Andrew Bonazelli claims that when the Challenger exploded (in January 1986) his generation collectively lost its innocence ["1 Almost 25-Year-Old," 25


I remember the first issues of the Weekly. . . . Thanks for hanging in there for 25 years.


Andrew Bonazelli claims that when the Challenger exploded (in January 1986) his generation collectively lost its innocence ["1 Almost 25-Year-Old," 25 Years, May 3]. Is it possible to lose innocence at the tender age of nine? The angst threading through Bonazelli's column is symptomatic of the disease eating away at most of us: Namely, we take ourselves too seriously. Given that our generation has grown up in an era of general economic prosperity, it's not a surprising malady. As for the "dude" that he claims writes Maxim, I can attest that that magazine is the willful offspring of a generation of men (and a few women), who, not unlike Bonazelli, have taken a long glance at their youth and also wish it was a bit more meaningful. Yet, when I rode the elevator past their offices each morning, around 30 staffers and a half-dozen freelancers (rather than a single "virginal schlump") worked arduously generating copy that poked fun at heterogenous male culture—a pursuit often overshadowed by the photo of the babe on the cover.

Ann Marie McNary

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I am writing this letter to you about your article "15 Remarkable Characters from Seattle's Streets" [including] Yokohama Mamasan [25 Years, May 3].

I have a girl friend, her name is Ruby Madesto. Ruby was a topless dancer at the Yokohama Tavern Chinatown, across the street from the Uwajimaya. Ruby likes to dance to "Boobie Obie" by Taste of Honey. Mamasan was the owner of the tavern and the bartender. I take Ruby home when she gets off work.

I was in prison back in 1975. My father picked up Ruby Madesto on the weekends to visit my cousin and I, Chico Miyante. I want to say I appreciate you writing this article about my girl and I.

I am going to close for now.


Ricky Lagaza


[P.S.] I love you Seattle Weekly.


Hey, how about the all-too-famous Donut Shop on First and Pike ["13 Most-Missed Joints," 25 Years, May 3]—the story about Gunther Manholt running a crew of street kids to steal, sell drugs, and turn tricks for his biz??? Oh, do we remember the day they hauled him away. But his doughnuts were the best in town!!!!


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I moved away from Seattle in 1989, but I still have fond memories of the 318 Tavern ["13 Most-Missed Joints," 25 Years, May 3]. What a great place! I used to drag friends there turn them on to the burgers that had to be cut in half, and to the wonderful fries (remember the sacks of potatoes under the pool table?). It was tough to get a seat at lunchtime, but the food, whether it was the special of the day or the burgers, was always worth it.

Are all the Dag's gone or just the one on Aurora? Those of us of my vintage certainly remember the one in Renton on the nights when we cruised the loop, and there used to be one down somewhere near Marginal too, as I recall.

Anyway, thanks for the memories.

Kurt Sunderbruch

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My wife and I had occasion to dine with some friends a few years back. Their teenage daughter mentioned that she had been listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. I told her that I had seen Pink Floyd when the album first came out. The daughter gave me a look that said, "You're old."

Since I remember the first issues of the Weekly this makes me old.

Thanks for hanging in there for 25 years.

Oh . . . one film I would have added to the Seattle movies ["11 Seattle Movies of the Past 25 Years," May 3]: Say Anything. I'd recommend Steve McLellan and Randy Hodgins' excellent Seattle on Film for information and whimsy.

Steve Charak



Gaaaaaaa. Your new logo and headings look like they were made by cutting raw potatoes with a dull kitchen knife and glopping around with poster paints. Which could be a fine method, yes, but the design itself truly REEKS.

Or was it masking tape and spray paint? In a big hurry?

Please tell us you didn't pay much for this. And then change it . . . here, use a new Sharpie. Use nice smooth cardboard from a package of tights. Use anything, quickly, and just change it. Please. Make it all better. Scissors? Please. . . .

Ivy Green

Capitol Hill


The parentheses in your new typeface don't work well. They are too skimpy at the bottom. The new brackets don't work well either, they lack weight in the arms and feet. As Henry Kissinger said when he wanted a seat on Bush Senior's cabinet, "Don't make me beg."

Anthony Mitchell



I was a participant at the Pagan Prom and I like the photo you published [Photo of the Week, News Clips, May3], but it would have been nice if you mentioned more about the band Gaia Consort or even the holiday Bealtain. After all, if it had been a Christian Easter celebration or a Jewish Purim gathering I think the paper would have at least mentioned which holiday was being celebrated. If it was strictly a secular affair I am sure the name of the band would have been mentioned. As it was you took a picture of only one member of the band, and the only member of the band wearing what could be considered as "out of the ordinary attire" in the form of her Cat's Eye contacts and nothing mentioned of why the people had gathered.

Please be more respectful of our religious beliefs and stop stereotyping Pagans. It would also be helpful if the Weekly recorded our events and gatherings in a little more context. On a whole pagans tend to have a higher educational background and are politically and environmentally active as well as having a higher percentage of social volunteers than many other sectors of our society. It would be nice if we received respect from the Weekly on a par with what you grant other religious sects in the Seattle community.

Reverend Allyn Llyr

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The purpose of this letter is to correct a mistake in the article by James Bush in "Rotten to the Core" [April 12].In the second paragraph of the section titled "Sexual Harassment," Mr. Bush made reference to a case that I handled. Mr. Bush reported that the victim received a $260,000 settlement to drop her lawsuit, when in fact a lawsuit was never filed in this matter. The case was settled after filing a tort claim, and the EEOC issued a reasonable cause determination in Ms. Rho's favor. Until school administrators enforce the law, it will ultimately be the taxpayers who will share in their responsibility.

Though we appreciate the reference to our case, we would like the facts of the matter to be reported correctly.

Beverly G. Grant

Grant & Grant


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