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Posts from June 2014
by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 25 2014 12:02PM
Many of the Nation's biggest rock n roll groups played at the Downtown Dance Club in Yakima beginning in 1967. The Downtown was owned and operated by Yakima Businessman Ron Barnsley. The Downtown , located on South 2nd street,had a block buster opening in June of 1967 when the Grassroots came to town. I know,because I was there. Their hit, Let's live for today,had just been released. It happened to be the first song they sang at the Downtown. Kima Radio was the driving force behind promoting the groups that would play at the Downtown.
KIma had a dj booth inside the club where Kima personality Dave Hood would play records and give away prizes during intermission. Yakima rock n roll fans had a chance to see stars like Rick Nelson,The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Merilee Rush and Sugarloaf without leaving town.
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by Tom Reddick posted Jun 16 2014 4:57PM
Because my son and I both are low on funds we didn't get together this year. so I took my self out for Fathers Day went to Famost Dave's and had there bread pudding. that's all just a treat for me. If you never had the bread pudding there you've go to try it . tell em Tom sent you. they don't know who I am so it'll be fun to watch em act like they do. ha ha
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Topics : Human Interest
by Tom Reddick posted Jun 11 2014 1:58PM
I Knew it! all these years they said oh no we don't have one of those now here they ar testing the technology to see if they can land on Mars. So if you ever saw one maybe you really did!!!
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by Brian Stephenson posted Jun 10 2014 9:41AM
In the words of one-time Hostess Spokesperson, Ann Blyth, “Freshness Never Tasted So Good”. For those of you who enjoy arcane 1970’s TV references……you’ll remember Ann’s sultry if not sappy tones, singing the praises of Hostess Snack Cakes. If you don’t remember, or you’re trying to forget……look her up on youtube. (link)

In any case, that advertising slogan is really appropriate for describing what I find each week at the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Yakima. This year’s market started up in mid-May and is getting better with more variety each week. My wife and granddaughter and I have made it a Sunday tradition the past few years and there are some new features we’re enjoying including ‘espresso’. Groovin’ Grounds has a mobile truck parked within the market and they make a mean Americano!

This past Sunday, there were cherries of a couple of different varieties already available, strawberries which were picked earlier that morning, local asparagus, various greens, onions and a plethora of produce (much of which is pesticide free), locally produced jerky, honey, flowers, crafts and so much more. My wife and I enjoyed a plate of some delectable Filipino food while Anna devoured a snow-cone.

Something for everyone with more added each week. Here’s a link to their website for more information.
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Topics : Human Interest
People : Ann Blyth
by Tom Reddick posted Jun 9 2014 6:50PM
Just saw "Edge of Tomorrow" the new Tom Cruise movie and I think it a cool plot line for a Syfy movie . If you like Syfy check this one out and don't wait for the DVD you need to see this one on the big screen I like it so much I'm going to see it again.
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People : Tom Cruse
by Tom Reddick posted Jun 6 2014 3:45PM
A few years ago I got to go to Orlando FL and record an Interview with Lavar Burton at a Children's Miracle Network event. Just lucky I guess.
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Topics : Human Interest
by Tom Reddick posted Jun 5 2014 2:19PM
DONATIONS NEEDED: The city of Yakima says an anonymous donor has agreed to give $100,000 to upgrade Randall Park – if the community can match that amount dollar for dollar. You can find out how you can help meet the donor's challenge here:

and if the parks are not your thing I will be more than willing to take your donations. the money will go to the " Tom would like to be Rich fund" it's like my own personal make a wish foundation. and thank you. the Tom you save my be you own, thanks to you Tom works for all of us , a Tom is a terrible Tom to waste, and remember only you can prevent Tom from being poor.
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Location : Yakima
People : Randall Park
by Tom Reddick posted Jun 4 2014 3:18PM

Tom's complant for the day

by Tom Reddick posted May 20 2014 4:27PM
was looking forward to buying ribs for BBQ for this three day weekend. a few weeks ago they were $9 a slab now they are $15 what this world coming to!!!! next thing you know gas will be $3.80 a gallon...oh wait...well never mind.
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by Tom Reddick posted Jun 4 2014 3:06PM
I have been trying to get my Blog in the right place on or site so here I go again. I was asking if anyone remembered your mom and dad letting you camp out in the back yard when you were  little. well it seem like the weather we're going tohave the next few day would perfect. when I was a kid our tent was a blanket thrown over some rope...good times ..good times.
by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 4 2014 10:46AM
Bands like Paul Revere and the Raiders , Don and the Goodtimes
and the Beatles were an inspiration to up and coming rock and roll
bands in Yakima in the mid 60's. As a student at Highland High School
in Cowiche we had great record dances provided by History Teacher
Ken Leader. Ken always did his best to provide a Live Yakima band
as well. One of the hot bands at the time were the Lost Souls. The Lost
Souls played at the Highland High Christmas Ball in 1966.
Other rock bands at the time included the Velvet Illusions,
The Gentlemen Wilde and the Time Exit. Besides playing at area
High Schools, there were many other venues for the bands to show
their stuff. They included the YakIma Armory,Carpenters Hall,The Gay Shateau and the Downtown. The Downtown was the Premiere Dance Club in the 60's.More on that in a future Professor's Blog. I have included a photo from my High School Annual of the Lost Souls.
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People : Paul Revere