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Legeros, Chris (1952-2015)

Chris Legeros was a longtime reporter and anchor at KIRO 7 in Seattle, spending 31 years at the CBS affiliate. He started his 39-year journalism career at WTCN TV and WWTC radio in Minneapolis and in ...

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Lehmann, J. Hans (1911-1996), Ballard Hospital founder and arts patron

J. Hans Lehmann, M.D. was the only son of middle class Jewish parents in the northern German town of Barsinghausen. He escaped Europe with most of his family on the eve of World War II and established...

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Lemieux, Reverend A. A. (1908-1979)

Reverend A. A. Lemieux, a Jesuit priest, served as president of Seattle University for 17 years, from 1948 to 1965. He is credited with transforming the university from a small Jesuit college into a m...

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Leopold, Estella (b. 1927)

Estella Leopold, daughter of famed conservationist and writer Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), has earned her own renown through her pioneering work as a conservationist and scientist. As a conservationist, ...

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Lessons in Life: Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers her Years at Seattle's Green Lake State Bank

In this People's History Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) reflects on the lessons learned while working at Seattle's Green Lake State Bank, where she worked for 10 years from the time she was...

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Letourneau, Mary Kay (b. 1962)

Mary Kay Letourneau, at one time a respected elementary school teacher in Burien, is now a convicted sex offender whose illicit relationship with one of her students has both repelled and fascinated p...

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Levine, Phillip (b.1931): The Human Figure in the Landscape

Sculptor Phillip Levine's work can be viewed all over the Northwest. In Western Washington alone, he has 30 sculptures that stand in public places, including Dancer with Flat Hat at the University of ...

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Levine, Rabbi Raphael Harry (1901-1985)

Rabbi Raphael Levine served as chief rabbi and rabbi emeritus at the Temple de Hirsch in Seattle for 42 years. He was a prominent community leader who built communication and understanding between nat...

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Levy, Maxwell (d. 1931), Port Townsend's Crimper King

From the 1890s to 1910, when he retired, Maxwell Levy was the "king of the crimpers" in the booming port of Port Townsend. A crimp or crimper is one who forces or entraps sailors into service against ...

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Lewis and Clark Expedition in Washington, 1805-1806: An Illustrated Tour

An illustrated tour of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in what is now the state of Washington. The Corps of Volunteers for Northwest Discovery (as the expedition was formally named) entered the area of...

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Lewis and Clark in Washington

In May 1803, the United States purchased Louisiana from France. The doubling of U.S. territory caused President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) to send Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) on a westward expediti...

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Lewis County -- Thumbnail History

Lewis County in southwest Washington can truly be called the "mother of counties." Half of present-day Washington and of British Columbia were carved from its original borders. But the county's locati...

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Lewis, Dave (1938-1998): Father of Northwest Rock

Dave Lewis was the singularly most significant figure on the Pacific Northwest's nascent rhythm & blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s. By 1955 he'd helped found Seattle's first notable teenage doo-wop ...

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Lewis, "Texas" Jim (1909-1990): Seattle's pioneering 1950s kiddie-TV show host

One of America's original cowboy stars, James "Texas Jim" Lewis had (as a showbiz veteran) seemingly done it all by the time he moved to Seattle in 1950. Having played live country music over the radi...

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Librarian Natalie Notkin, unjustly accused of communism, defends herself in a letter to The Seattle Public Library's Board.

Natalie Notkin (1900-1970) was the Foreign Books librarian at The Seattle Public Library's Central branch from 1927 to 1932. Born in Kherson, Russia, Notkin emigrated in 1921, earned an undergraduate ...

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Life in Seattle and Environs in the 1930s, 1940s and beyond -- as told by Margaret Reed

This People's History is an interview with Margaret Reed conducted by Jyl Leininger on April 7, 1999, in Seattle, Washington. Margaret Reed describes herself as an every-day individual. "Believe me, I...

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Lighthouse for the Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind was incorporated in Seattle in 1918, with the purpose of advancing the general welfare of the blind. Three of the five men who wrote the articles of incorporation were bli...

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Lighthouses on Cape Disappointment

Despite the Columbia River's breadth where it spills into the Pacific Ocean, early European and American explorers often missed it. Later mariners struggling to find the mouth sometimes wrecked in the...

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Lightships on Washington's Outer Coast

From 1898 to 1971, lightships were important elements in the system of navigation aids along the Washington coast. On May 22, 1898, Light Vessel No. 67 became the first on Washington's coast. She arri...

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LightShows: A Reflection by Tom Robbins

This is an excerpt from an article by novelist Tom Robbins on the lightshows of the 1960s. It appeared in Seattle magazine in 1967, and is reprinted with permission of Tom Robbins.

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Lightshows in Seattle

The first lightshow in the Seattle area occurred on November 5, 1966, when KRAB radio (one of the first community-based FM radio stations in the country) held a benefit concert in Kirkland. It was thi...

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Lime Kiln and Cattle Point Lighthouses (San Juan Island)

There are two lighthouses located on San Juan Island, the largest island in the San Juan archipelago. The Lime Kiln Light Station, built in 1919, is located in Lime Kiln State Park, on the west side o...

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Limestone Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands

For more than 60 years -- from 1860 until the 1920s -- San Juan County was the principal lime-producing area in the state of Washington. The San Juan Islands were ideal for the manufacture and transpo...

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Lincoln County -- Thumbnail History

Lincoln County, formed in 1883, is located in northeast Washington in the region historically known as Big Bend Country. The county measures 2311.2 square miles, ranking it seventh in size among Washi...

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