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The Slice: Nothing like seeing Spokane in Schwinn’s side-view mirror

I wonder.

What local kid holds the record for being the youngest to declare that he or she won’t be sticking around the Spokane area when he or she gets older?

Let’s move on.

Favorite book: “Catch 22” by Joseph Heller – John Petrofski

“Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo – Victor Buksbazen

“The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams – Maggie Fritz

“Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King – Patsy Wood

“1984” by George Orwell – Melinda Krause

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving – Lola Cogswell

“Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein – Gary W. Smith

Though it’s hard to blame them, multiple readers disqualified themselves by mentioning more than one volume. And several said the Bible is their favorite book.

Seeing the Elvis concert in Spokane 40 years ago this month: Ginny Semler was running late as she drove the family car – they called it “Ford Hog” – to the Coliseum. “There was zero close parking and I just couldn’t miss a moment of Elvis. So what did I do? I parked in a no-parking loading zone, knowing Ford Hog will probably be gone after the performance.”

Semler and a friend she was meeting both enjoyed the show.

“After he ‘left the building’ as only Elvis could, I raced out to check on our car. There sat Ford Hog waiting patiently.”

Scoring your satisfaction: “I was intrigued by your point system on contentment living in Spokane,” wrote Tara Leininger. “I can’t figure out my points for your city, so I just replaced ‘Spokane’ with Metaline Falls. I scored 99 – maybe I should say 100.”

Finish this sentence: The thing people don’t tell you about taking kids to Disneyland is …

Today’s Slice question: Do you find that you root for the success of national businesses based in cities where you once lived, even if you never worked there and have no financial or personal connection to those commercial enterprises?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email If Gen. Buck Turgidson from “Dr. Strangelove” had been a dental hygienist he might have characterized your excuses for not flossing as “Commie bull.”

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