⚾️ How Seattle got its moose
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⚾️ How Seattle got its moose

THE CONTEST: In 1990, the Seattle Mariners baseball team held a competition for kids 14 and under to choose the team’s new mascot. More than 2,000 kids from around Washington State submitted entries.

THE WINNER: Fifth-grader Ammon Spiller from Ferndale, WA. Ammon said he suggested a moose because they’re “funny, neat and friendly. The Moose would show that the Mariners enjoy playing and that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. It shows they’re having fun no matter what the situation.”

THE RUNNER-UP: A sea monster.

FIRST GAME: April 13, 1990 at the Kingdome.

KNOWN FOR: His sweet dance moves.

FUN FACT: Mariner Moose might not speak, but he sure has a fun Twitter account.

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Today, we’re doing something a little different. We’re looking back at the most captivating local stories from the last few months to share back. Need some good weekend reads? We got you.

Do we have an attitude problem? Seattle’s long been known for its chill — and we’re not just talking about the so-called “Seattle Freeze.” Lots of folks consider us to be pretty laid back. But as our city’s changed, columnist and lifelong Seattleite Knute Berger’s wondering if we can still claim that. “We were once a bit of a haven from urban growth — now we’re the exemplar of it,” he wrote. “For many of us longtime residents, today’s civic life and economic realities feel like a punishment much of the time.” Feeling some of those growing pain anxiety yourself, regardless of how long you’ve been here? Knute’s column is a thought-provoking read. 🤔(Crosscut)

Whale tales. This summer, a mother orca known as Tahlequah grabbed us all by the heart when she refused to drop her dead calf for more than two weeks and 1,000 miles. While some scientists weren’t convinced that Tahlequah was grieving the way we humans do, her plight, as well as news of another struggling orca in her pod, put us all into mourning. We made paintings, wrote poems, and pushed state leaders to take action to help the Northwest’s orcas, who are basically starving. 🐟 (The Seattle Times)

‘He was telling me to shut up. So I did.’ In July and August, 11 women accused Seattle nightlife entrepreneur David Meinert of a range of sexual misconduct, including assault. KUOW reporter Sydney Brownstone talked with all of them about their alleged experiences, which spanned from 2001 to 2015. One of the women, Seattle Times food reporter Bethany Jean Clement, said she felt that she had to laugh off what happened to cope. “As women, we’re taught to feel lucky if it isn’t worse,” she said. Since the stories were published, many of David’s business partners have cut ties and politicians have divested from his political donations. (KUOW — Part 1 and Part 2)

About those box houses… New apartments, condos, and homes around here are blocky, grey, and stick out among our city’s neat old brick buildings. Ever wonder why they all look so similar? Crosscut created a handy explainer video that laid it out for us. It basically breaks down to this: “Low cost materials + large scale investors + restrictive zoning = buildings looking the same.” While we recommend watching the whole thing, we thought the clip at the 0:54 second mark was especially fascinating. 🌆 (Crosscut)

40 percent. That’s how many of our 12,000+ unhoused neighbors are living in their vehicles around Seattle. What’s that like? There’s just one lot in SoDo where people can park without fear of being ticketed or towed. Ten people live there, three people have died there since the start of the year, and the city’s not giving out any new permits. One thing that makes housing car and RV residents even harder: The city doesn’t have a dedicated budget to help them and hasn’t had much success moving them into permanent housing. Meanwhile, hundreds of housed locals are complaining about garbage and people parked outside their homes. “These vehicles are affordable houses, straight up,” one advocate said. “They are producing new forms of housing where they do not see them available.”  (The Seattle Times)


Things to do

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🚚  TOMORROW: Make buddies while painting your very own trucker hat at this Foundation mixer (Fremont)

🤔  Wednesday, Sept. 19: Push or pull? Get tips on when to lead and when to manage at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn. (Pioneer Square)

😋  Wednesday, Sept. 19: Make your own delicious batch of kombucha at this Foundation event. (Belltown) 🆕

🗣️  Thursday, Sept. 20: Sit in on this MEX AM Northwest conversation about Mexico’s past, present, and future (Capitol Hill)

💃  Friday, Sept. 21: Eat, drink, and dance at this party with fellow do-gooders. Evergrey readers get 50% off a ticket with code YPSeattle (SoDo)

🍿  Friday, Sept. 21 – Sept. 29: Be a local film boss at the Local Sightings Film Festival, which features films and filmmakers making moves around the Northwest (Capitol Hill) 🆕

✊  Wednesday, Sept. 26: Brush up on the history of civil rights and how it’s playing out in your world today at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square) 🆕



🗣  Say hey to R.L. Stein, a.k.a. the author of Goosebumps (Burien)
🎈  Make a playdate for the kids to eat moon cakes and welcome fall (International District)
💃  Sway and get dipped at a tango festival — through Sept. 17 (South Lake Union)


🍴  Make like a mouse and nibble on lots of cheese (Georgetown)
🍴  Nibble on spanakopita, roast lamb, and baklava at a Greek festival — through Sept. 16 (Montlake)
🎈  Check out a boat show and go for a ride — through Sept. 16 (South Lake Union)
🤓  Get wowed by cosplayers and embrace your comics nerdiness — through Sept. 16 (Renton)
🍴  Nom on food truck grub and sip local brews outside (South Lake Union)
🎨  Paint a hat and make friends at this Evergrey partner event (Fremont)


🏞  Learn about the Native connection to plants and medicine-making (Beacon Hill)
💡  Hear from a seriously badass group of local artists/writers: Ahamefule Oluo and writers Ijeoma Oluo, Lindy West, and Charles Mudede (Central District)
🎈  Take the fam to a celebration of our local feathered friends (Edmonds)
🏀  Cheer on the 2018 WNBA champion Seattle Storm at their victory parade! (Queen Anne) 🆕

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.


Is there someone local in your life who’s done something awesome for you lately? Whether they’re a friend, your partner, a coworker, or even your dog-walker, we want to hear how they helped make your day a little brighter. 🌻

Got someone in mind — like the bus driver who made you smile this morning, or the friend who texted to check up on you after a hard day? Tell us about ‘em here. It’ll just take a minute! Thanks to everyone who’s already submitted a kudos (they’re sweet as 🍰) — we’ll be sharing out your shout-outs through the rest of the year for our Evergrey Giving Guide.

Have an awesome weekend. — The Evergrey

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