Seafair has been a part of Joanne Ludwig’s life for as long as she can remember – not only did her mother work for the chair of the hydro races/yacht club, but she also grew up in a neighborhood full of festival superstars, including a member of the Aqua Follies and a Commodore. In 1994, Ludwig was asked to be the Chair of the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women. She served in this role for almost two decades.
Willie Stargell of the Pittsburg Pirates once said, “When you start the game, they don’t say ‘Work ball!’ They say ‘Play ball!’” And for the 1960 Whitworth College baseball team, play ball they did! The baseball team won against all odds in the NAIA conference in Sioux City, Iowa after a stunning season at home to become the first four year college in Spokane to compete in the tournament and win the title.
With the end of World War II in August 1945, the Garland Theater in Spokane, WA, opened its doors on November 22 of that year. Crowds lined up around the block to see the evening’s comedic double features: It’s a Pleasure and Double Exposure. The lobby, adorned with brown oak walls and floors covered in rose color carpet, was lined with baskets, flowers and well-wishes from Hollywood stars including Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby.
Molly Beck McGoldrick and Carol Capra remember Mikki McGoldrick, who graduated from Lewis and Clark in 1960 and became a Hollywood actress in the 1960s. Mikki went by the stage name, “Mikki Jamison,” and appeared in shows like 77 Sunset Strip, Adam-12, Ozzie and Harriet, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and more. Often inseparable, the three girls spent many summers on nearby lakes, especially Pend Oreille and Coeur d’Alene.
In 1957, Gaylene Pope had the thrill of a lifetime when her father asked her if she would like to ride with him to pick up Elvis Presley at the Spokane train station. Reminisce with Gaylene as she recounts the adventure of meeting the King of Rock n’ Roll.
By Stephanie Plowman Above, Gonzaga University’s first official live mascot, “Teddy Gonzaga,” a Boston bull terrier who debuted in 1921. Photo courtesy of the Gonzaga University Archives. When the Spokane community hears the name “Spike,” most will recognize him as the costumed bulldog mascot of
By Garrin Hertel Above, from left to right: Chad Mitchell, Joe Fraser, and Mike Kobluk are the Chad Mitchell Trio. Photos courtesy of the Kobluk Family Archives. Find a podcast of the Hot Club of Spokane Show, which aired on KEWU in Spokane, WA with
By Del Muse Above, the “renamed” Boots & Saddle Club basketball team, comprised mainly of former Central Valley High School standouts. Photo courtesy of Del Muse. When I was a first year teacher at Central Valley High School in 1950, my high school buddy Chuck
By Marla Hyder and Donald Johnson, an abridged excerpt from Dear Old Nat: Spokane’s Playground Above, the professional Spokane Baseball Club incorporated and joined Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland to form the Pacific Northwest League. Though the “Spokanes” lost their first game in eleven innings to
By Holly George, Co-Managing Editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly and author of journal articles on gender, recreation, and the West published in Pacific Northwest Quarterly and Utah Historical Quarterly. Find her book “Show Town: Theater and Culture in the Pacific Northwest, 1890-1920” online at