Washington State Magazine

Summer 2014

Summer 2014

State of Wonder

In This Issue...


State of Wonder—Growing up in a state that fosters belonging :: A childhood spent in Washington has never been better. Our abundant natural resources, our trove of teachers and volunteers, and our commitment to child development make this a great state to grow up in. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: A storybook story The Inga Kromann children’s book award }

Machine in the Classroom—New tech tools engage young scientists :: Teaching with new technology may involve a microscope app for an iPad or an affordable circuit board for a budding engineer. School children have some exciting new tools with which to conduct experiments and explore their worlds, but now teachers have to decide how to use them. by Larry Clark ’94

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Focus Microscope Camera captures the world beyond the eye’s reach }

Lost Highway—John Mullan closed the last link of the Northwest Passage and vanished from history—until now :: More than 150 years ago, a contingent of road builders and a military escort set out on a rugged pilgrimage to build a wagon highway across the Rocky Mountains and into the west. Historian Keith Petersen ’73 has traced the tumultuous life of the lead engineer John Mullan and, in the process, uncovered some fascinating facts about what is now known as Mullan Road. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Mullan Road Monuments by Keith Petersen }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Gustav Sohon’s illustrations of the Mullan Road and the West }


:: Charting the course of a globe-trotting pathogen

:: Sex, drugs, and differences

:: The time in between

:: Consider the dragon

:: A matter of taste

:: The scoop on Ferdinand’s murals

:: 100 years of the Bookie

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: A century of the Bookie }


:: First Words

:: Posts

:: In Season: Salmon

:: Sports: Summer spikes

:: Last Words: Ask Dr. Universe


:: Tom Norwalk ’75—Visit Seattle

:: Tim Hills ’93—Hotels and history

:: Cori Dantini ’93—Art and whimsy

:: Allison Helfen ’89—A crush on local wine

:: Alumni news: Lewis Alumni Centre “re-barn”

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—List: Seattle sites you may not have visited }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Book excerpt: The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: The Lewis Alumni Centre Story }

New Media

:: The Aesthetics of Strangeness: Eccentricity and Madness in Early Modern Japan by W. Puck Brecher

:: Hunger Immortal: The First Thirty Years of the West Seattle Food Bank, 1983–2013 by Ronald F. Marshall ’71

:: Legal Guide to Social Media: Rights and Risks for Businesses and Entrepreneurs by Kimberly A. Houser

:: New & Noteworthy: Kierkegaard for the Church: Essays and Sermons by Ronald F. Marshall ’71; The Whiskey Creek Water Company by Jan Walker ’60; Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s edited by Collin Tong; Teeing Up for Success Cheri Brennan ’72, contributor; So This Is Christmas by Jim Devitt ’86

On the cover: Milky Way galaxy over Mount Rainier from Sunrise Point—meteorites show up as streaks of light. This image was a winner in Smithsonian magazine’s 10th annual photo contest. Photo by Dave Morrow. See the entire image.

Summer 2014
Web Exclusives

Seattle sites you may not have visited

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A life-long Seattle resident, Tom Norwalk has seen the city grow and change over the decades. Now as the head of Visit Seattle, he occupies himself with what out-of-towners – from as far away as China and Australia, and sometimes as close as California and Spokane might experience. While everyone may have taken a ride in the Space Needle at some point in their lives, he can think of a few things the locals might be missing.

Here are a few of his favorites:

1. The Olympic Sculpture Park
For decades this part of the Seattle waterfront was an industrial site that few Seattleites got to visit. But then in 2001, several art collectors and the Seattle Art Museum started to transform the prime spot north of downtown into a home for striking and significant works of art from some of the worlds’ renowned sculptors. Some pieces are on loan from private collectors, while others now belong to the Seattle Art Museum.

The park is free and open to everyone, but also available for private tour, with advance notice. Nine acres and a trail that allows many vantages on the works of Alexander Calder’s “Eagle,” Anthony Caro’s steel and rust “Riviera,” and Beverly Pepper’s “Perre’s Ventaglio III.”

The park also features a view of nature’s own sculpture the Olympic Mountain range, as well as fresh perspectives of the city and Elliot Bay.

2. The Great Wheel at the waterfront
This 175-foot-tall Ferris wheel offers views of the city from the waterfront, and a few minutes later, from high above. The wheel, with its enclosed gondolas, came out of a quandary about how to draw people from downtown across the barrier that is the Alaskan Way Viaduct and to the waterfront. It has more than succeeded, says Norwalk.

3. The Chihuly Garden and Glass House
The Seattle Center’s newest museum, this 2012 permanent installation by renowned Northwest artist Dale Chihuly is fantastical. Stunning and colorful, the exhibit of the artist’s glass sculpture from inside the glass house surrounds you with form and color, giving the feeling that you are at the bottom of a pond gazing up at the Space Needle through red and orange lily pads. Outside, Chihuly’s works spring from the earth amidst the trees and flowers.

4. Seattle’s theaters
Along with the 5th Avenue’s broadway-bound offerings, more than 20 other theaters make for a vigorous theater scene that ranges from eclectic offerings like Theater Schmeater’s live Twilight Zone episodes, the nationally-recognized Seattle Children’s Theater productions for children, classical and new works at the Seattle Rep and the Intiman, and large-scale Broadway musicals at the Paramount.

And that’s not even mentioning the Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Opera, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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