.
Mullet is a former member of the Issaquah city council.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
983038 , meaning, that 17 thousand visits are needed to top 1,000,000. The total right now for this month is about 3600, so, at that pace, we could reach that total in the late spring. This blog has been around for 15 years
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020
The Cleveland MLB team has followed the Washington NFL team in dropping "Indians" from its name.
Although, maybe not as high profiled as the Washington controversy, pressure had been building for years for teams adopting names many groups find offensive. Other teams that may change names in coming years include The Atlanta Braves, The Golden State Warriors, The Chicago Blackhawks and The Kansas City Chiefs.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Charley Pride, country music's first African-American superstar has died of complications from COVID 19. He was 86.
Pride, who performed last November at the Country Music Awards, was the first African-American member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Before making it as a singer, Pride had played professional baseball.
Friday, December 11, 2020
I think at one time, it was known as "Man Of The Year" and now two people share the singular title of Time Magazine "Person Of The Year". President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris share the title for 2020.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Wednesday, December 09, 2020
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has announced that she will not seek a second term next year. The mayor has had an impossibly difficult year, as Seattle has faced a number of problems compounded by the COVID19 and the riots after the George Floyd killing last Spring.
The Riots, shown unedited on TV, garnered harsh criticism by both sides, with one side speaking of her actions as harsh and another saying that they were not harsh enough. A group of protestors gathered at Durkan's house, whose address had been kept secret and a sit in was held at city hall. It seemed like no one would stand up to support her.
At the beginning of the Durkan administration, the city had a rosy outlook with the expanding of Amazon and the granting of an NHL franchise to Seattle. However, a televised expose on the city's homeless, although controversial, did it's share to dampen the optimism in the area.
Tuesday, December 08, 2020
Monday, December 07, 2020
Sunday, December 06, 2020
Rafer Johnson, who won the Gold Medal in the decathlon in 1960, died last week, he was 86. In addition to competing as an athlete, he was also an actor, a sports announcer and a community activist.
He is credited to having helped organize the Special Olympics in California. He is also known for subduing the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, perhaps saving lives. He was also instrumental in bringing the 1984 Olympics to Los Angeles. He lit the cauldron in the games opening ceremony.
Saturday, December 05, 2020
As the Beatles were out of sight (literally) for a while in the latter half of the 1960s, I remember their reemergence and it was indeed, shocking! I saw the videos of Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever on American Bandstand. The Beatles had moustaches! John Lennon had glasses!
It's hard today the appreciate the gravity of this. Along with the fab four the icons of the day included Frank Sinatra, Walter Cronkite, Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, and Bob Hope. None of them altered their appearance. Eventually, the Beatles would grow their hair longer and grow and shave beards, etc. It set the stage for other famous faces to do more of the same. The band members themselves went further into their own directions, splitting up, sadly, a few years later.