Is It In You? -- The dividends of hosting the Ironman triathlon competition just keep coming for Coeur d'Alene. The Lake City has been featured in a Gatorade commercial that has aired during big sporting events, including the BCS Bowl Championship game between USC and Oklahoma. The ad shows Ironman winner Chris Legh rising from his defeat on the Kona course to his success in Coeur d'Alene. The city will host the Ironman competition in June for another three years.
Not the End After All -- We've been getting lots of great feedback about our recent cover story on End Game, a big Hollywood effort being filmed right here in Spokane. But one reader -- extra Tom Brooks, who got to spend an hour lying in a limousine as a stand-in for an assassinated president -- was chagrined that we didn't mention a few of the other notable names in town, namely Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction) and Jack Scalia (who was here several years ago filming North by Northwest's family-friendly Mel).
Words Evolve -- As the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition to this neck of the woods draws near, WSU Press has just released a fascinating look at the words the explorers used, what they meant and how their meanings have changed over time. For instance, is it good or bad if your canoe "flacks"? How about calling someone "argillaceous" - is that cause for fisticuffs? Is "clyster" animal, vegetable or mineral? Furthermore, what do you do with one? And finally, "mere" wasn't at all the same adjective back then as it is now. A "mere" torrent of rain as described in Meriwether Lewis's journal (meaning "absolute") could halt the expedition for days. Lewis and Clark: Lexicon of Discovery, written by editor, researcher and lexicographer Alan H. Hartley is one of the few lexical resources available on the famous duo's narratives. Look for it at your local bookstore or visit email@example.com.
Pastime Goes National -- Bryan Harnetiaux, playwright in residence at Spokane Civic Theatre, has an opening in the Studio Theater next month of his one-man play, York, about Capt. William Clark's black slave at the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Now Harnetiaux has received word that National Pastime, his Jackie Robinson play -- having already received student and amateur productions in Spokane (twice), Kennewick, Tacoma and Las Vegas -- is going to be produced by two professional theaters: the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, Calif., and Stamford Theatre Works in Stamford, Conn. Congrats!