Browsing the "History" Category

The Great Grizzly Escape

July 19th, 2012 | by Kate Albert Ward

75 years ago, a grizzly bear was on the loose in Tacoma. The 600 pound bear escaped from his cage never to be found and how he escaped is still a mystery today. His successor, a bear named Butch, also escaped, but was recaptured when his stomach betrayed him after almost three weeks on the lam. Zoos serve an important purpose, but we can't help but love a good animal escape story!


Be Kind to Animals

June 27th, 2012 | by Kate Albert Ward

This article celebrates animal lovers and advocates, past and present, while gently reminding readers that not all animals are fortunate enough to have a home where they are loved and cared for. Taking the historic command to "Be Kind to Animals" to heart, Tacomans have created many opportunities to help support homeless, abused, and neglected animals


“I Think Tacoma May Be the Twilight Zone”

May 8th, 2012 | by Daniel Rahe

In December of 1984, Bruce Springsteen was Rolling Stone magazine’s cover story, as he has been many times. But the first three paragraphs of that story – an interview by Kurt Loder (of MTV fame) with the meteoric mega-star – were all about Tacoma and its infamous aroma


Jini Dellaccio: "Her Aim Is True"

November 22nd, 2011 | by Daniel Rahe

With the lens of her Leica camera, Jini Dellaccio used her assured sense of composition to document a critical moment in Tacoma's music history. Now, at 94, the camera turns toward her with the filming of a documentary


Preserve the Walmart Building

November 8th, 2011 | by Daniel Rahe

Perhaps the most contentious episode in Tacoma’s struggle to protect its heritage came during the great Walmart Preservation Debate of 2086. Built between 2012 and 2014, this big-box temple on South 23rd Street has fallen into disrepair


Tacoma Rock and Roll Wall of Fame

October 3rd, 2011 | by Daniel Rahe

The event is called "Tacoma Rock and Roll Wall of Fame Banquet". In this age of Bon Iver, H&M and academi-hop, I can think of few things less likely to attract a young audience - with the possible exception of a deviled-egg convention. But that's because I stupidly hadn't done my homework


10 Years of Art in the F.W. Woolworth Building

October 1st, 2011 | by Lisa Kinoshita

Today, the Woolworth Building's broad storefront windows provide a unique, open-air exhibition space for art, and no longer advertise the inexpensive household goods that attracted window shoppers from 1950 on


That Day: A 9/11 Remembrance

September 5th, 2011 | by Lagusta Yearwood

Lagusta Yearwood, a vegan chef and chocolatier, originally wrote this piece September 10, 2008. Originally posted in 2011, Post Defiance again shares this work to commemorate September 11, 2001. As we think back on that day, now more than ten years ago, it is impossible to ignore the difference of our west coast experiences of confusion and menace to that of a New Yorker, struggling with the inconceivable and immediate terror and horror of the event. When we found Lagusta Yearwood's piece, we knew we were reading something important - something to return to year after year. Her perspective, her life, her age, all resonate, heightening our compassion and sadness for all that happened on September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 miles away



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