The van Kinsbergens of Seattle

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September 20, 2002

          My friend Art Skolnik is now the Executive Director of the Kalakala Foundation. As a result, I have been playing around with some pictures of the Kalakala. For you non Seattle-ites, the Kalakala was a 1935 built Art Deco Ferry that was retired in 1967, "disappeared" and resurfaced as a crab processing plant in Alaska. It was towed back here a couple of years ago and will be restored - if the money can be raised of course. I (with a little help from Adobe Photoshop) have created a  Kalakala Slide Show  for my and your amusement. It takes vintage pictures of the Kalakala and other period vehicles and inserts them into modern pictures of the area around Seattle. Enjoy.

In August, we were visited by several "Tall ships". The following includes a "before and after" on one picture that I took. The after was created by using Adobe Photoshop to make a few "modifications".



We had our normal Seafair activities and pier shows this summer as well. 

The really exciting event of the Summer was the opening of our new football stadium about 1 mile from here. Yours truly was "invited" to the dedication ceremony as a photographer (you don't want to Know because if I tell you, I will have to kill you!) along with other Seattle media professionals. Below you see the Seahawk's play by play announcer (at big podium), Seattle's Mayor (facing the camera), Washington's Governor (next to the lady in red), and Paul Allen (directly behind the small podium) as the ceremonial streamers are launched. Following that are some panoramas of the stadium that I took at the ceremony.


Audrey and I took a trip to Whidby Island in March and took pictures of friends we met.



Above: Son Jon getting prepared for the summer.                         A Picture of the "family".

Below: Other big news. In July we bought a new (2001) Mercedes SL500 two seater. Mercedes has completely redone the SL500 for 2002 and they are very difficult to obtain. Our local dealer stocked up on 2001s and this was the last one. Brand new beautiful car, and they made us an offer we couldn't refuse. We traded Audrey's 1993 Lexus LS400 with 33,000 miles in on it. We have put a total of about 7,500 miles on two cars in 5 years in Seattle, so why a new car? Again, if I tell you, I will have to kill you!