Washington State Magazine

Winter 2010 cover


Winter 2010

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In This Issue...

Features

Civility in Politics and Campaigns :: Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed '63, '68 is recognized by his smile and civility as well as his nonpartisan statesmanship. Fortunately, he is not entirely alone. by Larry Clark

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed's Office Photographs by Robert Hubner }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Opinions: Sam Reed and Sam Hunt in the 1966 Daily Evergreen }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Washington's First Women in Government An exhibit from the Washington State Heritage Center in the Secretary of State's office }

First We Eat :: She studies appetite. He studies satiation. Together, Sue and Bob Ritter have plumbed the mysteries of what happens when we eat. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: WSU appetite specialists Bob and Sue Ritter at the Black Cypress restaurant Photographs by Zach Mazur '06 }

Where Land and Water Meet :: For Todd Mitchell '97, the purchase of Kiket Island near Deception Pass meant the return of a cultural resource to his people. For the other myriad residents of the Puget Sound area, it is another decisive step toward restoring a priceless resource. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Kiket Island Photographs by Ingrid Barrentine }

ESSAY

Understanding the "Civility Crisis" :: There is a reason why rude and loutish political talk shows dominate the airwaves—they attract huge audience ratings and advertising dollars. But is rude behavior good for democracy? by Cornell Clayton

Panoramas

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: WSU arboretum and wildlife conservation center groundbreaking ceremony }

Departments

:: FIRST WORDS: Common cause

:: LETTERS

:: SHORT SUBJECT: A new land

:: SPORTS: Living for a cure

:: IN SEASON: Chickpeas

:: LAST WORDS: Betty and Peggy Lee in 1936

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Chickpea research at WSU }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Recipes: Chickpea recipes from Chef Mike Hayton '91 at Pullman's Paradise Creek Brewery, editor Tim Steury, and assistant editor Larry Clark }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Mount St. Helens: A new land Photographs by Bill Wagner }

Tracking

Cover illustration: State Rep. Sam Hunt '67, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed '63, '68, and State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette '68 by Joe Ciardiello

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: About the cover: Civility in Politics by Joe Ciardiello }

Last Words
Betty and Peggy Lee in 1936. Courtesy Betty Lee

Betty and Peggy Lee in 1936. Courtesy Betty Lee

Betty and Peggy Lee in 1936

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One day in 1936 Betty Lee and her twin sister Peggy, about four years old, posed for their mother in the Washington State College shirts given to them by Carl Morrow, then Dean of Men at WSU.

Their parents, Don and Julia Lee, moved to Pullman in the 1930s and opened a restaurant, and later ran a small grocery on Maiden Lane. Morrow was a regular customer at their restaurant, which served “American” food, says Betty Lee. On occasion, he brought the family gifts, conferring on the girls the shirts, dolls, and balls. 

Betty Lee graduated from WSU in 1954 with a degree in general studies. Her sister Peggy also graduated from WSU. They went on to have careers at the University, Betty working in the Agronomy department and Peggy with Extension. Peggy died in 2008. Betty still lives in town.

Betty says her mother was always taking pictures of her twins—when she could find them. Life was a great adventure growing up in the shadow of a large university. “My sister and I used to go exploring on campus and sometimes we would get lost,” says Lee. Their roaming was to the consternation of their parents. “My mother would say, ‘If you see two Chinese girls wandering around town, please tell them to come home.’”

Categories: Alumni, WSU history | Tags: 1936, College Hill, WSU staff

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