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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Ten Portraits of people I didn't know

Tom and Susan Hess are soloists in the Walla Walla Symphony program "LoveĀ²." Tom and Susan both teach at the University of Idaho. Tom teaches Engineering and Susan teaches Bassoon.

Sharon Thompson has been playing with the Walla Walla Symphony for a long time. One of her friends in the symphony has taken to calling her Mrs. Walla Walla Symphony.

Yaki Bergman is the thirteenth music director for the Walla Walla Symphony. He also directs in Portland.

Pansy Johnson makes sure that her husband, Melvin, looks good. "This bike is more appropriate for people our age," said Melvin. "Yea, We're slow," quipped Pansy with a twinkle in her eye.

Melvin Johnson displays the "tricycle built for two" that he designed and built in 1985. "You can travel the world around and never find this kind of stearing," said Melvin. It took a year to make this tricycle, Melvin spent all of his spare time working on it. He built it for his grandchildren. Melvin and his granddaughter rode the bike in a parade a few years back.
"The most unique thing about the tricycle is the forkless stearing," said Melvin. He thought up the idea and found the main part in a scrap yard saving him a lot of money.
"He would lie awake at night thinking about the construction," said Pansy.
Melvin was a music teacher at Walla Walla University, and at Union University. He has been tuning the pianos at Walla Walla University for 36 years.
Melvin is currently building a longer version of this.


At 8:17 AM, Blogger Ashley Akacich said...

I really like this one Mindy! It shows a fun story that is probably often overlooked.

At 5:10 PM, Blogger Brandon said...

You really captured the essence of what it's all about being part of a symphony.


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