Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Friday, June 24, 2022
Thursday, June 23, 2022
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
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Friday, June 17, 2022
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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.
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Monday, June 13, 2022
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Saturday, June 11, 2022
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
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
Tuesday, June 07, 2022
Monday, June 06, 2022
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
Saturday, June 04, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Monday, May 23, 2022
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.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
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
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
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
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.
Monday, May 16, 2022
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
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
Friday, May 13, 2022
Thursday, May 12, 2022
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.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
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
Monday, May 09, 2022
Sunday, May 08, 2022
Saturday, May 07, 2022
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.
Friday, May 06, 2022
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!
Thursday, May 05, 2022
Wednesday, May 04, 2022
Tuesday, May 03, 2022
Monday, May 02, 2022
Sunday, May 01, 2022
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.
Friday, April 29, 2022
Thursday, April 28, 2022
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.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
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.
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.