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Lehmann, J. Hans (1911-1996), Ballard Hospital founder and arts patron

J. Hans Lehmann, M.D. was the only son of middle class Jewish parents in the northern German town of Barsinghausen. He escaped Europe with most of his family on the eve of World War II and establishe...

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Lewis, Dave (1938-1998): Father of Northwest Rock

Dave Lewis was the singularly most significant figure on the Pacific Northwest's nascent rhythm & blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s. By 1955 he'd helped found Seattle's first notable teenage doo-wop ...

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Lewis, "Texas" Jim (1909-1990): Seattle's pioneering 1950s kiddie-TV show host

One of America's original cowboy stars, James "Texas Jim" Lewis had (as a showbiz veteran) seemingly done it all by the time he moved to Seattle in 1950. Having played live country music over the radi...

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LightShows: A Reflection by Tom Robbins

This is an excerpt from an article by novelist Tom Robbins on the lightshows of the 1960s. It appeared in Seattle magazine in 1967, and is reprinted with permission of Tom Robbins.

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Lightshows in Seattle

The first lightshow in the Seattle area occurred on November 5, 1966, when KRAB radio (one of the first community-based FM radio stations in the country) held a benefit concert in Kirkland. It was thi...

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Linden Records: Seattle's "lost" post-war music company

The larger-than-life personal saga of Seattle businessman Adolph Frederik Linden (1889-1969) has long overshadowed the publicly known history of one of his numerous enterprises: the Pacific Northwest...

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Lopes, Manuel (1812-?)

Manuel Lopes arrived in Seattle in 1852, and operated a barbershop equipped with the first barber chair to be brought around Cape Horn. He was Seattle's first black resident, businessman, and property...

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Louie Louie -- the Saga of a Pacific Northwest Hit Song

Richard Berry's 1957 song "Louie Louie" became a huge regional hit in the Pacific Northwest when the Tacoma band The Wailers recorded it 1960. A couple of years later it was recorded in distinct rendi...

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Love, Linnie (1893-1918): Singer Who Gave Life for Camp Lewis Soldiers

Linnie Lucille Love was a child actress, dancer, and singer in early Washington popular vaudeville. She advanced her skills by studying grand opera at New York City music conservatories. Upon completi...

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Lueben, Alfred (1858-1932): Seattle's German Music Professor

It was around 1889 that a recent German immigrant named Alfred Lueben arrived in Seattle along with his wife, Sabine, daughter Lillian, and first son Alfred. Over the next four decades he would establ...

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Madigan Army Hospital Bedside Network (Fort Lewis)

During renovations in 2011 at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Pierce County, 8,000 16-inch phonograph records (transcription discs) were discovered hidden behind a gymnasium...

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Memories of Aqua Theatre

In this People's History, Donovan Gray remembers wonderful times on the stage of the Aqua Theatre, located on Seattle's Green Lake. The Aqua Theatre opened on August 11, 1950, as part of Seattle's fir...

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