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All Shook Up: Elvis Rocks Sicks' Stadium

In this People's History, HistoryLink staff historian Cassandra Tate (b. 1945) recalls a memorable encounter with Elvis Presley at Sicks' Seattle Stadium in Rainier Valley, on Labor Day weekend, 1957.

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Barons, The: The Northwest's First Hit-making '50s Teen Rock 'n' Roll Group

A half-decade prior to the Pacific Northwest's great rock 'n' roll eruption of 1959-1960 -- a period that saw a series of teenage groups (including the Fleetwoods, Frantics, Shades, Gallahads, Wailers...

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Bobo the Gorilla (1951-1968)

Bobo the gorilla entertained visitors to the Great Ape House at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle for 15 years. He was a mainstay attraction for both young and old. A somewhat grumpy gorilla, Bobo love...

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Century 21 Exposition (1962): Music at the Fair

Seattle's Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair) was initially conceived to be the major attraction of the decade -- and with over 10 million tickets sold to both locals and visiting tourists du...

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Century 21 Exposition (1962): Performing Arts at the Fair

Seattle's Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair) was conceived to be the major attraction of the decade, and with over 10 million tickets sold to both locals and visiting tourists from every c...

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Century 21 Exposition Protocol Assistant Roger Martinsen Remembers the Fair

Roger Martinsen (b. 1936) was born in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, graduating in 1958. After three and a half years serving in the United States Navy, ...

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Century 21: Seattle's September Days with Elvis Presley, 1962

Countless celebrities, from astronaut John Glenn (1921-2016) to Walt Disney (1901-1966) visited Seattle between April 21 and October 21, 1962, to attend the 1962 Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's...

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Charles, Ray (1930-2004)

Ray Charles was a poor, blind, newly orphaned teenager living in Tampa, Florida, in 1948 when he decided to move to Seattle, picking the city because it was as far away as he could get from where he w...

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Clint Eastwood at Beaver Lake, Sammamish Plateau (1953)

The actor and director Clint Eastwood (b. 1930) taught lifeguard training classes at Beaver Lake (King County) one summer in 1953. This account, written by Phil Dougherty, reprints his article "Clint ...

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Dave Holden: On Race and Music in Seattle, 1956-1966

Dave Holden was born on May 21, 1937, in Seattle. Son of local jazz legend Oscar Holden, Dave got his first paid gig as a jazz musician in the late 1950s. From that time on, Dave's keyboard and vocal ...

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Eisenhowers in Washington State: Big Ike and Little Ike

Edgar Eisenhower (1889-1971), brother of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), passed the Washington state bar examination on October 18, 1914. Edgar, one of six brothers including the United States presi...

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Evergreen Ballroom: Olympia's Lost Landmark (1931-2000)

The most fabled of any historic dancehall in Washington -- the Evergreen State -- the Evergreen Ballroom stood for nearly seven decades along a section of Highway 99 called the "old Tacoma and Olympia...

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