Steve Thompson profile stirs warm memories

A big thank you to Rich Myhre of the Herald for the Sept. 25 front page article featuring Steve Thompson and the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame banquet. (“Pride of Lake Stevens joins Sports Hall of Fame.”) The picture Jennifer Buchanan took truly capture the essence of Steve and his life. It brings back very special memories.

Steve’s wife, Starla, and I were cheerleaders together and took my Viking sweater with me to the banquet. What fun to go down the memory lane of good times. Steve and I were raised together where his grandfather, Ole Larson, was pastor. We knew his whole wonderful family.

Our high school was small, with grade 7 through 12 at the “Pink Palace.” It was dubbed so after Steve’s football coach, Mr. Hill, told us it was to be painted pink with paint left over from World War II. We all laughed until it became true.

As I watched a New York Jets game, I saw Starla with the other wives, watching their husbands play.

At the banquet she told her son how I wore my “Delta Dawn” formal to our 20th class reunion. Of course, Steve was the MC, and called me up to model as I sang the song.

I still have my wedding present they gave me and took to my daughter’s wedding when he performed her ceremony.

At the banquet I met many wonderful people. Jim Lambright couldn’t have more gracious. In line I met Jim Ennis Jr.’s son and need to get him my “Jim Ennis for Class President” sign.

When interviewed for History Link, Margaret Riddle made the mistake of asking where I was from.

Yes, folks, to those of you who know me, I lived a whole lifetime before I moved to Lowell.

Again, thanks for the memories, you did Lake Stevens and Steve Thompson proud.

Gail Chism

Everett

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