Ron Edge – of this blog’s “Edge Clippings” – reminded me that The Seattle Times “key word search” service through the Seattle Public Library website, can also read telephone numbers. He quickly determined that the “782 – 2442” painted by some semi-pro free hand on the somewhat seedy door in the photograph above was the tel. number for John George’s Studio of Performing Arts at 5412 Ballard Ave. N. W. (A parking lot now, I believe.) I have a habit of dating old negatives from my wandering prime as “circa 1970s.” The sidewalk weed at the front door suggests that the door behind it was not often used. However, John George was active here from the 1960s into the 1980s. It is, again, the key-word opportunity that gives us at least a minimal sense of what he was about in this studio. Predictably, there were many other John Georges, the most prolific made from one/half of the Beatles. Beyond the Liverpool connection, a racehorse named John George did pretty well at Longacres in the 1970s, and John George Jr. after him in the 1980s. I also pulled two instructive references to a Salish tribal leader in Vancouver. B.C. named John George. Read on – if you will, and CLICK TWICE to enlarge.
Another John George holds our last clipping. This time George speaks with the authority of Ore-Idaho Foods Inc, as their head of international export sales. We learn that the average European eats more potatoes than the average American (although, it occurs to us, that the average American looks more like a potato than the average European.) America in the fall of 1976 – its bi-centennial – had too many potatoes and was ready to ship and share them with Europe.