We went over to the Gonzaga neighborhood recently and found Spokane artist Tom Quinn hard at work on the final touches of a mural being added to the University Bar & Grill.
We were struck by two things: John Stockton (who apparently didn't want his image on the wall) was replaced by GU hooper Casey Calvary; and David Lynch, who has a very limited Spokane connection, was featured on the wall, holding a beer next to Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen, a true GU alumna.
We asked Judge Eitzen if she'd seen her wall portrait, and the answer was a loud and clear "No." In fact, Eitzen even asked: "Is that me?"
Artist Quinn said previous bar owners Willard Quinn III and his wife Christine came up with the requests to add Lynch to the mural. But in our view, Lynch hardly qualifies for the wall.
He was born in Spokane but then moved to Sandpoint. He has no connection to that neighborhood or GU, that we know of.
Revised version: based on Wikipedia, Lynch was born in Sandpoint and then lived briefly in Spokane.
Christine Quinn also requested Tom Quinn add a portrait of actress Michelle Morrow, whose images are featured in the accompanying video. She hails from Spokane.
Tom Quinn, by the way, is not related to Willard Quinn III.
To look at some of Quinn's artwork and track progress on the mural, he's on Facebook here.