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Brainerd, Paul (b. 1947)

Paul Brainerd founded the Aldus software company, which produced the first desktop publishing program, Pagemaker. The product transformed printing and publishing almost as dramatically as had moveable...

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Bretz, J Harlen (1882-1981), Geologist

J Harlen Bretz was a geologist who launched one of the great controversies of modern science by arguing, in the 1920s, that the deep canyons and pockmarked buttes of the arid “scablands” of easter...

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Bridges of Washington State: A Slideshow Primer of Technology Through Time

In Washington, bridges are ubiquitous. As of August 4, 2010, there were 9,415 bridges on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) inventory. These include all bridges 10 feet and long...

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Bunker, Dave (b. 1935) and his Electric "Touch" Guitars

Dave Bunker has been deemed an "extremist in guitar invention" and his radical instrument designs once earned him a spot on a list of the Top Ten Weirdest Guitars ever made. Bunker will likely be reme...

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Burke Museum (Seattle)

The Burke Museum, founded in 1885 by a group of teenage boys, is Washington's oldest museum. Since its inception, the museum has been part of the University of Washington, and has had various homes on...

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Century 21 Exposition -- Forward Into the Past! -- A Tour

This is a tour of the Century 21 Exposition, better known as the Seattle World's Fair of 1962. It was written by Alan J. Stein and designed by Chris Goodman.

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Century 21 World's Fair -- Structural Engineering

The Seattle World's Fair of 1962 celebrated Century 21, offering a vision of the future to 10 million visitors and defining Seattle as a city of innovation. Structural engineers contributed to this vi...

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Coast Salish Woolly Dogs

Weaving with spun yarns was a defining characteristic of pre-Contact Coast Salish civilization in the Salish Sea (the marine waterways of what are now Washington and British Columbia), together with t...

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Covington, Wayne Reinhart (1920-1999)

Wayne Reinhart Covington was a noted Boeing engineer whose 45-year career included work on B-17 Flying Fortress, Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile, and on the Saturn V rocket that launched ...

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Crowley, Walter A. (1917-2008)

Walter A. Crowley, in recent years a resident of Oak Harbor, Washington, was an inventor and engineer who developed the first practical air-cushion vehicle in the summer of 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. ...

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Dunbar, Bonnie J. (b. 1949)

Bonnie Dunbar, the first woman from Washington state to become an astronaut, rocketed into space five times. Only a handful of other American astronauts have heard the countdown to liftoff from the in...

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Engholm, Ben (1899-1945): Seattle's pioneering radio loudspeaker designer of the 1920s

At the dawn of the commercial radio industry in the early 1920s, Seattle became an unexpected early hotbed of technological innovation. No less than three different companies began producing radio spe...

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