Thursday, March 26, 2015

Walla Walla's Jim Buchan Still Sports Writing

At least one name from my childhood is still around, Jim Buchan started at my hometown paper,The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, in 1968. That's before I was a teenager, I'm now 57.  Buchan still writes for the UB, on a part time basis.  Seeing his name on a sports column byline that my friend sent caught my eye.  When I used to read about the local baseball team and high school sports, I would see his writing along with the late Jim Redding, who went on to a great career here in Seattle.  He would also write with Skip Nichols and eventually, Don Davis.  He left briefly in the early 1970s to work in Phoenix.  I would think Buchan is ranked high in the nation amongst long serving sports writers.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Veteran News Reporter Linda Brill Retiring

Retiring King 5 TV reporter Linda Brill, reflects on her 37 year career.  Probably her most notable recent interview was Seattle's socialist councilwomen Kshana Sawant.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Likable Shark In Puget Sound Last Summer

He's billed on The Shark Tank as the son of immigrant factory workers.  Robert Herjavec, comes across as maybe the most personable of the 5 venture capitalists who sit on the panel of The Shark Tank.  Herjavec is good looking, stylish and polite, belying the millions that he has acquired through his security company.
It has recently been revealed that Herjavec has gone through personal crisis last year when his marriage broke up.  As a result, his children stopped talking to him.  He considered suicide. Herjavec's Pastor steered him to Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, where after volunteering in a "soup line", he seemed to get a new perspective on life.
This season, in addition to his Shark duties, Herjavec is currently a contestant on "Dancing With The Stars".  His teaming with Australian dancing beauty Kym Johnson has sparked rumors of a new romance.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Former Contestant On Food Network Star Slain

My wife and I are big fans of reality shows and one of our favorites is Food Network Star.  It offers contestants the chance to have a cooking show of their own on the Network.  It usually runs on the network during the summer.  This morning I was saddened to read about the murder of season 8 contestant Cristie Shoen Codd.  Codd, who was 5 months pregnant, has become a murder victim along with her husband, JT Codd.  A suspect is in custody, Robert Jason Owen, lived nearby and was a handyman for the couple. 
Although the couple lived in North Carolina, they both had jobs in the movie industry, Cristie did catering work on movie sets, while JT was a key grip.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Popular Sports Media Figure To Speak In Maple Valley

Mike Gastineau, who left Sportsradio 950 KJR a few years ago to pursue some independent projects, will speak this Saturday, March 21st at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center Benefit Breakfast, according to the Voice Of The Valley, this area's community newspaper.  Gastineau's book "Authentic Masterpiece" addresses the creation of the Seattle Sounders, considered one of the most successful expansion team launches of all time. The doors will open at 9am with the program starting at 9:30.  The Maple Valley Community Center is located at 22010 SE 248th in Maple Valley.  For information and tickets, call 425 432-1272.