Photo by Adam Jaime, on Unsplash.

I’ve blogged something every day in 2019, save for June 16 and I’m still not sure what happened there. This seemed like a good place to go out on and wrap up the series.

From HistoryLink and Phil Dougherty:


This is the kind of nerdery that I live for. The first time a lot of people in Seattle were able to witness a movie with sound was 92 years ago today. It wouldn’t be the first time a movie with sound would play in Seattle, but it would be the first commercially viable one, but it’s also bad because of its use of blackface.

According to HistoryLink:


Photo from Yelp.

The Emerald Queen Casino has been such an important part of the Tacoma area for over 20 years now. It’s probably one of the most recognizable casinos in the Northwest, and some of their billboards along I-5, I swear, can be seen from space.

And it opened in its new location in Fife fifteen years ago today. From HistoryLink and Miguel Douglas:


By Visitor7 — Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24726045

A very necessary Happy Birthday is due to one of Seattle’s most long-running theaters. It opened 112 years ago today and it remains an excellent place to see a show.

From Eric L. Flom of HistoryLink:


In March of 2009, Hearst turned the Seattle Post-Intelligencer into an online-only newspaper, which was a damn tragedy. But the PI has been a Hearst property for almost 100 years now, as an editorial announced the acquisition 98 years ago today.

From HistoryLink:


Prohibition, what a time to be alive!

From HistoryLink and Greg Lange:


Photo from YouTube/Google Images.

It’s a Christmas miracle!

From Dorothea Nordstrand and HistoryLink, this story is remarkable:


Seattle Met magazine called it “one of the most heinous crimes in Seattle history.” It is quite ghastly and horrifying.

In the great article about the case, James Ross Gardner writes:


They do look pretty angry! From Stijn te Strake on Unsplash.

The outbreak of mad cow disease was both a very big deal in 2003, and the subject of way too many late night talk show jokes. But the US outbreak began in a town I hadn’t heard of, Mabton, in Yakima County.

According to Kit Oldham at HistoryLink:


Photo by Alex Zamora, on Unsplash.

Depression-era Washington state had a big menace on their hands that needed to be addressed: jazz music. Really.

As Peter Blecha wrote in HistoryLink:

Chris Burlingame

Seattleite, (mostly) retired arts/culture blogger. Come for the Seinfeld references, stay for the Producers references.

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