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The Slice: Nixon or Garvey: Who do you boo?

Sure, it’s pure fantasy.

But if you were born too late or simply did not live in the Spokane area at the time, there is a time-travel choice to be made.

If you could go back, would you rather spend time at Expo ’74 or be around for the Spokane Indians’ 1970 season?

Let’s examine a few of the arguments in favor of each choice.

Expo: You could attend multiple memorable concerts.

Indians: It would be your chance to see what some consider one of the best minor league baseball teams of all time.

Expo: You could soak in all the beguiling accents.

Indians: You could sit in the stands and confidently declare, “You know, I think a lot of these guys are going to wind up playing for the Dodgers very soon.”

Expo: You could tell tourists that the downtown waterfalls were installed just for the fair.

Indians: Because AAA baseball is a much longer season than Class A, you could make a summer of attending games.

Expo: You could boo Richard Nixon.

Indians: You could boo Steve Garvey.

Expo: You could meet and vigorously date captivating people from around the world.

Indians: If you are female and comfortable with a certain morally casual attitude, you might canoodle with future big-leaguers.

Expo: You could dine on exotic cuisine.

Indians: You could eat hot dogs and razz Tommy Lasorda when he walked to the mound to change pitchers.

OK, your turn.

Reader challenge: In 25 words or less, describe your idea for a set-in-Spokane TV series.

It can be a comedy, action/adventure, police procedural, something dark and gritty — you name it.

The entry deadline is a week from today. Include a daytime phone number.

First prize will be a coveted reporter’s notebook. Second prize will be lunch with your old pal, Uncle Slice.

Warm-up question: Would those who are afraid of air travel feel better about flying if they could buy tickets on an airline whose fleet consisted of B-17s and B-24s?

Today’s Slice question: If, instead of New Orleans, Spokane Valley was the center of the Mardi Gras universe, how would today be different around here?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Surprise parties: Yes or no?

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