High Times on the Eastside: Air Defense, Airports and Wishful Thinking
Saturday, February 8th
10:30 am – noon
Redmond Historical Society Speaker Series
If you find Eastside traffic challenging during the daily commute, consider what it could have been like if SeaTac Airport had been built here.
The Seattle area’s Eastside is known more for suburbs and traffic jams than airports and air defense, but not too long ago some of those neighborhoods had more planes than homes. Some even had NIKE missiles. Small air parks operated in Bellevue and in Kirkland’s Juanita area as well as in Issaquah and Kent. In the early 1970s, Redmond even contemplated building a commercial airport where today’s Watershed Park lies.
Join Sherry Grindeland, for a wide ranging talk on the history aviation on the Eastside: early birdmen, early airports, WWII and Cold War air defense, wishful thinking by City planners and business people – and D.B. Cooper. The talk is part of Redmond Historical Society’s regular Saturday Speaker Series.
Grindeland has a deep passion for local history and serves on the Eastside Heritage Center board. She enjoys doing oral histories and has written or contributed to several local history books and research papers. Her long experience in journalism includes her current role as Editor of the SnoValley Star newspaper and as former reporter for the Seattle Times and Bellevue American.
The Saturday Speaker Series is a monthly program presented by the Redmond Historical Society on every second Saturday (with the exception of December) at 10:30am at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, located at 16600 NE 80th Street. Topics range from local, state and Pacific Northwest historical interest. There is a suggested $5 donation for non-members. For details visit the Redmond Historical Society website.