Photos from the 1980s.
Sun., March 25, 2018
WSU’s Shawn Landrum makes the play of the game blocking the punt of UW's Eric Canton. WSU goes on to score and win the Apple Cup in Pullman, Nov. 19, 1988.
Christopher Anderson The Spokesman-Review
Staff photographer Steve Thompson and staff reporter Jim Camden traveled with Heal the Children, a group that brought children from foreign countries to the U.S. and Canada for medical care that is fairly common here but rare or non existent in their home countries.
Heal the Children was started in Spokane in the late 1970s by three women, two of them from Spokane.
This young girl was working with a snake charmer/magician on the streets of Bombay that some of the Heal the Children staff encountered one afternoon in 1983 on their way back to their hotel. The snake charmer and his daughter set up on a street corner, put some baskets around them and the father would do some basic magic tricks. Then the baskets would start to move and snakes would crawl out and the little girl would pick them up and wrap them around her, or lie on the ground and have the snake crawl up and rear as if ready to strike but back off at the command of the magician.
Steve Thompson The Spokesman-Review
In the 1980s, the Chinese government and cultural agencies organized an unusual and outstanding traveling exhibition of over 200 artifacts covering the reign of Chinese Emperors from 700BC until the last Emperor in 1911. The Emperors were called the “ Son of Heaven” and they received the very finest of everything China had to offer. Museums from throughout China donated artifacts in the exhibit to detail their lives including how they ruled and how they prepared for the afterlife.
Internationally acclaimed Spokane photographer Don Hamiliton was contracted to travel to Beijing to set up a studio in The Forbidden City and produce a 200 page catalog of the exhibit artifacts. He also traveled to places like Xi’an to photograph the 7,000 buried terra cotta soldiers and over 500 full sized horses and chariots that escorted the First Emperor to Heaven.
It was thru Don that staff photographer Christopher Anderson applied to travel to China for a two week tour of the sites. He spent time in the Forbidden City in the middle of Beijing and traveled to the outer Provinces to see the artifacts being prepared for the exhibit.
The Son of Heaven was a massive 3.5 year undertaking and one of the first efforts by China to reach out to the rest of the world to show it’s art and culture.
Chuck Nole is framed in a helicopter windshield displaying the plume of Mt. St. Helens during a search and rescue mission.
The Monsters of Rock- a five-headed musical giant starring Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken and Kingdom Come- descended upon Spokane for a 12-hour event that attracted 30,000 fans.
Heavy-metal fans crush up against the stage at Joe Albi Stadium to get closer to performers in the Monsters of Rock concert in 1988. About 30,000 fans converged on Joe Albi Stadium.
Kit King Sr
Diane Maines in the Lucky Friday Mines in 1983.
John Kaplan Sr
The night Ruth Coe was arrested for hiring a hit man to kill the prosecutor and judge in her son’s, Kevin Coe, rape trail she talks with her husband, Gordon Coe, through a window at the jail. Coe was The Spokane Daily Chronicle's managing editor and had seen his son convicted and now his wife was headed to trial and incarceration. The infamous South Hill Rapist trial kept Spokane’s attention.
This is a 1981 photo of Julie Twyford, a Spokane attorney, who was one of Fred Coe's defense attorneys during his first rape trial. Twyford was arrested after driving her car into the Spokane River, later in the day after Coe was found guilty.
Jim Shelton Sr
One of the Ladies of the Lobby a 500-pound heifer, makes her entrance, Oct. 5, 1984, in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel. She was part of the Spokane National Stockshow, which features a livestock sale in the lobby. Bill Cox of Pomeroy, Wash., escorts the lady. Taking the doorman's role is Will Wolf of Otis Orchards.
Shawn Jacobson The Spokesman-Review
Portrait of 84-year-old nursing home resident cuddling a baby chick in 1983.
Jimi Lott Sr
Abraham Lincoln stands ready with a mask in downtown Spokane, Wash., May 1980.
Phil Schofield Sr
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