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Fri., May 25, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

Getting wet is part of the job, and Red Lion exec was ready with a re-do

Hats off to Red Lion Hotel's Patrick Shimon, area GM at Spokane's  Red Lion Hotel at the Park. On May 24 he agreed to go down the downtown hotel's redesigned pool slide, for photographers.

His stunt was meant to echo the same event when Don Barbieri rode the original slide in 1983. In a suit. In business shoes.

Unlike Barbieri, Shimon had to hit the pool twice Thursday morning.  A news crew from a Spokane TV station didn't show up on time. They asked Shimon to do it a second time. He did it, graciously.  And probably because his job description includes dealing with pesky media types.

The SR's Dan Pelle was there on time and ready with his Canon for the original slide. This is that moment. His photo appeared on page A5 of the May 25 editions of The Spokesman-Review.

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