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Svoboda, Marie (1920-2012)

Marie Svoboda, Seattle’s pioneering grande dame of yoga, opened her Queen Anne studio in 1969. It was a bold move for one of the city's few leotard-clad women then offering yoga classes at community...

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Swan, James G. (1818-1900)

James G. Swan lived one of the most varied and colorful lives in the early history of Washington Territory. He was variously an oysterman, customs inspector, secretary to congressional delegate Isaac ...

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Sweany, Gordon H. (1913-1986)

Gordon H. Sweany was a Seattle lawyer and the chairman of the board of SAFECO Corp. Under his leadership, SAFECO grew into one of the 20 largest diversified financial corporations in the United State...

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Taylor, Quintard, Jr. (b. 1948)

Quintard Taylor Jr. is a University of Washington professor and historian who founded BlackPast.org, an online encyclopedia of African American history. Born in Tennessee to a family of sharecroppers...

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Taylor, William (1853-1941)

William Taylor was the founder of North Bend, Washington, located in King County. He was a prime mover in this Snoqualmie Valley community.

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Thal, Sidney (1909-2002) -- Jeweler, Bon Vivant, and Author

Sidney Thal was one of Seattle's most beloved personalities. In 1948, he and his wife Berta Thal (1911-1996) purchased Fox's Gem Shop in downtown Seattle and transformed it into a leading retailer of ...

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The Eric Johnston Story

Eric Johnston (1895-1961) was a Spokane businessman, head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, President of the Motion Picture Association of America, and an appointed official in the Truman and Eisenhowe...

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The Historic Murray Morgan: A Remembrance by Paul Dorpat

This reminiscence of Murray Morgan (1916-2000), the preeminent Northwest historian, is by Paul Dorpat, HistoryLink's principal historian, and an old friend of Murray Morgan's.

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Thiry, Paul Albert (1904-1993)

Among Washington's most illustrious architects of his generation, Paul Thiry exerted a major influence in the emergence of the "Northwest style" of architecture as an early proponent of modernist desi...

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Thomas, Barbara Earl (b. 1948)

The former Executive Director of Seattle's Northwest African American Museum, Barbara Earl Thomas is far more than an institutional administrator. She is also an inspiring lecturer on the topics of ar...

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Thomas, Harlan (1870-1953)

Architect Harlan Thomas provided Seattle with an array of well-executed designs including the Sorrento Hotel and Harborview Hospital. He also designed schools in Aberdeen, Monroe, and Enumclaw, World ...

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Thomas, Harvey (1920-1987), Maker of Electrifying Custom Guitars

Harvey Vern Thomas (1920-1987) led an active and multi-faceted life as a musician, a machinist, a businessman -- and a notoriously fun-loving prankster. But it was his role as the luthier responsible ...

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