by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Will Work For Art & r & & r & Talk about landing on your feet. Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession has traded one CEO gig for another. This week, Hession was named interim CEO of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture -- the MAC to those of you who like one-syllable names.
Pretty in Pink
The snacks, lemonade, dresses and nail polish will all be guess what color when little girls (ages 4-7) and their chaperones gather Saturday at 10 am at Gonzaga's Cataldo Hall to raise funds for children's programs at the Northeast Youth Center in Hillyard. One adult, one girl and one doll get in for $20. Visit www.spokaneneyc.org or call 482-0708. No word yet on what color the dolls' dresses should be.
They're "Centenaries" in Britain
Some important centennials this year. For example, back in 1908, a Japanese scientist isolated monosodium glutamate. In Germany, Melitta Bentz invented the paper coffee filter, which made drip brewing possible. Teddy Roosevelt gave the Bureau of Investigation (forerunner of the FBI) its start. The Boy Scouts were founded. Women were allowed to compete in the Olympics, but (at least in New York City) they weren't allowed to smoke in public. America recorded its first death in an airplane crash. (It was Orville Wright's passenger; Orville himself was seriously injured but survived.) And Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed (probably) in Bolivia. Unless they moved to Spokane.
Make Brown Eyes Blue
Shortly after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Iowa teacher Jane Elliott decided to teach her third graders a lesson in racism. She told the class that blue-eyed people were more intelligent and therefore superior. Quickly the blue-eyed children began to oppress the brown-eyed ones. She then reversed it, stated she was wrong and that brown-eyed people were better. The brown-eyed kids then began to treat the blue-eyed ones poorly. Elliott received a lot of criticism for her experiment and eventually had to leave her town, but she changed the way people understood racism. She'll tell her story this week at SCC's Lair Auditorium Thursday morning and Friday night at 7 pm (1810 N. Greene St.), and at Gonzaga's Cataldo Hall (502 E. Boone Ave.) on Friday from 9 am-noon. Call 323-3667.