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Standing up for right
In the spring 2006 article “Thoughts on war, and innocents bearing blame,”  the ninth paragraph states “… only the mayor of Tacoma said no publicly.” That mayor was Harry P. Cain, who later became a U.S. Senator from Washington. He was the only elected public official who spoke out on behalf of Japanese-American citizens. There is a scholarship in Harry P. Cain’s name at UPS. The Japanese-American community held a dinner at the Cliff House restaurant for Harry P. Cain 25 years after World War II to thank him for his support. It was a moving event for everyone there. Harry P. Cain died in 1979 after a lifetime of community service.

Candy Tingstad ’79
Lakewood, Washington

More on ‘25 things’
The photos of Tacoma are wonderful. Only one thing: We’d rather see a nice dusk photo, neon gleaming, of Frisko Freeze. Not that we didn’t enjoy the picture of Bill Baarsma, having been his favorite-ever labor relations student and having worked on his campaign to become mayor.

Dave Hill ’94  
Tacoma

Dave adds in a P.S.: “I should have been Class of ’79. Went on the 19-year program—two years full-time and the rest plugged away at—well worth the time put into education!” Dave and the Nik Tesla Band are still rocking and rolling; catch them at Boston Harbor in Olympia on July 4.

I really enjoyed the last issue, featuring “25 things we love about Tacoma.” A couple of expansions:

Item 14, the Museum of Glass Hotshop. When I was a lad almost all of the houses and all of the public buildings were heated by wood. Only slash—dirty, mostly odd-shaped pieces unsuitable for stacking in the yard to dry—was burned at the mill in teepee incinerators. Sawdust was sold as a fuel.

Regrettably lost: The Proctor 10-Cent Store started out as Sherfy’s Ben Franklin Store in about 1936. Don Sherfy and I attended Washington Grade School. Later his dad dropped the Ben Franklin name, and it was a real five and dime. Most of the North End mothers bought thread, buttons, and other necessities there. It saved taking the street car downtown to Penny’s.

Bob Winskill ’47
Sausalito, California

My husband and I lingered over the article “25 things we love about Tacoma”—especially poignant since we’ve relocated from Washington state to Virginia for one to two years while Bob works at the National Science Foundation. For the sidebar “Regrettably lost,” we’d like to add the popcorn wagon that did business on a highway, possibly in south Tacoma in late the 1940s and maybe into the ’50s, serving hot popcorn long after twilight. Does anyone remember this and know anything about the popcorn vendor?  

Bob ’63 and Meta Gibbs
Arlington, Virginia

It usually takes me a while to get through the magazine, but I read this issue cover to cover last night. Great job, as always. I especially enjoyed the “25 things we love about Tacoma,” although how could you not include the Java Jive in that list?! And the Cameron Dolcourt piece was really inspiring; thank you for including that. It’s nice to know that, two decades later, the Sigma Chis are still leading the way in diversity on campus.

Blair Masenhimer ’87
Puyallup, Washington

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