Westside Story – On The Road 75 Years Later – Part 3

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During the summer of 1965 I survived learning some life lessons that serve me well to this day. There are two ways to learn things; the easy way and the hard way. I learned these lessons the hard way while serving as a college scholarship intern for James S. Kemper Insurance Company in Chicago, Illinois. [Read more…]

Westside Story – On The Road 75 Years Later – Part 2

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If you missed Westside Story – On The Road 75 Years Later – Part 1, please consider clicking the blue link to catch up.

My roommate, Jim Singer, and I combined walking and bus riding for our daily commute to and from work. On one fateful day as we made our way home, we were swept up in a racial protest down in the Loop. We did not fully understand what was happening, nor did we wish to protest. We tried to escape the fracas by entering a nearby jewelry store. The owner quickly slammed and locked the door and would not let us in. He must have thought we were protestors bent on pillaging his store. [Read more…]

Westside Story – City of Lakewood makes the impossible possible

New road connects family.

On Friday, July 24, 2015, a good news article appeared in The Suburban Times titled Legislative Session Successful For Lakewood.  Under the sub-heading JBLM Corridor, I found miracle news which read as follows:

  • “A local connector road between Gravelly Lake Drive and Thorne Lane, essentially opening up the Tillicum neighborhood to the rest of Lakewood for the first time.”

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Westside Story – Tillicum Scores 10 on Neg-O-Meter

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I recently invented a prototype high tech device called the Neg-O-Meter. The Neg-O-Meter operates much like a Geiger Counter only instead of measuring radiation, it measures human negativity.

I used a Homeland Security approved bungee cord to attach my Neg-O-Meter to a radio controlled drone which I flew over the entire city to determine where the strongest source of negative attitudes radiate from. I did not fly my drone over the kids playing soccer at Ft. Steilacoom Park, because it is dangerous and besides, kids playing soccer are not going to be negative. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Lemonheads

Make up artist, Rachael Wagoner, fixing my radio face for film while I am in full costume.

I imagine some of you have heard me describe my life in three chapters. Chapter I involved 25 + years in business. Chapter II was 23 + years in public service as a deputy sheriff. After I retired on April Fool’s Day, 2013, I started Chapter III which is The Arts. [Read more…]