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Washington Celebrities Remembered
May 25, 1999 - Jerri Brooker

Memorial Day is May 31 this year. As a tribute to Washingtonians who have gone before us, I've decided to dedicate this column to remembering some of them.

I was never much for rock and roll, but Jimi Hendrix was a legend in his short time. Do a web search and you will find lots of Jimi Hendrix sites. I chose this particular one, as the writer, James McQuire, not only did a term paper worth reading, but has included some tablature on four of Jimi's songs. Jimi was left-handed, but played a right-handed guitar upside down. Jimi's final resting place is in Renton, Washington at Greenwood Memorial Park, 350 Monrose NE.

Mary McCarthywas a well-known Seattle writer writing before her time (1912 - 1989). Follow the link and find out about her and her writings. She was very vocal, and not afraid to voice her beliefs and thoughts.

Bruce Lee, born as Li Jun Fan on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, started a Kung Fu Institute in Seattle, Washington during his eventful life as a Kung Fu expert. He starred in many movies, the first at six years old. He taught Steve McQueen his art, as he did many others. He attended the University of Washington while here. Read a short biography about Bruce. His grave site is at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle, 1554 15th East.

When you hear I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby immediately pops into your head, if you are at all familiar with the Tacoma, Washington-born crooner. He was born May 3, 1903. Click the link and read about why he claimed he was born on another day.

Born in Aberdeen,Washington February 20, 1967, Kurt Cobain shook the rock and roll world with his talent as the lead in Nirvana. He is known for making the "grunge" scene in the music world. He died in 1994 and is buried in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 5041 35th Avenue NE, Seattle, Washington.

"The Duke," John Wayne, didn't have residential ties to Washington, but he came to John Wayne Marina - named after him in Sequim, Washington - to spend lots of time. He donated the site in 1975 to Sequim locals. He arrived on his "Wild Goose," and really enjoyed the surrounding area. The marina remains as a tribute to a talented "cowboy" of the screen. Go here to learn more about him.

Last but not least for today: Chief Seattle is another native. This Ohio theatre link tells the story and gives the most famous quote of our past local chief of the Duwamish.

Until next time.
Copyright 1999 Jerri Brooker

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