Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kurt Russell Speaks About Baseball Career

Kurt Russell brought a little bit of Hollywood to Walla Walla when he played for the town's Northwest League team in the early 1970s. In this piece, he talks about his more famous stint with the Portland Mavericks. This echoes the earlier piece that I posted from the Seattle Times.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stan Barer's Bar Mitzvah

From Burl's "youtube" page, this video features both sets of my grandparents, my Mom and Dad, before they were a couple, my Uncle Phil and Uncle Arny, Cousins Burl, Stan, and Jan and many old family friends who are no longer with us.  Filmed in 1952 at the old Walla Walla shul on Rose and Tucannon Streets, it was torn down in the early 1970s for an Elks Lodge.  The shul was moved to it's present site on Alder and Roosevelt.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mike Steps Up To Ice Bucket Challenge

I was challenged by the Wagner family to take the ice bucket challenge.  It is a drive that has become viral on facebook.  You will also see newscasters and other public figures doing it on TV and what not. While it is definitely trending, perhaps tiresome, it is indeed a worthy cause.  ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease can hit people in the prime of their life.  It snuffed out the career and eventually the life of Baseball great Lou Gehrig.  What means the most is that at least one of the people that I challenged, stepped up to to also do it.

Hank Simon's Last Show On KALE

Raised in Walla Walla, Hank Simon's last show on KALE in the Tri-Cities. 

Essie Hicks--Running For State House

Last weekend, I volunteered to work in the Democratic Booth at Mt Si Days. Essie Hicks was there, campaigning to represent the 5 Legislative District in the State House Of Representatives.  The seat is currently held by Republican Jay Rodne.  The 5 District is comprised of Southeastern King County.  Main towns are Issaquah, Maple Valley, North Bend, and Carnation.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

No Cure For Seahawk Fever

Yes we are the champions!  King 5 did this report on a couple of rampant Seahawks fans on it's morning news.   The team did not let us down.  The Hawks defeated San Diego 41-14.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dana Parnello Appointed To Maple Valley City Council

The newest face on the Maple Valley City Council is actually a familiar face.  Dana Parnello was recently appointed to the Council to take the place of Victoria Laise Jonas.  Parnello was also appointed to the council in 2010 when charter member Laure Iddings resigned.  He did not run to retain his seat.
Parnello had served on the Maple Valley Planning Commission from 2007 to 2010.
Parnello was appointed to the council by a 6-1 vote, with Linda Johnson being the dissenting vote.
He will be sworn in on August 25th.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Walla Walla Native Eddie Feigner Inducted

There was a ceremony before last Sunday's Mariner game.  Several well known athletes were being inducted into the State Of Washington Sports Hall Of Fame and one not as well known.  Walla Walla native Eddie Feigner, who passed away several years ago, joined Chip Hanauer, Alvin David, Keith Jackson, Detlef Shrempf, and Jack Thompson as inductees.  Feigner was represented by his son, Eddie Feigner, Jr.
Feigner was a pitcher and "The King" for a barnstorming team known as "the King and His Court",  a fast-pitch softball team.  In an exhibition one time, Feigner struck out Willlie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Willie McCovey, Maury Wills, and Harmon Killebrew, consecutively.  For more on Feigner, click here

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ken Levine's Unique Tribute To Robin Williams

When a celebrity passes on, bloggers and blog readers will often go to TV writer Ken Levine's well written By Ken Levine   In this touching piece, Ken eulogizes Robin William the way he feels Robin would want it.  click here