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Bass, Robert A. (1926-2002)

Robert A. Bass was one of Washington state's first African American school principals. He was an advocate for diversity and equal educational opportunity in the school district. He and his twin brothe...

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Bassetti, Fred (1917-2013)

The architecture and advocacy of Seattle-based architect Fred Bassetti have had a profound influence in the shaping of Seattle's skyline and Northwest urban communities, and on the professional and ci...

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Bauer, Eddie (1899-1986)

Eddie Bauer, inventor of the down parka, made his name synonymous with high-quality outdoor clothing and sporting goods. An avid outdoorsman, Bauer opened a small sporting goods store in downtown Seat...

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Bauer, Wolf G. (1912-2016)

It was his night, April 9, 2010, and Wolf Bauer looked every bit the star of the show. The Mountaineers club was honoring him as a "Living Legend." At age 98, he was short but straight and steady, his...

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Beachey, Lincoln (1887-1915)

Lincoln Beachey was one of the most famed aviators of his day. In the summer and fall of 1905 he made a series of thrilling balloon flights at Portland's "Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacif...

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Bean, Monte Lafayette (1899-1982)

Monte Bean was a Seattle entrepreneur who is probably most widely known for his creation of the drugstore chain Pay'n Save. It became a pharmacy leader in the Northwest in the 1960s and enjoyed its to...

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Beck, Dave (1894-1993)

Dave Beck was a key leader of the Teamster's Union on the West Coast for some 40 years, from the late 1920s to the early 1960s. He moved to Seattle at age 4 and began his career as a child delivering ...

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Beckey, Fred (1923-2017)

Fabled Pacific Northwest mountaineer Fred Beckey was -- partially due to his eccentric lone-wolf lifestyle and reticence to engage in self-promotion -- a virtual unknown to to the general public. But ...

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Bell, William Nathaniel (1817-1887)

William Nathaniel Bell and his wife Sarah Ann (Peter) Bell (1819-1856) were members of the Denny party that arrived on Alki (present-day West Seattle) on the schooner Exact in 1851. The Bells helped t...

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Benaroya, Jack Albert (1921-2012)

Jack Benaroya was a real-estate developer, civic leader, and philanthropist. He was a pioneer in the development and packaging of industrial parks in the Pacific Northwest and sold his holdings in 198...

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Bentz, Eddie (1894-1979)

Tacoma's Eddie Bentz was never as famous as some of his partners in crime, such as Machine Gun Kelly or Baby Face Nelson, but then, Eddie never liked cheap publicity. J. Edgar Hoover, or more probably...

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Bercot, Henry (1902-1988)

Henry F. "Dode" Bercot, the "Monroe Bearcat," was a welterweight boxer, fighting matches in the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s and early 1930s. By trade a high rigger in the logging camps around Monro...

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