During a long career at The Herald, some stories left untold
And apologies to make.
People, events and milestones got pushed down, down, down into stacks of column ideas I never got around to producing. I've gathered lists, ideas and notes that were stored for as long as 20 years in my files, to my shame.
Some names could be misspelled because I can't always read my own handwriting.
• I knew in 2002 that Eleanor Shepherd made scrapbooks of Herald photos. She took them to nursing homes where folks liked looking at the pictures.
• A gentleman named Hai worked at the Everett Clinic in the blood lab and was "shot through with graciousness."
• Why didn't anyone celebrate MIA/POW Day?
• I never drove to the last address in our map book, to talk to neighbors at Zur-Sub-Kid Place in Arlington.
• A member of a Stevens Hospital auxiliary was a good organizer and very animated.
• The business card from a woman in Alderwood Manor noted her claim to fame was having 30 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
• A man lived his whole life on the Snohomish River.
• In 1997, a couple in Monroe picked up the first of 20 annual checks of $252,000 from the lottery. Also in 1997, an Arlington woman won $47,485 at Harrah's in Bow. A Lake Stevens woman won $500,000 playing a lottery game in 1994. An Edmonds women, 59 in 1999, won $1,000 for life from the state Lottery.
• Bethel Baptist Church in Everett gave away 195 $5 coffee cards to Everett police officers, thanking them for their service.
• Many names caught my eye including a Sandra Bullock who taught at Mukilteo Elementary School; Brody Bonnallie, who sold real estate and had the same first name as my son; Johnny Rebel from Gold Bar who graduated from Washington State University; Christina Rose Rides At The Door and Morning Wise Spirit, both of Marysville, who delivered baby girls in Everett.
• My editor said not to bother the Butts family; how they dealt with their last name was none of my business.
• I missed my opportunity to meet the Granite Falls woman who made the best pies for fire station fundraisers; a collector of antique food tins in Snohomish; and the man who discovered a calculus derivative that had momentous implications.
• The son of famous baseball player Earl Averill got married.
• I didn't chat with the Lynnwood Library Scrappers; a man in Marysville displayed enough sports memorabilia in a school display case to stretch 20 feet; a Marysville baker cooked in a castle for the queen of Holland; a woman studying in Everett to be the first welder in her village in Alaska.
• There was a club in Mill Creek called F.E.M.A.L.E. – Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge.
• "Don" was creating a newspaper for gay readers.
• An Edmonds woman met another woman while both were playing accordians and found out they were sisters separated at birth.
• A woman with nine children and two hip replacements was a caretaker in her home for her mother and aunt.
• Columns could have been dandy about a blind man who made cribbage boards and shelving units for an auxiliary sale; a man who led cemetery tours in Island and Snohomish counties; and a member of the Washington State Knot Tyers.
• I never visited a company called Bailine in Silver Lake where you could lie down and lose inches.
• Former postal workers who gathered Thursday mornings for coffee at Evergreen Lanes in Everett.
• The "National Refuse Driver of the Year," who drove for Waste Management, washed and pressed his white coveralls every night.
• I never saw a slide show about the 1926-1962 Great Northern Greenhouses in Monroe.
• I never met the Rollmans' triplet sons born in 2003 in Everett.
• Howard Stern said on my favorite radio show that every state has a Springfield and a Greenville. I meant to see if every city around here shares the same name with another city in another state. I believe Snohomish could be the only unique name.
• A laundromat on Casino Road had a painted mural called Blue Lagoon and folks went there to get their photos taken as if they were in the tropics.
• I never visited the glass front columbarium at Abbey View Memorial Park in Brier where you could view urns for eternity. I never asked Solie Funeral Home in Everett if I could visit the new on-site crematory when it opened for business.
• I made a note that Mr. Fatty got a marriage license. I always wondered who became Mrs. Fatty.
• I was close to interviewing the president of the Josh Grobin fan club, who called themselves Grobinites, when she lived in Snohomish. She finally said she was afraid of the publicity.
• Someone manufactured yo-yos behind Sugar Shack in Lynnwood.
• And I never wrote about so-called do-gooders who trap wild cats, spay and neuter them, and release them back into the wild. I never wrote about them because I think death by coyote, truck or starvation is a nasty way to go. If a cat has no home, and can't be tamed, put it down. There, I said it again, and there's always a hulabaloo when I do.
• There was a newspaper story I clipped to follow. Its headline reads "Study shows men's brains shrink faster than women's."
• And I found a note to myself from 1994 to write about column ideas I never did.
Kristi O'Harran, 425-339-3451, email@example.com.
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