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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011



Speaking of baseball cards

A former SR colleague, a guy named Ken Sands, used to have a mint collection of Seattle Pilots cards. He showed them to me once. I wonder if he still has them. I think he had a complete set of their second season, too. Of...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011


We built this city on lilacs (not) 

A couple of my readers gave me some grief about the column item praising train travel. They found it a bit too rah-rah for their taste. Fair enough. But let me just state, for the record: I realize Amtrak's service record isn't perfect. I am...

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Inland Northwest loyalty oath

"I ask you again, for the record. Are you now or have you ever been a member of any subversive anti-Spokane organizations espousing the view that there is more to life than water-recreation?" www.federalobserver.com

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Apropos of nothing 

A friend of mine in high school, Joel Greenfield, declared this already retired gentleman to be "the ugliest man in baseball." www.ootpdevelopments.com

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When the truth just won't work

I wouldn't presume to speculate about why people get tattoos on their neck and face. I'm sure they have their reasons. But you have to wonder. Who would hire these folks? Perhaps employers with lots of behind-the-scenes positions to fill. Anyway, I suspect a small...

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Sneak preview

Here is the question at the end of The Slice column in this coming Sunday's newspaper: Is there a local business with a permanent place on your radar because it opened right after you moved here? For me, it's Luigi's restaurant downtown. Though, to be...

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Today's B-24 photo

I've seen this particular picture many times over the years. On each occasion, I wonder if my father wound up flying in one of the bombers in those assembly lines. www.dark-history.eu

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

Test your knowledge

What was the last name of Hal Jordan's girlfriend? Hint: It's the same as the name of a Spokane high school. No, she's not Carol North Central. www.sacomics.blogspot.com

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Name game 2 

Justin Harke is a cook. He works at a restaurant on East Sprague. "It is very hard to keep our servers' names straight because they are all fairly similar," he wrote. Part of his job is to call out a server's name when a particular...

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Everybody sing

www.expomuseum.com If you still have a copy of this, my advice is to start drinking heavily. Unless, of course, this has become a collectible. Blog technology allows for audio offerings. So I could record readers singing those songs. But let's not.

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Name game

Cindy Matthews has a hard time avoiding confusion with Laura/Lauren/Laurel. She said her husband gets tripped up by Joan and the various forms of Joann. Larry Totten called a neighbor named Dustin "Justin" for the better part of a year. Or was it the other...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

DVR alert

You might not get the THIS channel -- 117 on my own cable lineup. Or you might have it in your cable array without realizing it. But THIS has been showing "Outer Limits" reruns. And at 1 a.m. on Friday, there's a decent one from...

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My seasonal sports rants

Rant 1: When the unmatched Bobby Orr scored his famous goal -- well, it's famous to hockey fans -- to win the Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins in 1970, the date was May 10. That seems like a reasonable date for the season to...

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Jog your memory

The late actor Albert Salmi (left), who lived in Spokane at the time of his death, appeared in several episodes of "The Twilight Zone." Which do you recall? www.twilightzonemuseum.com

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Honest or just choosy?

"My husband and I were at the food court at Northern Quest Casino," wrote Judy Tierney. "A man left his coat on a chair. An hour later he came looking for it. It was right where he had left it. "When he retrieved it, he...

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