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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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Masked Robbers Trammel Train in Ballard

Romantic tales of bank heists, train robberies, and hold ups were favorites of American newspapers, large and small, in the early part of the twentieth century. Among these is a story set in Ballard, ...

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McCune, Don (1918-1993)

Don McCune was renowned as TV's Captain Puget. In this People's History, Garry Christenson and "Captain Puget's" wife. Linda McCune recall his life.

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McGaffin, Donald Edward "Don" (1926-2005)

Donald E. "Don" McGaffin pursued a full, often-controversial 30-year-career as an investigative reporter and commentator, including 16 years in Seattle, where he was a major player in the golden years...

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O'Day, Pat (1934-2020)

Pat O'Day: Founding father of Northwest rock 'n' roll or the "Godfather" of the 1960s teendance scene? A vampire or the catalyst? Or all of the above? There are many Northwesterners who would debate t...

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Oldham, Darrell (1937-2002)

Darrell R. Oldham helped to organize Seattle's original alternative newspaper, The Weekly (now Seattle Weekly), in 1976 and guided its advertising and marketing program for eight years. He also helped...

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Olsen, Jack (1925-2002)

Jack Olsen was a respected journalist and prolific writer who pioneered the genre of "true crime." Olsen also wrote fiction and books about sports and social issues, but it was his true-crime writing ...

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Payne, Ancil H. (1921-2004)

Ancil Payne, one of the most influential broadcasters in the Pacific Northwest, served as president and chief executive officer of King Broadcasting Company from 1971 to his retirement in 1987. The Gr...

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Pennington, W. J. "Jerry" (1919-1985)

Jerry Pennington's primary career was as a newspaperman, working his way up in The Seattle Times from accountant to publisher and chief executive officer. His leadership garnered national recognition ...

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Pettus, Terry (1904-1984)

Terry Pettus was a progressive-minded newspaper reporter who became Washington state's first member of the American Newspaper Guild. He was a key organizer of the Seattle chapter of the Guild, which i...

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Phelps, Donald (1929-2003)

Donald Phelps, educator, singer, and TV commentator, was the grandson of John T. Gayton (1866-1954), one of Seattle's black pioneers. He rose through the ranks, starting as an elementary teacher in Be...

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Phillips, W. S., aka "El Comancho" (1867-1940)

Walter Shelley Phillips (1867-1940) was a popular Western writer, artist, and lecturer best known by his pen name, "El Comancho." During his childhood in Nebraska and his years as a game hunter for th...

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Post-Intelligencer: A 1922 History of the Seattle Newspaper

This 1922 history of the historic Seattle newspaper, the Post-Intelligencer, (later Seattle Post-IntelligencerWashington Historical Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 3 and Vol. 14, No. 4, (1922), pp. 51-54.

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President Taft's Visit to Olympia: A Contemporary (1911) Newspaper Account

This is an article printed in the Ledger in October 1911, reporting on the visit of United States President William Howard Taft (1857-1930) to the recently opened governor's mansion in Olympia. The go...

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Priggee, Milt (b. 1953)

Milt Priggee is an editorial cartoonist based in the state of Washington. His work has been published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, a...

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Prins, Ruth B. (b. 1920)

Ruth Prins was an actor and University of Washington drama teacher in 1949 when she was recruited by KING-TV owner Dorothy Bullitt (1892-1986) as talent in the fledgling station's developing education...

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Prosch, Thomas (1850-1915)

Thomas Prosch was a key early journalist, historian, and civic booster in Washington state. He was the son of Charles Prosch, who founded the Puget Sound Herald in Steilacoom in 1858. Thomas grew up h...

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Reid, John H. (1873-1960)

John H. Reid came to the United States as a 4-year-old, was orphaned twice, and overcame a harsh, lonely boyhood to create a full, rich life as a Seattle newspaper publisher, civic activist, and pater...

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Robbins, Tom (b. 1932)

Pacific Northwest novelist Tom Robbins, profoundly provoked and inspired by what he calls the "1960s renaissance," is often hailed as a comic/spiritual chronicler of that tumultuous decade. But his ei...

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Robinson, Herb (1924-2003)

Herbert F. "Herb" Robinson was an award-winning television and newspaper journalist in Seattle who served as lead editorial writer for The Seattle Times from 1977 to 1989, and as anchor, news director...

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Royer, Bob (1943-2019)

Bob Royer was one of Seattle's deputy mayors from 1978 to 1983, working closely with his brother Charley Royer (b. 1939), who served three terms as the city's mayor from 1978 to 1990. Their mayoral ar...

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Royer, Charles (b. 1939)

The careers of Charles T. ("Charley") Royer span journalism, politics, and civic activism -- sometimes independently and sometimes in concert. He served three four-year terms as mayor of Seattle, the ...

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Ryan, John Henry (1865-1943) and Ella (1866-?)

John Henry Ryan and his wife Ella Ryan were two of the earliest African American business owners in Tacoma, where they owned and were the editors of The Forum, a weekly newspaper in the Tacoma area. A...

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Ryan, Milo (1907-1986)

A pioneer of Seattle public television and legendary figure in radio history, Milo Ryan was responsible for discovering and preserving a forgotten cache of some of the most important radio news broadc...

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