Sandy Felsenthal, a photographer I had worked with before coming to Spokane, was going to shoot the 1988 Bloomsday for National Geographic magazine. He asked me if he could join our staff photographers up in the Review Tower on that Sunday morning.
I introduced him to the SR people who could make that call. And he was given the green light.
Then, with Bloomsday drawing near, that permission was withdrawn. I never did understand what happened. But I have always suspected one particular idiot was behind the decision.
So anyway, Sandy rented this big-ass crane and had it set up on Riverside. (I suspect the city green-lighted this because of the nature of his assignment.) As a result, he was actually IN the pictures taken from behind him up in the Review Tower.
If it looked like that big white crane was flipping off the SR, well, that was fine with me.