When I first moved from a small town to the largest city in the state I spent leisure hours exploring and trying to keep my stick-shift green Volkswagon “Bug” from dying while waiting for stoplights on the steepest parts of every hill!
A few weeks ago this blog roamed through the Seattle highways and waterways of The Covered Bet. This time take a look at the Seattle I knew—the Seattle that is no more..
First up, my favorite place of all, Frederick & Nelson department store. My dentist was in the adjacent Medical/Dental Bldg. I spent a lot of hours in both!
The M/D elevator took me to F&N’s first floor Men’s Store. Many times on emerging, I would spot two of my favorite Seattle people—colleagues, Fred “Downtown” Brown and Donald Earl “Slick” Watts! They also liked to shop! Remember what they did for a living?
Actually, I spent my time on the basement budget floor where the Paul Bunyan Room offered lunch (if I could chew.) Do you have any memorabilia from this heaven-on-earth? I still have a green hatbox.
Speaking of memorabilia: Every Woolworth’s store I ever saw was on a corner. Ours was on 4th and Pine Streets. If I didn’t have a dental appointment, I would stop here first for an egg salad on whole wheat and a bit of browsing. Still have jewelry and knick-knacks from there. How about you?
In March, 1976, we were thrilled to be part of this arena’s opening event—the Billy Graham Crusade! We returned many times to watch the newly formed Seahawk franchise with Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Steve Raible, Ken Hutcherson (who became a beloved pastor.) What was the name of this place? Can you name other players? Were you there too?
Before a game, our entire family (grandparents too) went to this famous place on 4th Ave. S. for a plate of light-as-a-cloud cannelloni, then walked over to the game. No, the cool car isn’t ours.
Occasionally we went to the city for a concert or movie. This theater building and land, aptly named for where it’s located, is owned by the University of Washington, was once a part of the actual campus, and hosted many Broadway Shows and performances through the years. We were privileged to see Mahalia Jackson, and before they disbanded—The Mills Brothers!
This Seattle won my heart. I’m grateful I had a chance to be part of it. However, although its way of being (and parking) has changed; though 96% of the people do not now go to any church, God reminds me he loves each of them. Instead of staying away from this new Seattle, maybe I should see it through his eyes. Something to ponder. How about you? Do you have a city you love?
Please leave a comment with your thoughts—or reminisces.
Praying for you—
photos courtesy Wikipedia