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The Slice: Spokane: Betwixt and between

Spokane is the biggest city between …

“Seattle and Minneapolis.” – Gary Roberto

“Airway Heights and Liberty Lake.” – Jerry Sciarrio

“Spokane Valley and Medical Lake.” – Lew VanDeMark

“Spangle and Usk.” – Bill Hudson

Going through old family photos: “My mother and stepfather are still here, but I did have to downsize and move them,” wrote Susan Johnson. “What I learned going through all their photos was, they took pictures of EVERYTHING and had several copies made of ALL!”

Patsy Wood and others expressed a common frustration. “I learned we did not know who the people were in the photos and there were no names or places written on the backs of them.”

Lisa Nunlist has a picture of her father, gone since 1973, with a Korean friend. The picture was taken during the Korean War. She doesn’t know the name of her dad’s friend. “Oh, how I’d like to send a copy to this man’s family.”

Audrey Hoffmann discovered after her mother’s death that her mom had somehow snagged some nude pictures Audrey took of one of her boyfriends. “It was the ’70s,” she explained.

There are a lot of these stories: “I was just recently informed that home delivery of the Spokesman in Lacrosse was being terminated,” wrote longtime Slice reader Fritz Howard. “I had the option to continue online which I accepted.

“However, a shout-out needs to go to the dedicated man who, for about 30 years, got up at an unimaginable time of morning to deliver papers. Mike Stine is one of a kind and I will miss seeing him every morning. Darkness, rain or deep snow would not deter Mike, his golf cart and his dog.”

The year Baltimore went 0-2 against New York: The Slice mention of the Jets victory over the Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl reminded Johnny Unitas fan Steve Owings of Baltimore’s second championship loss that year – the Mets topping the Orioles. Steve rooted for Baltimore because of growing up in Montana and the fact the O’s had a Billings kid, Dave McNally.

“Thanks for bringing up the memories, I guess.”

Today’s Slice question: Here’s an idea from my friend and former colleague Alison Boggs. Just fill in the blanks.

Even though I’ve lived in Spokane for (_____) years, I’ve never (_______).

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email “Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.” – headline in The New York Times last week

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