The Seattle Post-Intelligencer today waxes nostalgic about the 30th anniversary of the Seattle SuperSonics winning the NBA championship — the only big-league title ever won by a Seattle team. (No, I don't count the Stanley Cup of 1917.)
Not being a basketball fan, and then being a relatively recent transplant, I wasn't all that into the Sonics. But I do recall that weekend in Seattle vividly because I had just moved here for the summer — to take some classes at the University of Washington, to get a taste of a big university and Seattle before finishing up the following fall at Whitman College in Walla Walla.
I lived that summer of 1979 in the basement of a house on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast, which a friend shared with other UW students. Except for a seminal course on media law taught by Don Pember, it was an unremarkable quarter academically, which was in no small way due to the fact that I was myself academically unremarkable. Had a blast living in Seattle, though, and I vowed to return. Which I did, for good, six years later, to work for The Seattle Times, a paper I first got acquainted with that summer long ago.
But I digress. The real reason I'm blogging this is to point out a very interesting component of the P-I's story today about the old Sonics. It links to a PDF of the June 3, 1979, edition of the P-I, and on that front page are examples of how things crazily change and stay the same over time: