Interview Section

Burien’s Joe Fitzgibbon Wants To Add His Younger Voice To Legislature

Burien’s Joe Fitzgibbon Wants To Add His Younger Voice To Legislature

by Jack Mayne Joe Fitzgibbon’s statement in the state voter’s pamphlet says that he “will bring a fresh perspective and a strong voice to change Olympia.” That sounds like a big ambition for... [Read more]

Florida-Bound Councilwoman Kathy Keene Reflects On Her Time In Burien

Florida-Bound Councilwoman Kathy Keene Reflects On Her Time In Burien

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members accepted “very sadly,” in the words of Mayor Joan McGilton, the resignation of Councilwoman Kathy Keene during their Oct. 4 meeting. But Keene, who resigned... [Read more]

For Reals: William Shatner Interviews Mary Kay Letourneau & Vili Fualaau

For Reals: William Shatner Interviews Mary Kay Letourneau & Vili Fualaau

It almost sounds like a “Saturday Night Live” sketch – cast the legendary, self-aware King of kitschy over-acting William Shatner as Host. Add as Guests convicted child rapist Mary Kay... [Read more]

A Conversation With Local Author Greg Wright

A Conversation With Local Author Greg Wright

Debuting later this month, “West of the Gospel” is a new book from local author Greg Wright. Published under his pen name, W. John MacGregor, the book is a fictional account of events set against... [Read more]

Wannabe Big Deal Author (Following Bob Dugoni) Has First TV Gig

Wannabe Big Deal Author (Following Bob Dugoni) Has First TV Gig

by Shawn Underwood I was more excited than nervous when I got the call about my first television gig. I personify calmness, almost zen-like. After all, it’s my book (Mommy Are We French Yet?). I mean... [Read more]

Shawn Underwood (“Burien’s Erma Bombeck”) Publishes Her First Book

Shawn Underwood (“Burien’s Erma Bombeck”) Publishes Her First Book

by Scott Schaefer You may know her as a friend, acquaintance, or perhaps as that wacky lady at the Normandy Park Starbucks who’s always smiling or laughing while working on her laptop. You may also... [Read more]

‘We Can Be Proud Of What We Did’ – Town Square Developer Dan Rosenfeld

‘We Can Be Proud Of What We Did’ – Town Square Developer Dan Rosenfeld

by Ralph Nichols As work on the six-story condominium/retail complex in Town Square neared completion, principals of Urban Partners held their breath, month by month, until troubled Corus Bank of Chicago... [Read more]

Local Businessman Has Family Ties To Chilean Earthquake Disaster

Local Businessman Has Family Ties To Chilean Earthquake Disaster

by Ralph Nichols Sixty-four hundred miles – the distance from Sea-Tac International Airport to Santiago, Chile – is a long way. It’s a lot farther still if you’re here and have... [Read more]

Councilmember Brian Bennett: Open “Limited Secure Access” To Lake Burien

Councilmember Brian Bennett: Open “Limited Secure Access” To Lake Burien

by Ralph Nichols Burien’s “highest priority” in updating its Shoreline Master Program should be assessing “reaches of shoreline where there is no public access,” City Councilman... [Read more]

EXCLUSIVE: Survivor Of Pit Bull Attack Speaks With The B-Town Blog, Part 2

EXCLUSIVE: Survivor Of Pit Bull Attack Speaks With The B-Town Blog, Part 2

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final segment of our interview with Inga Isakson (read Part 1 here), one of two people seriously injured in a beating and animal attack last summer in the Sea-Tac neighborhood.... [Read more]

EXCLUSIVE: Survivor Of Pit Bull Attack Speaks With The B-Town Blog, Part 1

EXCLUSIVE: Survivor Of Pit Bull Attack Speaks With The B-Town Blog, Part 1

Story and Photos by Mark Neuman I sat down recently for an exclusive interview with one of the survivors of a beating and animal attack last summer in the SeaTac neighborhood. The attack has made famous... [Read more]

Discover Burien’s New Leader Is Hitting The Ground Running

Discover Burien’s New Leader Is Hitting The Ground Running

Story by Janet Grella Photos by Scott Schaefer What do you get when you cross a fireball with a firecracker? You get Discover Burien’s new Executive Director, Steve Gilbert. What a rare and unique... [Read more]

VIDEO: B-Town Breakdown Interview With Burien’s “Yodeling Dominatrix” Manuela Horn

VIDEO: B-Town Breakdown Interview With Burien’s “Yodeling Dominatrix” Manuela Horn

The B-Town Blog’s “B-Town Breakdown With Amy Bouska” video this week features a rather unique interview with Burien’s own Manuela Horn, known to many as the 6’2″ “Yodeling... [Read more]

A Visit With Burien Native And King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg; See His Band Friday Night At Mick Kelly’s

A Visit With Burien Native And King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg; See His Band Friday Night At Mick Kelly’s

by Mark Neuman We sat down recently for a talk with King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Dan joked while recollecting his days playing both offense and defense for Highline High School’s football... [Read more]

A B-Town Chat With King County Executive Candidate Susan Hutchison

A B-Town Chat With King County Executive Candidate Susan Hutchison

by Mark Neuman Former KIRO-TV reporter and anchor Susan Hutchison spoke with The B-Town Blog recently. She and County Council Chair Dow Constantine are going head-to-head to become King County’s... [Read more]

Dow Constantine: Ready For The Next Round

Dow Constantine: Ready For The Next Round

by Mark Neuman We spoke with King County Council member Dow Constantine, who, along with Susan Hutchison, will advance to the general election in November in the race to become the next King County Executive. As... [Read more]

Burien Guitarist Roger Gee Trades His 'Ax' For An Ax As He Re-Invents Himself As A Handyman

Burien Guitarist Roger Gee Trades His 'Ax' For An Ax As He Re-Invents Himself As A Handyman

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is about my “oldest friend” I’m still in touch with, a great guy named Roger Gee, whom I first met when we were just young lads going to Genesee Hill... [Read more]

From Bombay To Burien: Meet Dr. Arun Jhaveri

From Bombay To Burien: Meet Dr. Arun Jhaveri

by Mark Neuman Picture a small boy in India, in the early 1940s, his family’s home being personally visited by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru themselves. Imagine that same boy, just a few years... [Read more]

A Visit With Ross Hunter, Candidate For King County Executive

A Visit With Ross Hunter, Candidate For King County Executive

by Mark Neuman We spoke recently with Ross Hunter, candidate for King County Executive. Ross, a Medina Democrat, managed a political miracle, if you will, seven years ago. The 48th District (Bellevue,... [Read more]

Renowned Italian Artist Maria Grazia Repetto Moves To Area

Renowned Italian Artist Maria Grazia Repetto Moves To Area

by Janet Grella Everyone who knows me knows that I’m studying Italian and that I love all things Italian. So when I heard that native Italian artist Maria Grazia Repetto had moved to the area, I... [Read more]

VIDEO: B-Town Breakdown With Amy Bouska: Local Artist Rebecca Miller

VIDEO: B-Town Breakdown With Amy Bouska: Local Artist Rebecca Miller

Here at The B-Town Blog we’re excited to introduce our latest feature: “B-Town Breakdown with Amy Bouska,” a new, regular video interview segment. For her inaugural production, Amy interviews... [Read more]

Local Hero Capt. Al Haynes & His Crash Landing 20 Years Ago

Local Hero Capt. Al Haynes & His Crash Landing 20 Years Ago

By Mark Neuman There is a certain endearing modesty about Al Haynes, who worked for United Airlines for 35 years, and has lived in the same house near Sea-Tac airport since 1963. One would never know from... [Read more]

City Councilmember Sue Blazak Battling Breast Cancer

City Councilmember Sue Blazak Battling Breast Cancer

by Ralph Nichols Many of us enjoy the promotional jingle for Emerald Downs: “Nobody’s gonna slow me down. Oh no, oh no, I gotta keep on moving….” But instead of horses, it easily... [Read more]

EXCLUSIVE: “Dan The Sausageman” Space To Be Replaced By Bar/Movie Theater Called “The Tin Theater”

EXCLUSIVE: “Dan The Sausageman” Space To Be Replaced By Bar/Movie Theater Called “The Tin Theater”

In a B-Town Blog exclusive, we’ve just learned from longtime Burien business owner Dan House, proprietor of both The Tin Room Bar and Dan the Sausageman, that he’ll be building a brand new... [Read more]

German Urban Planner Thomas Sieverts Featured On KUOW; Will Be At B/ IAS Thursday Beginning At 4pm

German Urban Planner Thomas Sieverts Featured On KUOW; Will Be At B/ IAS Thursday Beginning At 4pm

Wednesday morning (July 1st), KUOW Radio featured German Urban planner Thomas Sieverts, who will be the featured guest at a “Nosh & Walk” event Thursday night, July 2nd at the Burien Interim... [Read more]

A Revealing Interview With Discover Burien’s Patty Sader

A Revealing Interview With Discover Burien’s Patty Sader

Discover Burien President Sarah Slaughter, left, and
outgoing Executive Director Patty Sader.

Story and Photo by Janet Grella

The B-Town Blog has acquired a copy of the resignation letter that Discover Burien’s (DB) Executive Director Patty Sader read to her board at their June 2nd meeting.

We sat down with Patty and DB President Sarah Slaughter (Executive Director of BTB Advertiser El Dorado West)…

Councilmember Rose Clark Is Running For Re-Election

Councilmember Rose Clark Is Running For Re-Election

by Mark Neuman

I spoke Friday (June 5th) with Burien City Councilmember Rose Clark, who is running for re-election, Position No. 5.

As of press time (or in this electronic era, as of “hit send” time), Clark has no opposition in her bid for another four-year term on the council:

An Interview With Larry Phillips: “I Trump Dow In Spades”

An Interview With Larry Phillips: “I Trump Dow In Spades”

by Mark Neuman The B-Town Blog spoke recently with Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, who, along with fellow councilmember Dow Constantine are the leading contenders in the race to... [Read more]