Issaquah memorable moments from 2012 entertain, educate

December 25, 2012

The cast of the national tour of the jukebox musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ performs a song in the Tony Award-winning show. File

Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.

Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.

The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.

Reality TV plugs in local contestants

Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.

Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.

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Off the Press

August 7, 2012

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

It started with a photo, years ago, a sepia-toned 8-by-10 that someone sent in about their 50th anniversary. I don’t remember the couple’s name anymore, but I remember their faces beaming as they looked into a camera and smiled.

They sent some information with the photo and asked if we could run a small announcement. I instead asked a reporter to write a story.

How do people stay married that long? What’s their secret? Are they happy? And what have their lives together been like?

Those were things I wanted to know.

Since then, I can’t count how many stories we’ve done about couples who have been married 40, 50, 60 and even 70 years. It amazes me, in an age where the reported average is one divorce for every two marriages, that some couples manage to stay together, and do it happily, for longer than many people have even been alive.

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Say ‘I do’ to Village Theatre’s ‘It Shoulda Been You’

March 20, 2012

John Patrick Lowrie (George Howard), Leslie Law (Judy Steinberg), Jayne Muirhead (Georgette Howard) and John Dewar (Murray Steinberg) star as the parents of the bride and groom in ‘It Shoulda Been You.’ By Jay Koh/Village Theatre

Ours is a matchmaker-mad culture.

“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” canoodle and cavort across the pop culture landscape. Cable TV is garter-deep in dating games and wedding stories.

The musical “It Shoulda Been You” — the raucous wedding-crasher comedy onstage at Village Theatre — is more akin to the MTV chestnut “Next” than “Bridezillas” and other guilty pleasures in the WE TV lineup.

“Next” — for the uninitiated, or audiences spared from circa 2005 reality TV — sent a contestant on a series of a blind dates, and he or she could end the outing abruptly by declaring, “Next!”

“It Shoulda Been You” is not so cruel, but after a jilted ex-boyfriend crashes the nuptials, hopes for a simple coast down the aisle dissipate faster than Champagne bubbles.

Though, truth be told, nothing is simple about the impending union between Rebecca Steinberg and Brian Howard, in large part due to the lovebirds’ overbearing mothers. Rebecca’s spinster-in-training sister Jenny is assigned to referee.

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Lindzi Cox, Liberty High School graduate, is still in the hunt for ‘The Bachelor’

February 28, 2012

“The Bachelor” Ben Flajnik visited John and Margy Cox, parents of Lindzi Cox, at their home in Morriston, Fla., months ago, possibly right around Lindzi’s 27th birthday in late October. But the episode aired Feb. 20.

Previews of that episode showed Lindzi, of Issaquah, and Ben picnicking beneath a shady tree beside a horse pasture and driving a competition wagon with Ben on the back seat.

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TV’s ‘The Bachelor’ meets local contestant’s parents

February 20, 2012

Liberty High School alumna Lindzi Cox is vying for final rose

NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 20, 2012

The Ocala area goes primetime Monday when “The Bachelor” Ben Flajnik visits the parents here of one of the four remaining women in the hunt for his heart.

Lindzi Cox

Actually, his visit with John and Margy Cox, parents of Lindzi Cox, at their home in Morriston, Fla., occurred months ago, possibly right around Lindzi’s 27th birthday in late October. But the episode is being aired at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC.

Previews of Monday’s episode show Lindzi and Ben picnicking beneath a shady tree beside a horse pasture and driving a competition wagon with Ben on the back seat.

ABC’s media website offered advance photos of Ben’s dates this week with the other three women, but there were none available of the Ocala, Fla., trip — because of “production scheduling.”

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Liberty High grad continues to do well on ‘The Bachelor’

January 17, 2012

Lindzi Cox

According to several fan websites, as well as the official ABC site for “The Bachelor,” local contestant Lindzi Cox, 27, continues to do well on the reality TV show.

A 2003 graduate of Liberty High School, Cox was one of 25 bachelorettes attempting to win the heart of businessman Ben Flajnik.

While several women have been eliminated in the first few episodes of the show, Cox has not only hung in there but, in the first episode won a “first impression rose” when she arrived on horseback for her initial meeting with Flajnik.

Cox is a longtime equestrian. During her days at Liberty, Cox spelled her first name more conventionally, using “Lindsey,” according to Issaquah School District records.

For those interested, there are several sites purporting to know the outcome of the latest “The Bachelor” competition. Most are relying on a site, The site recently reported some of its spoiler posts are the subject of a lawsuit, presumably filed by ABC or the makers of “The Bachelor.”

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Liberty High School grad rides into reality TV on ‘The Bachelor’

December 27, 2011

Lindzi Cox

According to an August 2000 article in The Issaquah Press, the family motto of 2003 Liberty High School grad Lindzi Cox is as follows: “We have our good days and our bad days. We just hope all our good days are on the weekend.”

Hopefully for Cox, at least some of the filming of the upcoming season of the ABC show “The Bachelor” took place on the weekend.

Cox, 27, is set to appear on the ABC reality series that starts its next season Jan. 2.

“The Bachelor” is famous for its “rose ceremonies,” where, after going on televised dates, the eligible bachelor of the title hands roses to the women he wants to stay on the show.

For this season, having formerly appeared on “The Bachelorette,” businessman Ben Flajnik will have his choice of 25 bachelorettes, including Cox.

According to ABC, Cox and other show participants, as well as their friends and families, are not allowed to talk with the media prior to the participant either being eliminated or winning the show. Cox could not be reached for any comment.

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