SW Historical Society updates: Lou Whittaker recalls ‘a heck of a ride’; West Seattle Bridge 30th-anniversary party ahead

May 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 3 Comments

(Video by Mark Jaroslaw)
Thanks to Clay Eals from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for sharing video excerpts from Lou Whittaker‘s West Seattle High School appearance sharing memories from “A Life in the Mountains” (and screening the biographical documentary of the same name). As you’ll hear him observe at one point (or maybe you were there to hear him in person), “It has been a heck of a ride.” And it’s not over yet – he is going strong at 85. More than 100 people came to see and hear him. Read more about it on the SWSHS website.

NEXT UP FOR SWSHS – BRIDGE ANNIVERSARY AND MORE: So much is going on in June, it might take us until then to mention it all here. So instead – check out the right side of the organization’s home page for the latest on the totem-pole unveiling, the next “Words, Writers, West Seattle” author, and … a multi-modal celebration of the 30th anniversary of the high-rise West Seattle Bridge (dedicated July 14, 1984).

(Seattle Municipal Archives photo of The Bridge while it was being built)
According to the SWSHS website, it all starts a month in advance with a special exhibit at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). Read all about the bridge-i-versary plans here.

3 Comments

  1. That is a great picture of the bridges. Can’t wait for the new span to be built.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:55 pm May 20, 2014 #

  2. Aww the bridge and I can celebrate 30 together this year! I have a super vague almost dream like memory of going over the bridge with my grandma as a child probably under 3 that came back to me when I crossed it for the first time since moving up here for college. I remember thinking, this is the place! This is where Grandma took me, it wasn’t a dream. And now I know for sure it was built. Cool stuff!

    Comment by trickycoolj — 8:34 pm May 20, 2014 #

  3. Lou was great last night, I really enjoyed it!

    Comment by alkiruse — 10:46 pm May 20, 2014 #

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