Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Former Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson testifies during Jan. 6 hearing —...

This testimony, by an aid to President Trump while being questioned by a Republican congresswoman who was daughter of former VP Dick Cheney, could possibly be a game changer in the investigation of the uprising on January 6th

Jesse Winker Interview Goes Hilariously Wrong

Jesse Winker, who got had turned out to be the winning hit for the Mariners against the Orioles last night (June 29th 2022), is a funny guy.  Above is an interview from back in Spring Training. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Danny Bonaduce Story--Seattle Radio Star On GMA

Danny Bonaduce is reported back to his morning job after missing a good deal of time away from the mike.  ABC's morning show Good Morning America did the segment above on the former child  star. Thank you to your pals at Puget Sound Media for finding this vid.  If the video doesn't play, click here

First Black Quarterback Marlin Briscoe Dies

 When I began watching Pro Football in the late 1960s, African-American quarterbacks were not rare, they were, until 1968, non-existent.  

Marlin Briscoe, in1968, became the first American Professional African-American quarterback after being drafted as a cornerback.  He would start 5 games that year and was runner-up for Rookie Of  The Year in the AFL.

Briscoe asked and received his release the next year when he found out he would not compete for the Broncos starting quarterback position.  He would go on to play for the Buffalo Bills as a wide receiver. Brisco would continue his career as a wide receiver with several other teams, including the Miami Dolphins, with whom he won 2 Super Bowls including the team's unbeaten season in 1972. 

Briscoe died Monday (June 27th, 2022), reportedly of pneumonia.  

Monday, June 27, 2022

Fight Breaks Out At Mariners-Angels Game

This melee was over by the time I started watching.  The Seattle Mariners were unable to sweep the Angels losing 2-1.  A bench clearing brawl took place after Mariner Jessie Winker was hit by a pitch.  

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Saturday Afternoon Entertainment In Maple Valley

Lucia Flores-Wiseman entertained at Maple Valley Farmer's Market.  I put a couple bucks in her guitar case and suddenly, a whole string of people did the same.  

Friday, June 24, 2022

Roe V Wade Overturned By Supreme Court

 It was announced today that the Supreme Court of the United States has overturned Roe Vs Wade. 

Summer Breeze - Seals & Croft #1 Hit(1972)

Happy Friday!  With Summer kicking in, finally, it's time to share this post.  I love this song, and this video is the best that I've seen, so, I post it annually.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Local Artist To Perform At Maple Valley Farmers Market

 Lucia Flores-Wiseman, a local singer will perform this Saturday (June 25th, 2022) 11am-1pm at the Maple Valley Farmers' Market according to her Facebook page.   Flores-Wiseman performed at Tahoma High in 2018 when she was invited to the stage by Maple Valley favorite daughter Brandi Carlile.

According to her website, Flores-Wiseman "blends Americana coffee house, indie, folk, and jazz to create a sound that is distinctively her own."

The Maple Valley Farmers' Market is located at 25719 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road Southeast. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

More Of The Mountain

I couldn't resist taking this picture yesterday of the Mountain peeking out from the street leading to our cul-de-sac.

The Mountain Was Out

The weather we have been waiting for arrived yesterday. I snapped this picture of Mount Rainier at Druids Glen Golf Course.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Goldberg Movieland Novel Out

 Lee Goldberg has announced his new work, Movieland is out.  On his latest blogpost, Goldberg said the book is fiction but based on a real series of murders in Malibu Creek Park., where residents and townspeople are not necessarily believing that the police have been totally forthcoming the facts. 

This is part of Goldberg's Eve Ronin series of books. This will be the first of that series that I will read. 

I'm looking forward to diving into this book for a good summer read.   You can order your copy by clicking here.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Sandy Koufax Statue Ceremony Recap

A monumental event in baseball history, a statue of former Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, is unveiled at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.   

Recognizing Juneteenth

 It took place yesterday, but the holiday celebrating freedom is being observed as a federal holiday today (June 20th, 2022).

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Friday, June 17, 2022

Seattle Will Host World Cup Soccer

 Seattle has been chosen as one of 11 cities to host World Cup Soccer in 2026.  The decision is definitely a victory for our region. The games will be played at Lumen Field, home of the Seahawks and Sounders. 

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Clear Evening In Maple Valley

Even though it isn't here officially, this is the sky I associate with summer.

Sue Bird To Call It Quits

ESPN just announced that Seattle Storm superstar Sue Bird will retire at the end of this season 

Woodinville High School Graduation Clip Class of 2022.

I had forgotten that I had taken this video until yesterday.  Here is a snipped from Tuesday's (June 14th, 2022) commencement for Woodinville High School.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Wa-Hi ASB Officers From 1975-76

Wa-Hi ASB officers, I found this while looking for a different picture. 
President Mike Clark is in front, along with Lisa Greenville, Secretary, Vice President Mike Cline and Treasurer Erin Walsh.
All very cool 
At the graduation ceremony, Clark, during his speech, took out his acoustical guitar and sang a song that he composed. 
Their pictures were inside the Royal Blue yearbook.
Sadly, both Mike's have since passed away.

The Graduate

 My nephew, Connor and Me at the 2022 Woodinville High Commencement at Pop Keeney Stadium.  He is headed for Eastern Washington University, where hopefully, we will celebrate an even bigger graduation in four years.  

Congratulations Connor!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Congratulations Connor!

 My youngest nephew graduates from Woodinville High School today!

Monday, June 13, 2022

Summer Is Here?

There is a reason that it's nicknamed "Junuary". We had to put on heavy coats to walk the dog.
Disclaimer:  this may not be the latest forecast, but it sure feels like it. 

Sunday, June 12, 2022

In Loving Memory of Jim Seals RIP

In memory of Jim Seals, whose music with Seals and Crofts always moved me.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

City Of Kent Buys Out Ex-Chief Kammerzell

 According to the Seattle Times, The City of Kent has decided to buy out the contract of former assistant police chief Derek Kamerzell for 1.5 million dollars.    Kammerzell was said to have posted a Nazi rank symbol above his office door.  

A two week suspension without pay angered the community and a second attempt to discipline Kammerzell brought about litigation from Kammerzell's union attorneys, which could have possibly resulted in Kammerzell winning his job back with backpay returned. 

The city's buyout, though unsavory on so many levels, will give it a chance to move past this ugly chapter. 

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Update On Seattle DJ Bonaduce

 Good news from our friends at Puget Sound Media!  

Danny Bonaduce, the longtime KZOK morning man, who took a leave of absence due to an undisclosed illness is reported to be responding well to medical treatment.  The article says that Bonaduce has been active in the community and has even traveled out of state.

The article went on to say that Bonaduce could be returning to his radio show "real soon."

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Maple Valley Flyover

This plane circles the area daily during the late Spring and Summer.
With fuel prices where they are, it must not be cheap.

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Jim Seals of Seals & Crofts Dead at 80

I'm sorry to hear about this, I loved the music of Seals and Crofts.  My favorite songs from the duo were Summer Breeze And Diamond Girl. 
I continue to post Summer Breeze on the blog at the beginning of every summer.  There were others and they are mentioned in the video above. 

After 16 Consecutive Wins, We Say Farewell to Ryan Long | JEOPARDY!

I'm sorry to see Ryan Long finally lost on Jeopardy! after an amazing 16 wins.  He really fell behind in the first round and never quite recovered. 
A ride share driver out of Philadelphia, he was one of the most likable and relatable of the recent multiple winners.

Monday, June 06, 2022

The Mamas & the Papas perform "California Dreamin'" at the 1998 Hall of ...

This song was a real staple of the 60s.  The Mamas And The Papas, minus the late Cass Elliott doing California Dreamin'

Traffic Reporter Taylor On Mitch Levy Podcast

 Former KIRO TV traffic reporter Tracy Taylor is interviewed on Mitch Unfiltered, the podcast of former KJR Sports Radio morning host, Mitch Levy.  Taylor's long Seattle career began on Mitch's program many, many years ago.  She left to pursue a TV career and the rest is history. 

Tracy and I have become pretty good friends as I have featured the ups and downs of her career on this blog.

You can hear Mitch's podcast this week by clicking here.

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Abbagraphs--Knowing Me Knowing You. Snoqualmie Casino June 4th 2022

ABBAgraphs is a 6 person Seattle based band paying tribute to the 70s and 80s Swedish hitmaking machine, ABBA.
They have been a featured headline act for The Swedish Club, Kirkland Uncorked, and Fremont Oktoberfest.

Name Of The Game Abbagraphs Snoqualmie Casino

We watched the Abba tribute band, Abbagraphs at Snoqualmie Casino last night (Saturday, June 4th).  Everyone had a fun time.  

Saturday, June 04, 2022

Great Britain Celebrates Queen's Long Reign In Platinum Jubilee.

 The British are celebrating 70 of Queen Elizabeth.  I'm 64 nearly 65 and Elizabeth has been the Queen of Great Britain during my entire life.  The Queen has not been attending due to her health.

The celebration is known as the Platinum Jubilee. 

Thursday, June 02, 2022

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Two Northwest Capitals--Salem And Olympia

 Both Washington and Oregon's capitals are what could be considered "drive by" cities.  Both are similar distances south of each state's largest and best known city.   Both share names with products that you may find at a supermarket.  Salem is a brand of cigarettes, while Olympia shares its name with a brand of beer.  Neither town is particularly well known outside of the region.

I began to wonder about similarities and differences in the towns several years ago, after touring the capitol in Olympia.  First off, Olympia Beer started in the greater Olympia area, whereas Salem probably gets its name from Winston-Salem, North Carolina which has long been the hometown of its parent company.  Salem is three times as large as Olympia.   

I found this post from a blog that really points out the differences and similarities between Oympia and Salem that you can check out by clicking here.

From what I gathered from the article, Salem has more of a "family" vibe, whereas Olympia is maybe edgier, artsy, and singles oriented. 

Both states are bordered on the East by Idaho, where its capital is probably its best known city and largest city, Boise.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Review--Top Gun Maverick No Spoilers

Like my other favorite 1980s movie Wall Street, it took over 30 years for a sequel to this iconic feature.  Unlike the Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps, this one will not disappoint.  

Even with a plot with holes big enough to fly an F-14 through,  the movie does have a way of grabbing you.  It has edge of the seat do or die flying that left me gasping.  

Goose's son, who was a toddler in the original, is, of course, now a fighter pilot.  The movie jibes into Val Kilmer's struggle with cancer as Iceman, Maverick's Top Gun rival is seen as an ailing admiral.  Penny Benjamin, mentioned in the original in passing as a Maverick love conquest, emerges as a character.  

I would recommend this picture for all fans of summer "popcorn" movies. 

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Well Known Sports Radio Hosts Win Award

Congratulations to former Seattle radio talk show hosts Mike (the Gasman) Gastineau and Dave Grosby for winning the Keith Jackson Sports Media Excellence Award.   

The two popular hosts who had separated shows and then also teamed up for Groz with Gas on Sports Radio 95, helped keep Seattle's professional sports team on the front burner through good times and bad. 

Friday, May 27, 2022

World Class Drummer Alan White Dies

 Alan White, a longtime resident of the Seattle area and drummer for the progressive rock band, Yes, has died.

White also played for John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and also George Harrison's iconic "All Things Must Pass" album. 

White had lived in this area for many years and was active in the community.  He was in the news last month when his drum kits, which he played on for the Lennon and Harrison albums, were reported to have been stolen from a Newcastle storage unit.  

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Living in Maple Valley Washington PROS and CONS

I turn the con into a pro, the long commute allows me to listen to podcasts or talk radio.  It also gives me a chance to clear my head after work. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Should Biden Run?

 Retired political columnist and now area resident Morton Kondracke writes on the Post Alley blog that running for a second term may not serve the Democrats well.  You can read his work by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Texas Gov. Abbott: 14 Children ‘Horrifically’ Killed In School Shooting

Once again, a school shooting. NBC anchor Lester Holt has it right.

Linda Cohn sizzles as America's favorite female sportscaster

I had meant to post this, thinking that it was recent.  This video is actually 6 years old almost to the date, but everything here still holds true.

Monday, May 23, 2022

USA Farmer's Market - Maple Valley, Washington

Here's the Maple Valley Farmer's Market taken from somebody that I would guess is from outside this area. It really is a professional looking video, capturing the breathtaking tall trees.

UB Columnist Drops Names Of Celebrities With Walla Walla Ties

 A big thank you to retired Union-Bulletin columnist Annie Charnley Eveland for somehow working me, the blog, and my Old Walla Walla Radio Group facebook page along with famous Walla Wallans and Whitman graduates like Adam West and Kirby Grant (pictured in character, above), who played the 1950s action TV character, Sky King into her latest column. 

Also mentioned in the article was Patrick Page, who is married to the effervescent TV host, Paige Davis, A Team TV star, Dirk Benedict and some cousins that I admire, Burl Barer, Stan Barer, Jan Barer Curran, Lee Goldberg, and Tod Goldberg.  

Lee and Tod did not grow up in Walla Walla but were annual summer visitors in their childhood. 

You can the article by clicking here.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Maple Valley Farmers Market

The Maple Valley Farmers Market is up and running.  It will take place every Saturday from 9am until 2pm  all through the Summer until September 24th.  
This entertainer treated us to an A-Ha moment. 
The Maple Valley Market is located at 25719 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Rd. SE.  

Walla Walla Comes Up As Puzzle Solution

 Walla Walla, Washington apparently was the solution to a puzzle on Wheel Of Fortune.  I have no idea when this episode ran, but the picture is creating a good deal of "buzz" on Facebook.

Now, I have to wonder how many people who are contestants have even heard of the town, however, you would only really need a W, an L and an A to really get the answer. 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Apple Tree Blossoming

My favorite tree in the back yard, which we planted in memory of my father is now in bloom.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Hey Jude. Paul McCartney Seattle May 3 2022

 It's hard to believe that it was over two weeks ago, but I found another great video from the Paul McCartney concert at Climate Pledge Arena.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Golfing Great Bruce Fleisher Passed Away Last Fall

 I was sad to just learn that former PGA golfer Bruce Fleisher had died of cancer several months ago.  In 2009, Fleisher was in town for the Boeing Classic, a senior pro golf tournament. He had come into The UPS Store in Crossroads to ship some of his stuff. I had not heard of him, but he gave me tickets to watch the action at TCP Snoqualmie Ridge.  

I got to watch such golfing greats as Gary Player and Hale Irwin.  It was really a lot of fun and I was always thankful for his generosity. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Seattle World's Fair Celebrates 60

 The Seattle World's Fair turned 60 last month   I touched on this on an earlier post on the Space Needle being painted its original color.    My parents took my sister and I to the exposition that summer, and I remember the Space Needle (of course), the monorail, and a clear elevator known as the bubbleator    I remember the next time we visited what was by then known as the Seattle Center, the bubbleator was sadly gone.  Many years ago, I was able to find a movie of my family riding the monorail. 

Jean Godden, former area newspaper columnist, wrote an excellent post on the history of the fair on the Post Alley blog.  You can read it by clicking here.

Monday, May 16, 2022

NBA Legend Bob Lanier

 RIP to retired NBA center Bob Lanier.  

 I remember watching him on TV when he played college ball for St Bonaventure, As I remember, it was a night game and on one of those independent networks that carried college basketball back then.  Either HSN or TVS.  I thought St Bonaventure was a cool name for a college and Bob Lanier was the dominant player.  

His NBA career took him to the Detroit Pistons and later to the Milwaukee Bucks.  He was a Hall Of Famer.  

Lanier died on May 10th. 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Pleasant Surprise--Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki With Fox Reporter Peter Doocy

 Outgoing Biden press secretary Jen Psaki poses with her seemingly archrival, Peter Doocy, who covers the White House for Fox News.   Of course, this picture may anger some on both sides, but in an increasingly polarized political scene, it is nice for me to see.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Jackson Browne "The Pretender"

Far from the stage and bright lights, Jackson Browne released a series of videos from his home.  I love the down to earth feel of this video.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Space Needle Changes Color To Mark 60th

 The Space Needle has been painted its original color (top) to honor its 60th anniversary

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Chris Ackerley Optimistic About Sonics Return To Seattle

 On his Iconic Sonics podcast, former KJR Sports Radio 950 host Mike Gastineau interviews Chris Ackerley, son of the late former Seattle Super Sonics owner Barry Ackerley and current Seattle Kraken executive.  
Ackerley speaks about the great Sonic NBA teams of the 1990s and gives his thoughts about the return of NBA basketball to our area.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Tracy Taylor--Auctioneer

 Tracy Taylor announced her new adventure on Facebook.  She will now be doing auctions and speaking engagements for fundraisers.  The former TV and radio talk show host, who really made a name for herself in the community, will work for another former well known traffic reporter, Stephen Kilbreath.  

I'm sure Tracy will enjoy the new hours and still be able use her superb communications skills to bolster some great organizations. 

Taylor also confirms that she is working on some other projects, which will probably be revealed in the future.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Got To Get You Into My Life Paul McCartney Climate Pledge Arena Seattle ...

One week after the Paul McCartney concert, I've decided to share another clip from the event.

Monday, May 09, 2022

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Let It Be. Paul McCartney Seattle May 3rd 2022

Another great one from Tuesday!

Paul McCartney At Climate Pledge--Review

 I cannot say how blessed that I feel to have attended 3 concerts with former Beatles.  Starting with Ringo Starr in 2009.  I then saw Paul for the first time at Safeco Field in 2013.

This past week we saw Paul McCartney again at Seattle's newest venue, Climate Pledge Arena.  McCartney has launched his tour in our state.  He performed last weekend in Spokane.  

Paul comes across on stage as genuine and likable.  The picture above, which I found on Twitter, is of his arrival at Climate Pledge.   His window is down and he is acknowledging his fans, many who are probably not going to his show. Paul did a delightful mix of  songs from the Beatles and Wings, as well as his solo work.

There are some "talking heads" online that talk of his voice giving out. Indeed there are notes that he cannot hit like he used to but hey, the man is nearly 80 years old.  I  don't believe that  he has to tour, he has enough money to last a lifetime and more, but he is still at it.  When he performs, he always entertains.  

Paul was one of four individuals who came together (no pun intended) to create a cultural shift in the World.  It can be argued that he may be the greatest entertainer of all time.  He is a singer, bass player, composer, and even occasionally, a comedian. 

To watch this man perform live is truly a privilege. 

Paul McCartney - Lady Madonna - Seattle May 3 2022 - Climate Pledge Arena

I used this person's video to a song that Paul did real well in his Tuesday show, Lady Madonna!

Friday, May 06, 2022

Happy Birthday, Willie Mays


My childhood idol, Willie Mays turns 91 today (May 6, 2022).  Mays was the centerfielder of the San Francisco (originally the New York) Giants and basically wrote the book on how to play the position.  

When started watching baseball on TV, he was pretty much in the twilight of his career, but there was always a certain excitement when he was up to bat. 

According to my source, Mays is the oldest living player in the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Happy Birthday, Willie! 

Live And Let Die McCartney Seattle 2022

One thing that you can count on is that when I go to a concert that I love, I will post as much of it as I can.  
Live And Let Die, I remember, was the theme to the James Bond picture of the same name.  Many people probably watched the movie on the basis of the song.  When I saw McCartney for the first time, it was an outdoor concert at what was then, Safeco Field.  There were fireworks shot during the song.   This time, the concert was indoors, yet there were still pyrotechnics.

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Celebrating Here

Having Mexican food tonight to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Maple Valley.

Blackbird Paul McCartney Seattle 2022

Perhaps, my favorite Beatle song.  Paul McCartney performed it masterfully the other day at Climate Pledge Arena 

Happy Cinco De Mayo

 Have a great Cinco De Mayo!

Wynonna & Ashley Judd accept The Judds Country Music Hall of Fame induct...

The inductions of  The Judds into the Country Music Hall Of Fame was indeed a touching moment in the wake of  mother Naomi's death the day before. 

Monday, May 02, 2022

DESTROYED: Julio Rodríguez Crushes First Big-League Homer

Congratulations to Mariner rising  star Julio Rodriguez on his first home run.  A blast to deep center. 
Hope to see plenty more. 

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Country Legend Naomi Judd

 We learned yesterday (Saturday, April 30th) of the passing of Naomi Judd at 76.    Naomi sang with her daughter Wynonna in the legendary Country duo, The Judds.   

The Judds had 14 hits together and had won 5 Grammy Awards before Naomi's premature retirement from hepatitis in 1991. Naomi was also the mother of actress Ashley Judd, who went to high school with my wife in Tennessee.  

Naomi and Wynona had announced last month a farewell tour.

Danny Bonaduce Stuns Fans with Mystery Illness News

Danny Bonaduce, who has worked in area radio since 2011, announced he was stepping away from his morning show on KZOK.  An undisclosed illness was given as the reason. 
Of course, Bonaduce made his fame in the early '70s ABC sitcom "The Partridge Family" where he played a musician in a fictional family band.  The show was loosely based on the real family band, The Cowsills

Friday, April 29, 2022

Seahawks Pick Cross

 The Seattle Seahawks picked left tackle Charles Cross from Mississippi State as their first draft choice.  The Hawks got the number nine pick when they traded Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Brandi Carlile To Miss Stagecoach Appearance Due To Covid

Maple Valley's Brandi Carlile announced on her Instagram feed that she will miss the Country Music Festival Stagecoach.  She said that it "finally happened" meaning that like most of us, she has been able to avoid it, she said that she has "the Covid".  She said that she is devastated about missing her appearance. 

Stagecoach, as I understand it, is the Country version of Coachella. Like Coachella, it convenes at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Former Raider QB Daryle Lamonica Dies

 One thing that can make you feel old is when the heroes from your childhood pass away.  

Daryle Lamonica was the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders, my favorite AFL team.  At the time, I first  became interested in Pro Sports, the AFL was emerging as a major professional league.  It's games of the week were featured on NBC, where as the NFL games were on CBS.  

The LA Rams were my favorite NFL team.  They had a quarterback named Roman Gabriel. That was fitting since they played in the LA Coliseum. 

There were no Seattle teams at the time, well, except for the Super Sonics which was a first year NBA expansion team.  

I was a Raider fan because Oakland was in California, which to me stood for everything cool and because my cousins, the Goldbergs lived in Oakland.  

I learned today that Lamonica died on April 20th of natural causes.  He was 80 years old. Known as "The Mad Bomber", he was an alumni of Notre Dame.  He also took Oakland to its first Super Bowl, a loss to the Green Bay Packers.