From that title you might think I was going to get back to doing a blog entry about knitting or spinning or even sewing. But no I’m still going to be off-topic as far as the original intention of this blog is concerned. The Slender Thread is an old black and white film starring Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft. It was made in 1965, 3 years after the Space Needle was built in 1962. The interest for me in viewing this film was that it was filmed in several what are now familiar locations – houses not far from where we are now living, the church we are attending, Golden Gardens which is near us, etc. But, as I said, the film was made 50 years ago. The viewing last night was for a small audience, one of whom exclaimed “that’s the house!!” – there was some sort of family connection, her parents or grandparents lived there. Not only did she recognize the house but she also recognized many of the people in the congregation in the scene taken in the church. And the preacher was the one who preceeded the current preachers. It was all very interesting. And the opening scene of Anne Bancroft driving tensely on the fast moving freeway system could have been of me trying to drive on these freeways today. Back in 1959-60 when I lived in Seattle we did not have this elaborate fast moving big freeway scene. The traffic as it was then and the road system did not seem so daunting. And of course in younger years fast moving traffic was easier to handle than it is now.
What was of further interest about going to this film was that the showing was in The Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N My first job was with Puget Planners, a small urban planning and consulting firm, headed by John Nordmark and located in a house on Dexter. The date on the Swedish Cultural Center building was 1960 – was that building being built when I was working in that house across the street?? I don’t remember – what I do remember is that from my desk I had a lovely view of Mt. Rainier. That was enough to impress any Easterner like myself.
Yesterday was quite the day for looking over the years. In 1959-60 I lived on 28th Avenue West in the Magnolia section of Seattle. Yesterday I went searching for the house where I used to live. I lived across from the elementary school so the house would have been near the corner of Smith and 28th. I can picture the small 2 bedroom house with a slight step up and a longish walk to the front door. Yesterday I couldn’t find the house as I remembered it. Possibly the foliage has grown and hidden it now. I am asking for help in finding the address. My sister tells me she has an old address book where she might have a record of that address – I hope she finds it. The house was owned by a retired judge and his wife – he had been a judge at the Nuremberg trials following World War II. Three of us shared the house. One of my housemates is still here in Seattle and she can’t remember what our address was either.
Another item for yesterday – July 20 – it was the anniversary of my brother’s birth July 20, 1924. We always think of him especially on that date and miss him sorely. He passed away in 1992.
More memories for July 20 – I had a phone call from my friend Rachel in Colorado – Rachel who back in 1959 was teaching elementary school here in West Seattle and whom I came to visit and ended up staying here myself. Now here we are in 2011 and Rachel is in Colorado – she phoned to ask if I could remember where I was 48 years ago – yes I said, Happy Anniversary. 48 years ago on July 20, 1963 our friend Lucy and I were the bridesmaids at Rachel and Jim’s wedding in Gardner Massachusetts. Memories!! Rachel, Lucy, and I were friends from Middlebury College days 1954-58. (How Rachel and Jim met is yet another story.)
Rachel and Jim came to visit back in May. Pictured are Ian, Rachel, Mary Ann (my housemate in Magnolia) and Jim