In honor of Gary Gaffner: Men in Little Boxes

[1472] Queen Anne Ave at Roy St, looking north, 1940-01-21.
One of these days, I may get over my unrelenting interest (ok, my obsession) with the Counterbalance.  It certainly seems weird treating the system as magical. After all, it was nothing more than a waist-high block of cement that ran through a three or four-foot tunnel on a tiny miniature railroad to boost streetcars up Queen Anne Avenue or to slow them down on the descent. It seems I am not alone in my obsession, for just about everyone living in our neighborhood loves learning about these mysterious streetcars and those men who lived their days in little boxes, one at the hill-top and one at the bottom. …Continue reading “In honor of Gary Gaffner: Men in Little Boxes”

Jean Louise Penrose Sundborg

(September 7, 1939 – June 22, 2018)

Born in Ontario, Oregon, the daughter of George Lewis Penrose (1915-87) and Elinore Sterrett Shields (1913-93), Jean Penrose grew up on their small farm in Tigard, Oregon.

After high-school graduation in 1957, Jean spent a memorable year with her family in Tehran, Iran.  She also lived on a kibbutz in Israel as part of the International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) Program.

With her 1962 Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Oregon State University, she went to Colorado to teach high-school HomeEc.  Her sense of adventure took her to Juneau, Alaska in 1965 where she taught at Juneau-Douglas High School. …Continue reading “Jean Louise Penrose Sundborg”

Alice Rooney, Arts Advocate

Long-time Queen Anne resident Alice Rooney has made major contributions to Seattle-area arts and culture, as administrator of Allied Arts of Seattle and of Pilchuck Glass School.

A graduate of Ballard High School (1943) and the University of Washington, Alice began her career in New York City, where she spent three years working for Mutual Broadcasting as a writer of radio commercials and newsletters. She returned to Seattle to take a job with Wallace V. MacKay Advertising Co., located in Seattle’s Globe Building, and in 1950 began part-time employment as Executive Secretary with the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter — a MacKay client. At AIA, she worked with activist architects including Fred Bassetti, Ibsen Nelsen, and Victor Steinbrueck. …Continue reading “Alice Rooney, Arts Advocate”