Eight hour drive and ferry boat to Shaw Island, WA condensed into two minutes.
Song: Chinese Blues
Artist: George Gershwin
First flight with my company’s new Phantom 3 quadcopter/drone. I took it out to get some practice with it but ended up getting a couple of interesting shots so I quickly put this video together.
We like to take our son and dog for hikes in a nice 27 acre natural area, near our house, called Wyakin Park. Our little boy loves running and exploring, so I had to act quickly to set up these shots before he would run off.
Song: San Blas
Artist: Holy Coast
Album: Self Titled
I had some cute iPhone footage of my son playing with his toy lawn mower but then I got this idea for a vintage commercial, so I shot some more footage with a GoPro and a Nikon D7100. The audio comes from an old 1957 commercial that lies in the public domain. Edited with Adobe Premier Pro. Vintage effects were created in Adobe After Effects.
This is pretty cool. Working at Quinn Group, I had always heard stories about how our founder, Jerry Quinn, saved the Riverfront Park Clock Tower from demolition. With the 40th Anniversary of Expo ’74 coming up, Jerry has been getting some recognition for his efforts.
Below, listen to his radio interview & read an article about how it all went down.
KXLY AM 920 Interview
Try to envision Spokane without that Clocktower, jutting grandly out of the former Expo ’74 landscape that we now call Riverfront Park.
Sure, maybe our beloved brick landmark isn’t quite on a par with Seattle’s Space Needle.
But Spokane has never had the pretense of those prisoners of taste to the west of us. I’ll settle for Spokane humility any old day.
Hard to believe that the Clocktower was ground zero for a contentious civic feud that was waged in the days leading up to Spokane’s first (and quite possibly last) World’s Fair.
On one side was Save Our Stations.
Made up of preservationist-minded community members, the SOS crowd sought to rescue the two train stations that occupied sizable chunks of real estate on the future Expo grounds.
The aged depots were the Great Northern, which included the Clocktower, and the Union Pacific. Both depots were gifted to the city by the railroads as part of the Expo makeover deal.
On the other side of the struggle were the progressives: Expo movers and shakers and pretty much the city’s leadership from the mayor on down.
To them, well … this July 1972 newspaper excerpt quoting then-Councilman Del E. Jones does a fine job of summing up the anti-depot sentiment: The stations, huffed Jones, “ ‘have served their purposes,’ are ‘an eyesore’ and should be removed: ‘I say let’s get rid of them.’ ”
Like most everyone in Spokane, I had completely forgotten about this tempest in a rail yard.
Until, that is, I received an email telling me about a former advertising executive who led the SOS in its ultimately doomed fight against the wrecking ball: Jerry Quinn.
With the 40th anniversary of Expo looming, it seemed like an ideal time to meet this character and hear what he had to say.
You’ve heard that time heals all wounds? Quinn might have missed the message. Forty years and change later, the demolished depots are still a shot to the heart.
“I tried. I lost. Oh, well,” the 74-year-old said with a sigh.
Quinn makes a point of saying that his side was never against Expo ’74.
Expo, he agrees, was the catalyst that put this town on the world stage.
And not only that. Our environmental exposition with souvenir ashtrays transformed the downtown riverfront into one gem of a tourist destination.
Quinn’s point – and it’s a good one – is that as grand as Riverfront Park may be, it could have been better, still, by saving at least the vast Great Northern depot.
I agree. The cavernous brick depot, with its marble floors and oak trim, could have become an all-purpose, year-round venue for weddings, concerts and special events.
“I was never anti-Expo,” he repeated. “I was for making Expo better.”
Though the stations may have had no industrial value, he added, in a parklike setting they would’ve been magnificent.
Of course, we are talking about the summer of 1972 when all this SOS stuff started hitting the fan.
Preserving historic edifices wasn’t very high on the list of social causes back then.
Need I remind you that it wasn’t so long ago when some of our so-called leaders talked favorably about tearing down The Davenport Hotel and Lewis and Clark High School?
Quinn is an engaging guy, a New Jersey transplant who migrated here in 1967 with Alice, his wife.
“I fell in love with Spokane,” he said.
So how does an outsider from the East Coast wind up leading a civic crusade like SOS?
The answer can be found in one short word: trains.
Quinn is off the rails about trains. At one point, Quinn’s model train obsession consisted of 600 locomotives and 3,000 cars.
He was certainly in his element when I met him Tuesday.
Quinn was tending court inside Evergreen Railroad Modelers, a model train lovers’ delight located in a Greenacres strip mall.
The entire room is devoted to the hobby.
There are realistic HO-scale layouts of intricate towns, wooded mountains, rocky cliffs and 800 feet of track to run those tiny trains on.
Quinn directed the Inland Empire chapter of the National Railway Historical Society back in the day. He said his concern for the depots began when he saw that they weren’t included on the first Expo plan.
His investigation took him to City Hall, where he said he was told by a city official that the depots had to go because of their worn-out boilers that were too expensive to replace.
Quinn soon discovered the boiler excuse was bogus.
Those depots, he said, were heated by the Washington Water Power steam plant.
“I was infuriated that a city official would lie to a citizen.”
Oh, Jerry. You poor, naive soul.
Within months, the SOS was making headlines.
They took their case to City Council. They staged a peaceful march through the streets of Spokane.
Quinn said leading the SOS got him mocked by business leaders. He even received anonymous calls at home from people who told him to get out of town.
Things came to a head when the SOS gathered enough signatures on petitions to put the fate of the two stations in the hands of the voters. Who derailed them with too many “no” votes.
In the end, however, the city didn’t toss the entire baby out with the bathwater. An earlier plan to keep the Clocktower was made good and, thankfully, it still stands tall today.
For Quinn, it sometimes has been a bitter lemon to suck on.
“It’s like showing people where George Washington’s home once was and saying, ‘but there’s the chimney,’ ” he said.
But the SOS man is enough of a realist to see the value of this icon in the park. He even smiles when some of his pals refer to it as Quinn Tower.
“It makes me feel good that it was saved,” said the railroad man.
James took his first steps on Saturday, January 11th, 2014.
Sat 30 November, 2013
Mind Your Manners
Let The Records Play
Push Me, Pull Me
Do The Evolution
I Won’t Back Down
Nothing As it Seems
Don’t Gimme No Lip
Brain Of J.
Given To Fly
Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love
Today is our nanny, Shannon‘s, last day. She’s not only in her third trimester but she’s moving to Boise with her husband!
She has been a wonderful addition to our family and we will miss her greatly. Our little boy James was very lucky to have her in his life for his first year.
As a going away present, my wife wrote a beautiful note and then gave me links to some of Shannon’s best instagram photos of our little boy. I put it all together and let’s just say there were some tears shed this morning when I gave it to her.
You were my PARENT when my mommy and daddy could not be with me.
You were my TEACHER by reading me stories and showing me life lessons.
You were my BEST FRIEND day after day by playing with me and making me laugh.
Your positive influence on the first year of my life will never be forgotten.
Thank you for being the best nanny ever!
I will miss you.
Just driving down Garland Avenue. I cannot believe this actually happened.