Washington State Magazine

Winter 2009 cover

Winter 2009

In This Issue...


How We Eat Is What We Are :: In the 1960s, 24.3 percent of Americans were overweight. Now, over 60 percent of us are. Even though other countries are hot on our heels, we are still the plumpest folk in the world. Does it matter? by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Vintage food advertisements }

Paper Cuts :: Not that many years ago Washington's legislature was covered by more than 30 journalists from around the state. Now that number is eight. The Seattle Times no longer has a bureau on the east side of Lake Washington, and a print Post-Intelligencer no longer exists. Who will give us information and investigation when the papers have all gone? by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Map: Changes in Washington state newspapers: An interactive map of layoffs, closures, and re-invention of news sources in Washington state. }

Old News :: Just as several of Washington's newspapers have vanished from the landscape, librarians and volunteers are bringing our state's near-forgotten newspapers to light.

Talking Turkey :: As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, you might like to know that turkey farming in North America has been around a lot longer than you thought. New genetic tools applied to a common turkey byproduct have given turkey afficionados a lot more to think about. by Cherie Winner

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Galleries: Heritage turkeys and Turkey Feathers }


Life After Newspapers :: It's a whole new cyberworld out there, and I'm the dinosaur dude who's trying to figure out where to go from here. by Jim Moore '78


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Photographs of Olympia Avenue, WSU's new sustainable residence hall }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Stormwater project by Spokane County Extension }


:: FIRST WORDS: Cultivated thought


:: SHORT SUBJECT: Track to the future

:: SPORTS: Doubling back

:: IN SEASON: Clams

:: LAST WORDS: Grover Krantz (1931-2002) and Clyde

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Acres of Clams }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE: Design presentations from the “Powering the Palouse” symposium }


Cover photo: Railroad tracks through the basalt cliffs at Palouse Falls State Park. Photo by David Hogan.

Last Words
The skeletons of Krantz and Clyde


The skeletons of Krantz and Clyde mounted for the Smithsonian's exhibition. Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST

Krantz and Clyde in life


Grover Krantz and Clyde. Courtesy Krantz family

Grover Krantz (1931-2002) and Clyde

by | © Washington State University

“I’ve been a teacher all my life, and I think I might as well be a teacher after I’m dead,” Grover Krantz told the Smithsonian’s anthropology collections manager David Hunt as they negotiated Krantz’s proposed donation of his skeleton to the Smithsonian’s natural history museum. As a physical anthropologist specializing in hominoid evolution, Krantz gleaned his understanding and ideas by studying the bones of apes and humans. Following his death, his own bones would become available for study.

Odds were, however, that his bones would remain in a drawer, alongside the bones of his three Irish wolfhounds, which he had already donated, waiting for whatever forensic or osteological questions might be answered through their examination.

But along came a proposal for a major exhibit, “Written in Bone,” based on work by forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley and focusing on a study of Colonial-era grave sites in the Chesapeake region. Owsley proposed including Krantz, and Clyde, his favorite wolfhound, as a finale to the exhibit. Museum taxidermist Paul Rhymer agreed to try and put Krantz’s and Clyde’s skeletons together, modeling them after a photograph of Krantz and his dog.

The effectiveness of Rhymer’s effort, which captures the warmth of the scientist and dog’s relationship in life, can be seen in the young faces in the photograph.

Krantz arrived at Washington State University in 1968 and retired in 1998. He was widely regarded for his work in human evolution and, more controversially, for his study of Sasquatch.

Categories: Anthropology, WSU faculty | Tags: Taxidermy, Forensic anthropology, Dogs

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