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King Cole and Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter momentarily looks the wrong way as the flag is raised during his  May 1978 visit to Spokane's Riverfront Park.  King Cole, a major influece in bringing Expo '74 to Spokane, points the direction to president should be facing. Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus (left) and former Spokane Mayor David Rodgers (second from left) watch the ceremony.  (Photo Archive / Spokesman-Review Archives)
President Jimmy Carter momentarily looks the wrong way as the flag is raised during his May 1978 visit to Spokane's Riverfront Park. King Cole, a major influece in bringing Expo '74 to Spokane, points the direction to president should be facing. Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus (left) and former Spokane Mayor David Rodgers (second from left) watch the ceremony. (Photo Archive / Spokesman-Review Archives)

In honor of King Cole, whose memorial service is Thursday morning, I present what may be my favorite photo in The Spokesman-Review's great photo archives. It's from the grand opening of Riverfront Park.

Here's the caption:

President Jimmy Carter momentarily looks the wrong way as the flag is raised during his May 1978 visit to Spokane's Riverfront Park. King Cole, a major influence in bringing Expo '74 to Spokane points the direction to president should be facing. Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus (left) and former Spokane Mayor David Rodgers (2nd from left) watch the ceremony. File/The Spokesman-Review

Also to commemorate Cole, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has ordered flags at city-owned properties to fly at half-mast on Thursday and is encouraging others to also fly flags at half-mast.

Spokane's CityCable 5 announced this week that it will replay chats between Mayor Mary Verner and King Cole. The programs originally aired in 2008.

They will be shown at:

  • 6:30 p.m. Friday.
  • 9 p.m. Sunday.
  • 6 p.m. Monday.



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