Josephine Baker’s Secret Life as a World War II Spy

The 20th-century icon Josephine Baker was so much more than a sex symbol who danced in a skirt made of bananas. Yes, she took Paris by storm in 1925 with her “Savage Dance” – performed in little more than a strategically-placed feather – and went on to increase her fame with the infamous banana skirt which, legend has it, she designed as a joke for her first revue at the Folies-Bergère. Spokane author Sherry Jones’s novel Josephine Baker’s Last Dance goes on sale December 4, 2018 at Auntie’s Books and everywhere. Continue Reading

“Wandermere: Spokane’s Family Playground” – Ep11 of the King’s Guide

On episode 11 of the King’s Guide, Chuck King welcomes West Valley school teacher, Ty Brown, whose family has operated Wandermere Golf Course for five generations. With never-seen-before family video and photographs, Ty shares the history of Wandermere, including the attractions of the tobaggan hill, ski jump, and more. Continue Reading

Prejudice Is No Match For Two Gonzaga Hall of Famers

Carl Maxey and Frank Burgess both rose from hardscrabble backgrounds to achieve national acclaim as Gonzaga University athletes and, later, in the arenas of law and life. Although they attended Gonzaga at different times, it comes as no surprise that one would help the other in a time of need. Continue Reading

A Lifetime of Seafair Memories

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. Continue Reading

Whitworth College’s Baseball NAIA Championship Victory, 1960

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. Continue Reading

The Garland Theater (1945)

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. Continue Reading

Remembering Mikki McGoldrick

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. Continue Reading

A Lasting Memory of Elvis

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. Continue Reading

Fact or Fiction: The Original Gonzaga Mascot was “The Fighting Irish”

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 Continue Reading

Can’t Help But Wonder Where We’re Bound: Chad Mitchell and Mike Kobluk Remember The Chad Mitchell Trio

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 Continue Reading