Washington State Magazine

Summer 2005

Summer 2005

In This Issue...


Book Season: Washington State love its literature :: In a report released last summer, the National Endowment for the Arts warned that literary reading has declined over the last 20 years. Scary stuff, huh? So we did our own informal survey of faculty, students, and alums. Their response? Read on!

Shock Physics: Power, Pressure, and People :: After the Soviet Union tested its first nuclear device, the U.S. determined that staying ahead in the arms race would require the best scientists and the best weapons. A new federal funding model emerged, channeling money into universities around the country for research and the training of the next generation of national scientists. By the late 1950s, WSU had started on shock-wave research.

Bear Bones: A Murder Mystery :: It must have been easy to drop the body into this part of Pullman, a section that sees so little traffic. The old county road was research land where hardly anyone but the groundskeepers ventured. But somebody had an ugly secret to hide.


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Birth, Death & Architecture :: Architecture professor Paul Hirzel wanted to push his students out of their mindsets. So he asked them to design a single building for both the beginning and the end of life: a funeral home/birthing center. }


:: FIELD NOTES:In Search of the Wild Chickpea

:: FOOD AND FORAGE:Asparagus

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: One-on-one: A chapter from Home Stand :: A chapter from Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports, a memoir by James McKean '68, '74 about growing up in the Pacific Northwest in the late '50s and early '60s. }


Cover: After 54 years of diligence, Nature Boy takes a break from the west face of Holland Library for some beach and reading time with Seattle's Hammering Man. Illustration by David Wheeler.


Alumni Achievement Awards

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Last winter the Alumni Association honored sports greats James Donaldson ('79 Soc.) and Craig Ehlo (x '86 Soc. Sci.) with Alumni Achievement Awards for their contributions to Washington State University and professional basketball, as well as service to their respective communities.

Donaldson, who was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics after graduating in 1979, enjoyed a 14-year National Basketball Association career and was a 1988 NBA All-Star. He now lives in Seattle and is owner of Donaldson Physical Therapy & Fitness and the Donaldson Clinic, which he first opened in 1990 with the idea that he would go into physical therapy work at the end of his basketball career. (See Washington State Magazine, winter 2003-04.)

Ehlo, a native of Lubbock, Texas, played at WSU until he was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 1983. (See WSM, summer 2002.) Over the next 14 years he played in succession for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Seattle Supersonics. He now works as a color commentator for Fox Sports Net, covering the Sonics and the NBA for the Northwest Sports Report.

Both basketball greats are active in their communities, play with the Gray W National Varsity Club, and are life members of the Alumni Association.

Also named for Alumni Achievement Awards last winter was Donald M. Newbold ('50 Bus. Admin.), Spokane. A former marine who fought at Iwo Jima, Newbold returned to Washington State College at the close of World War II to earn his degree, then went into the insurance businesses. He owned Olympia Insurance Brokers near Lacey. His community work includes memberships in the Lions Club, the Masons, and the American Legion. As an alumnus, he has served on many committees, helping determine scholarships and organize local alumni functions.

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