When Telephone Lines At Last Came to Lacey

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Pacific Northwest Bell (PNB) executives asserted it, Daily Olympian journalists investigated it and the State of Washington’s Department of General Administration (GA) confirmed it … the reason the state didn’t lease office space in Lacey was that it cost a … Continue reading

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Byron Nelson on Choking, Confidence and Faith

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We hadn’t expected to see any spectators on the tenth tee that fine April morning in 1994 or, for that matter, on any morning! But there they stood, an older gentlemen and a good looking younger woman like a couple … Continue reading

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A Divine Wind Whispers

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He smoked non-stop. He drank coffee non-stop. He headed-up leasing for the State of Washington. He was important to me, and I’d learned long ago that if you wanted to meet Hal, you met him in a coffee shop. He was … Continue reading

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The Day Don Bombed the Japanese

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When first we met he growled at me. This was the first (and last) multiple martini lunch of my career, but not Don’s. During his day the martini lunch was almost a ritual, part of a businessman’s normal routine. I was … Continue reading

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Help! I’m An Amazombie!

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I never planned for this. I never expected my life to veer off society’s byways into such a dead end. I never thought I’d spend my days like some kind of isolated religious aesthete observing a perverted vow of silence. But … Continue reading

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To See Or Not To See, That Is The Question

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“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” Arthur Conan Doyle Recently David Brooks, PBS commentator and New York Times columnist, recently pontificated from his perch high atop Manhattan’s littératie ladder to posit whether “the norms that used to govern … Continue reading

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Where’s “Uncle Walter” When We Need Him?

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“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” Abraham Lincoln I have a very smart Seattle friend. He graduated from Columbia with a Masters in history and cum laude from Harvard … Continue reading

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