September 30, 2014
Family members of Richard Bergesen are mourning his loss but trying to be thankful for the life he had, his cousin Bruce Whitehurst said.
“He was just a wonderful person who spent his life giving to others, and that’s what he was doing by taking this young man into his home, to give him a better trajectory to get him on his feet again,” Whitehurst said in a phone interview from his home in Goen Allen, Virginia.
June 3, 2014
Leadership Eastside, the region’s pre-eminent leadership enrichment program, has announced the graduation of the Leadership Eastside class of 2014.
This year’s graduates join a powerful network of more than 1,500 of the region’s leaders in business, nonprofits and the public sector who work together to address the community’s greatest needs, according to a news release from Leadership Eastside.
Over the course of two years, members of the class of 2014 have deepened their understanding of the seven elements that make up a healthy community and have demonstrated their ability to effectively apply an adaptive leadership approach by successfully completing a series of sustainable community projects, including:
- Supporting the launch of a Bellevue Arts District.
- Developing a communitywide wellness effort for the city of Issaquah.
May 21, 2014
Randy Harrison emerged from the Vietnam War unscathed, but with a new appreciation for life
Randy Harrison is fascinated by history.
The well-read, 69-year-old Squak Mountain resident is especially interested in Homer’s “The Iliad.”
“Everybody knows about Achilles, Ajax, Agamemnon and Paris. All the characters you hear about,” Harrison said. “Every now and then, if you read Homer, there’s one guy mentioned, one soldier who did something, not the big characters.
May 21, 2014
In a small box that’s usually tucked away in his home library, Issaquah attorney Jerry Pearson has several keepsakes from his three-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Among the items are a set of dog tags made to commemorate three of his fellow Marines; a brass dragon head he found in a village; and the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for combat-related wounds in Vietnam.
The dragon head, in particular, brings back a flood of memories for Pearson, who was born in Seattle before moving to Issaquah as a small child in 1951. He associates it with Ron Dexter and Lester Bell, two members of the Fifth Marine Division who were shipped to the jungles of Southeast Asia and never came home.
March 11, 2014
In a life of milestones, local author meets another with self-published book
Sitting in a ray of sunshine in his “hooray for me” room in his Cougar Mountain home, Randy Harrison paused while discussing his book “West From Yesterday.”
From the window seat in the room (a Southern nickname for a room full of mementos from one’s life), the first-time author said he had shared the manuscript with family and friends before self-publishing it through Amazon.com. They’d realized the tale of Tucker, a post-Civil War-era plantation owner who journeys West in a bout of self-discovery, sounded a lot like someone they knew.
“They said they found a lot of me in Tucker,” Harrison said. “I realized both me and Tucker were from a Virginia family, had come from a life of privilege only by birth. And we both felt a sense of obligation that we had to earn what comes from that gift of privilege.”