This week’s Worm is dedicated to the past. There’s the history of Pateros, which this weekend is celebrating 100 years with a visit from the mayor of its namesake in the Philippines.
There are new advertisements with the old Smokey Bear, bringing you the same message, this time with a bear hug.
There’s the story of a cow falling through a roof, reminding us of that cow that fell off the cliffs above Manson and hit an SUV almost six years ago.
And then there’s a former Wenatchee nurse who’s now writing sci-fi thrillers from her home in Everett. The history being that she used to live here. (OK, maybe that’s a stretch).
Let’s start with Pateros, where Mayor Gail Howe is, probably at this moment, entertaining Joey Medina, the mayor of that other Pateros. They decided last year to become sister cities, and this is the first time they’ve actually met.
Medina is coming with a delegation of 22 people, including his wife, his mother-in-law, and several people who were originally from Pateros (Philippines) but now live in San Diego, Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay area.
Howe said she planned to bring the other Pateros mayor on a tour of a packing shed and Wells Dam on Friday. He was also marching in their Apple Pie Jamboree parade on Saturday. Then, at city hall — and here comes the history — Medina will give a presentation on the history of his Pateros, a city of some 60,000 people. Howe was also hoping to show a DVD of the history of her Pateros, although she wasn’t sure if it would be finished. After all, there are 100 years to cover. The history of Pateros, Philippines, goes back to the 1700s, by the way.
The ceremonies were to include the signing of documents and presentation of plaques making their sisterly relationship official.
On to Smokey Bear, who The Worm always called Smokey THE Bear, until she was corrected. With fire season upon us, agencies are doing everything they can to make sure people are careful with fire, and put out their campfires. So this new ad campaign brings back the old Smokey that we all knew and loved.
According to the Forest Service, Smokey Bear and his slogan, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires” have been around since 1944. Last Friday, the Ad Council, Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters launched a new series of public service announcements featuring the old Smokey giving people hugs for acting responsibly with fire.
According to their news release, it’s a continuation of the longest running public service announcement campaign in U.S. history. “The new ads include the well-known tagline, “Only YOU can prevent wildfires,” the release says. Well, they changed the last word, actually, but the message is the same. You can see the new ads at http://bit.ly/139Sosz or by searching “New Smokey Bear Hug” on YouTube.
This week, CBS News reported that a cow fell through the roof of a house in Brazil, killing a man who was asleep in bed, and narrowly missing his wife.
The one-ton cow was apparently grazing on a small hill above their home when it fell through the asbestos roof and on top of the victim, the station reports.
That reminds the Worm of a Wenatchee-area news story almost six years ago that went viral. Charles Everson told a Wenatchee World reporter he wasn’t sure which was more astonishing, having the cow fall 200 feet off the cliff and onto his moving Buick minivan, or the media attention he got from it.
He and his wife, from Westland, Mich., were in the area celebrating their one-year anniversary in November 2007 when the cow plunged off the cliffs above Highway 150.
This one was a 600-pound heifer named Michelle, but even so, Everson told our reporter, “I’m just really glad we weren’t hurt. We could have been killed.” Turns out he was right.
Finally, there’s the history of Bobbie Kaald, who lived in Wenatchee in the late 1970s, and worked at “the old Deaconess Hospital.”
Now 62 and back on the west side, her newest novel, “The Enemies Become Friends,” is actually the third in a series that features heroine Sydny, who was marooned when space pirates found her barely clinging to life and brought her aboard their pirate spaceship. She eventually is saved by the hero, Taimen. That all happens in the first two books.
In this one, our heros have “no choice but to join forces with space criminals to protect mankind from a deadly vortex.”
Sounds like history repeating itself.
If you like sci-fi, you might want to look for Kaald’s novels, available in paper or digitally at any of the major bookstores, and can find out more about her books at her website, bobbiekaald.com.
This week’s Worm was compiled by World reporter K.C. Mehaffey. Got a tip? Email the Worm at email@example.com.