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kudos for getting the furry fandom right.
You know, that first song ("Takin' Pride…") sounds vaguely familiar. I want to say KREM used the refrain as a promotional jingle during commercial breaks. That announcer, as stated in the article, is definitely longtime KREM voiceover guy Bob Phillips. I think he passed away several years ago.
In spite of its dubious, cookie-cutter origins, this is a nice slice of early '90s cheese. Still, who the hell would want a record like this, even in 1991?
@ Joe Lykins Thanks. :)
If victim hood is the criteria for naming the plaza, then let's think in larger, more inclusive terms. Certainly there are many victims, and there are countless self described victims all around us. Perhaps we could name it Festivus Plaza. We can put up a large white board with erasable markers for citizens to add and subtract victims' names as circumstances and the vagaries of public opinion dictate. It would be an ongoing Airing of Grievances where everybody can complain about how they or others have been disappointed or wronged, and by whom.
Like him or not, like what he did or not, he founded this city and that means something. We would not be here, if not for him. The article says that he did some things that would not be acceptable today. Well, YEAH! They all did things back then that would not be acceptable today: it was a different time. It was a century ago. There are things that we do today that wouldn't even have been heard of then. I'm not saying what he did was ok, but it was a different time. We should remember the man that founded are city. Good, bad, or otherwise, he found it and we are here thriving because of it! And what an incredibly beautiful place we live in!! ❤️Spokane
This isn't about forgetting about his contribution - but reinterpreting it - and being honest about it - by using the context of how we are able to look back and see history today - Glover could not have gotten away with what he did then-- now - which by the way was hardly "treating his wife shabbily" - leaving a woman penniless - on the streets - and then having her committed to a mental institution for her entire life - was hardly just "shabby" - remember there were no resources for abused women in those days - no choices - and unfortunately many women suffered similar fates when their husbands were done with them. In any case there are many narratives of Spokane's history - I think the issue here is to stop privileging the white upperclass male version - we need more balance - the fact is "that history is written by those who hang heroes." In this case - the first nation heroes, women heroines, among others - we want and need the history that will sustain us in the now. I vote either name the plaza after Susan Glover - in honor of those women who suffered under unjust misogynistic laws of the past - or after a warrior of the Spokane or Coeur d'lane who fought against those of our ancestors who committed/perpetuated genocide (like Glover) against their communities - to acknowledge and honor their place as the first people - if we want to talk about reparations - this is where to begin. On a lager scale - we can do little about national choices for heroes - but we can start to make changes in our own communities. *And by the way - this article was REAL journalism - excellent - excellent - keep it up.
What great photos by Young Kwak!
Good Show Jake! BLOOD BATH! Hope to get the chance to hear your music soon.
-J. Riley Corrigan
Excellent writing. THIS is what I've been missing on the Spokesman.
I am sorry to hear of the bookstore's struggles. As the owner of Defunct Books, I can correct some of the history mentioned (I did speak to the reporter, but he didn't seem to quite get the gist.).
Inland Bookstore, founded by Dean Gilbert in the 1950s, was originally in the (or right next to) the Spokesman-Review building. He moved it twice, the second time to the basement of the Wall St. building. He sold it (I believe in the 1990s) to Jerome Carlson, who ran it until around the year 2000 (give or take), who sold it to Jerry Thrift. I purchased the Inland Bookstore (not Inland Books) in 2003 and renamed it Defunct Books. I moved the store (not just the name and inventory) to Iowa City, IA in 2007, where I have operated it since.
I cannot speak to Yantra Books (which was before my time), but Sun Tree operated in the space in the Wall St building across the hall from Europa. So, during that time (certainly back to the Jerome Carlson days), there were two bookstores in that building, with Sun Tree being more of a metaphysical sort of store. That store closed not long before I moved Defunct Books to Iowa City in 2007.
OK, so, after I moved that store, Jerry Thrift opened a NEW bookstore (completely different) in that basement space and called in Monkeyboy Books. I believe this was not too long after I had moved out. Monkeyboy Books at some point moved into the old Sun Tree Books space, which is where it is now (I believe). Jerry then sold that store to Marina Drake, which brings us to the present day (whew!).
So, while it is basically true that there has been at least one bookstore in the Wall St building (with a few minor gaps), it is certainly not one continuous store. Also, I don't think Jerry ever ran Sun Tree Books.
Also, Marina, if I can offer any advice or insight, let me know. Good luck!
Excellent piece. Refreshing to finally read an un-bowdlerized history of a past city leader instead of the usual, authorized hagiography. How does a city this size keep its history sanitized for nearly 100 years? (Rhetorical question, perhaps.)
Let's assume Glover treated his first wife shabbily, and that a public figure deserves to be forgotten because of shabby treatment of a spouse.
Who was that guy who was president in the 1990's? Wasn't his name Bill something or another? Didn't he cheat on his wife, lie about it, and publicly humiliate her? I seem to have forgotten his name.
We have two kids studying with JayDean now. The greatest gift she has given them is a love of making music. Her methods are fantastic and it is no wonder she has produced a bevy of talent in the Spokane area! We are so grateful to be taught by such a humble master fiddler!
Great article! While I would have been proud to have been beaten by Kimber in '09 and '10, I unfortunately wasn't there to witness either win (2006-2012 I worked summers at a Chuckwagon in Colorado Springs). I did get to see her win the National Junior title and one of Dennis' Texas State championship wins! Definitely proud moments!
No mention of Della Mae appearing at Chateau Rive August 5? Odd.
For those of you who might not know this, or are to young to have been around this man is the real deal he is in fact one of only a few guitarist that to this day is remembered by everyone in the music business of that time his ability with a guitar is legendary and the respect he gets from the rest of that community is exceptional. If you have a chance to hear him play you will find yourself knowing that you payed way to little and got your money's worth with the first 8 bars. Nuff said Walt Benoit
You can also get mochi at Fai's Noodle at Northern Qwest
You just completely missed the point. Anyone can make their own, but if they don't want to, or lack the time or skills, then having an affordable option to buy one gets more little libraries out there.
kudos for getting the furry fandom right.
You know, that first song ("Takin' Pride…") sounds vaguely familiar. I want to say KREM…
Are they actually going to open during business hours? I've tried to go to Egg…
@ Joe Lykins Thanks. :)
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