Museum gets help from a pro
(Editor's note: Jerry Robinson wandered from Burien to West Seattle and back to Des Moines to file this week's report.)
Meet Howard Lovering and Cyndi Upthegrove
Along with the other significant changes taking place in downtown Burien as it emerges from a long period of licking its collective wounds from the loss of over 36,000 homes to the relentless growth of the Sea-Tac Airport is a plan to provide a museum to house a mighty collection of Highline memorabilia now in temporary storage.
This effort is being led by the Highline Historical Society and its board of citizens under the leadership of a dynamic managing member named Cyndi Upthegrove.
Spending countless hours for the last 10 years, she has thus far raised enough money to buy the property (the southwest corner of Southwest 152nd Street and Ambaum Boulevard) that now houses Pro Fitness Center.
And this week she announced to the board that it was time to bring on some professional help in the next step of building an attractive museum to display Highline's unique past.
The man she wanted to guide the board in the effort is Howard Lovering. And the board agreed with her.
Howard has the credentials. He is the one who led the successful effort to build the Museum of Flight in Tukwila and among other triumphs oversaw the amazing dismantling and reconstruction of the famous Howard Hughes Spruce Goose flying boat now in a giant hangar in McMinnville, Ore.
Mr. Lovering is soft spoken but entertaining and renowned for getting the job done. We wish him well.
Meet Vickie Bond
That badge is on her jacket because she is journey (woman) shipfitter (boilermaker) who has been with Todd Shipyards six years but was recently laid off and now works for Marine Industry in Tacoma.
Shipfitters have to do heavy, dangerous work and mostly it is a man's world.
Vickie lives near Morgan Junction in West Seattle and studied at South Seattle Community College, Duwamish Branch.
She rose from an $8 an hour clerk at a convenience store to wages more than three times greater.
Not bad for a divorced mother of two who graduated from North Lake Continuation High in Federal Way.
Meet Grant Fredericks
He is Public Works Director for the city of Des Moines. If you want to build anything in that city he is the man to talk to.
He has dealt with ever expanding Highline Community College and knows the campus very well. If you are visiting the school and you get lost and bump into him, like Elsbeth and I, he will gladly show you which way to go.
He graduated from West Point as a civil engineer and is married to a wife who calls him a dam engineer.
Jerry can be reached at email@example.com