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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Radio's Joe "Copper" Cooper aka Joe Giannunzio's paintings featured at Trilogy

Left to Right:
Charles Jones, Joe "Copper" Cooper aka Joe Giannunzio,
Jaynie Dillon Jones

Joe "Copper" Cooper aka Joe Giannunzio's paintings were featured among a spectrum of some 30 artists at the recent Trilogy Art Show and Sale in Redmond, Washington.  Joe is best known from his decades on-the-air in radio here in the Seattle area, Portland, Oregon, and in Michigan long ago where his radio career began.  

However, Joe's artistic talent has always been smoldering in the background.  Few people know of his remarkable talents and accomplishments as a home builder.  But beneath all of those other natural talents and abilities, Joe has always had a passion for drawing and painting.  

Now that Joe is retired he is able to devote more time to painting and has completed more than 50 fairly large scale paintings.  

Earlier this month (May 2017) the Trilogy community in Redmond sponsored an Art Show and Sale where Joe exhibited some of his paintings for the first time in a public show.  Charles and Jaynie Jones drove up to Redmond from Tacoma to take in the show.  

There were interesting and outstanding works of art from many artists who were on-site.  All of the pictures shared in this blog post feature paintings by Joe Giannunzio.

The show spanned two days, Friday hours were exclusively for residents of Trilogy, but the show hours on Saturday were open to the public.  It was a thrill to see so much creativity on display.  

--Jaynie Dillon Jones

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rock Radio Documentary "I Am What I Play"

Roger King writes...

Hey friends & colleagues:

Excuse the mass email but when it comes to blatant self-promotion, it’s really the way to go.

So, I made this documentary called I Am What I Play...Many of you know this.  A number of you saw it.  For some, it may be news.  

After playing at festivals, special screenings and on the CBC Documentary Channel for the last two years, my film will finally be available to anyone in the world as of midnight tonight!  

For those who don’t know, it’s a documentary about rock radio disc jockeys, told through the life stories of 4 different DJ’s form 4 different cities: Meg Griffin (New York), Charles Laquidara (Boston), David Marsden (Toronto) and Pat O'Day (Seattle).  But it’s really the story of anyone who has worked on-air in radio – and the story of radio itself, from the free form era of the 60’s and 70’s right up to present day.  

The film includes songs from The Ramones, Rush, The Kinks and David Bowie, among others.   It really is for radio & music fans everywhere.  
So, as of May 1st, people can stream or download the film through Vimeo on Demand at this link:

If you haven’t seen it, I hope you will.  If you have seen it, I hope you will forward this email to others, raving about it.  If you haven’t seen it and couldn’t care less, maybe you know some radio & music fans who might.  Whatever camp you’re in, I hope you’ll tell two friends and they’ll tell two friends...Well, you know the drill.

And hey, if you tweet or Facebook or have a blog, don’t be shy to spread the word.  All the support is (and has been) much appreciated!

With affection,

Roger King
Producer/Director, I Am What I Play(416) 515-8918


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Twenty-three Annie Wright students earn International Baccalaureate Diploma

Twenty-three Annie Wright students earn International Baccalaureate Diploma

Tacoma, Wash. — Annie Wright Schools announced today that 23 out of 26 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates have been awarded the prestigious IB Diploma. Two students earned bi-lingual diplomas, and Annie Wright’s first student to test in Mandarin as an acquired language received a seven, the top score possible.

“We are very proud of our Class of 2015,” said Head of Schools Christian G. Sullivan, who is a native of the United Kingdom and has worked at schools in Europe, Africa and the East Coast. “Our students have performed well based on international standards of achievement, and are poised to make a profound and lasting impact on the world.”

All Annie Wright Upper School students follow the IB Diploma Programme curriculum, and around half choose to fulfill all the requirements, including sitting six comprehensive and rigorous exams in a range of subjects, to earn the full IB diploma. The average score of this year’s IB Diploma recipients was ten percent higher than the world average (this year's average is published in September).

Recognized worldwide as the gold standard of education, the IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Annie Wright received full authorization to deliver the IB Primary Years Programme in Preschool to Grade 5 last month, and is in the process of adopting the Middle Years Programme in Grades 6-8. When this process is complete, Annie Wright will become one of only a handful of IB continuum schools, delivering IB curricula in Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, in the United States.

Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at

Monday, October 27, 2014

Good Morning

Gray outside. Sun is breaking through. I am feeling mighty happy. I hope you are feeling happy too.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jen Willey, Communications Director and Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools at Annie Wright shared some exciting new with me yesterday..  

Jen says, "We have some big news with regard to our Early Childhood program here at Annie Wright. We are now extending learning and care of our youngest students to year-round (closed only 10 days annually), and doing so without raising our tuition costs. We look forward to serving more families in the community and hope that you can help us get the word out. We are still accepting applications, on a space available basis, for the coming academic year."

Questions?  Please call 253.284.8602.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Homestyle Chili Cookoff at Hometown Throwdown sanctioned in the first-ever Washington state Homestyle Chili competition Saturday, June 14, 2014 and has qualified a winner to the World Championship with International Chili Society. With 10 competitors, the number required to sanction the event, it is considered a regional homestyle cookoff.

First place winner is: Sue Simons, Roy. As first place winner, she will advance to compete at the world championship.

This is the third year for Homestyle division and the first time Washington state has hosted this level of competition. “Last year was my first year to coordinate the event and focus was on sanctioning Chili Red, Chili Verde and Salsa and we were successful,” Cynthia Stearns, Homestyle Chili Cookoff at Hometown Throwdown event producer said. “This year, we were ready to take on this competition and are excited we have been able to sanction this as well.”

Others winning include:

  • Second place:  Leonard Kellogg, Lynnwood
  • Third Place:  Ross Lunbeck, Lacey
  • Fourth Place:  Rescue Mission, Tacoma
  • Fifth Place:  Yuki Batten, Auburn

Also competing were:

  • Penny and Daryll Grant, Gig Harbor
  • Sally Jo Hagen, West Seattle
  • Destry Henderson, Tacoma
  • Larry and Betty Mayer, Lakebay
  • Stadium Thriftway, Tacoma.

This competition was designed for teams (one-four persons) allowing individuals, businesses and organizations to participate.

Races were tight including a three-way tie for fifth place with a tie-breaker to name the fifth-place winner.

Guest judges sampled in blind tastings.

Head judge Ken Peach of Spanaway and Scorekeeper Ann-Marie Anderson of Lynwood oversaw the judging and scoring process.

Guest judges were Judie Anderson, former restaurant chef and BBQ and chili judge, Austin and Cheryl Miller, KCBS BBQ judges, Nick Alan from 100.7 FM and Jim Flavin from Tacoma Rainiers. Health Department Liaison was Greg Frederick.

Also announced was People’s Choice, won by Rescue Mission of Tacoma. Prize was tickets to Tacoma Rainiers.

“Up in Smoke” won for Best Booth, created by Yuki Batten of Auburn. Prize was Chili Pepper necklace and earrings by Bernesa’s Beads of Pacific Beach.

Concert tickets to Blake Shelton, Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band (100.7 The Wolf), VIP package (Tacoma Rainiers) were awarded for those finishing first through third. (First place had prize package valued at nearly $300, second $115 and third $85.) Heritage Distilling Company and Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles were included prizes. Additionally, a signed book by local author Bernadette Pajer and Touchstone Crystal Jewelry (Elaine Thompson) were presented.

“We were presented the opportunity to coordinate this cookoff with 100.7 The Wolf Hometown Throwdown concert at Cheney Stadium. It was a natural to have this combination and bring an event of this caliber to Tacoma,” Stearns said.

Tasting kits included five tastes for $5. The chili was a huge hit with the crowd (over 3,000 in attendance) and was sold out in two hours.

Founded in 1967, the International Chili Society is an organization that sanctions nearly 200 chili cookoffs each year that are governed by ICS rules and regulations and a blind judging process. These events are worldwide and benefit charities or non-profit organizations. Local winners of ICS sanctioned cookoffs qualify to compete for prizes and awards throughout the year.

Over $90,000,000 has been donated to charities through the cookoffs. One million spectators a year participate in ICS events by cooking, tasting, judging, and having a good time.

“We would like to thank the businesses and people who supported this event including 100.7 The Wolf and Cheney Stadium. Also, a thank you to the competitors, our head judge and scorekeeper, plus our guest judges and others who assisted,” Stearns said.

For more information, please contact: Cynthia Stearns, 360.589.7751 or by email: