Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel is a producer, host, and historian for KIRO Newsradio, and is editor of "Columbia," the quarterly magazine of the Washington State Historical Society.

Good news and bad news for two popular drive-in theatres

This week, we have a Double Feature of Pacific Northwest cinema history, with good news for one drive-in theatre and bad news for another.
5 days ago

Young aviator’s rediscovered photo albums are full of history, mystery

A Seattle family recently re-discovered a collection of photo albums that belonged to a great uncle who was a Navy flyer at Sand Point nearly 100 years ago.
6 days ago

Feliks Banel: Fifty years of ‘Wheedle on the Needle’

It was 50 years ago when one of Seattle’s most enduring literary characters – who also became the Sonics’ original big-head mascot – was born. On February 14, 1974, the book “Wheedle on the Needle” was published, and quickly became a Northwest favorite that’s still in print.
7 days ago

The windstorm that sank the Hood Canal Bridge in 1979

Total cost of the 1.3 mile span was $25 million in 1961, or the equivalent of about $210 million in 2019 dollars.
8 days ago

Ryan House in Sumner named “Most Endangered”

The grassroots effort to save the historic Ryan House in the Pierce County community of Sumner just got a boost from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. The statewide advocacy group has added the threatened structure to its list of “Most Endangered Places” in Washington.
12 days ago

Remembering how Boeing helped bring The Beatles to America for their first-ever visit

When The Beatles came to America for the first time 58 years ago today, it was a Boeing plane that brought them stateside.
16 days ago

All Over The Map: Forgotten original ‘Unity’ name still inspires Ilwaco

Much of the documented history of Ilwaco is featured in a book by historian Lucille McDonald and published by Binfords & Mort in Portland in 1966.
19 days ago

Man deserves gold medal for rescuing UW crew boat ‘The Conny’

The book and film “Boys in the Boat” has brought worldwide attention to 1936 gold medal-winning crew from the University of Washington. A vintage custom powerboat that was key to that team’s success – and that once almost went to the dump – has been restored and will be on display this weekend at the 2024 Seattle Boat Show.
21 days ago

All Over The Map: Meet me in … West Edge?

Here at "All Over The Map," we obsess over official names for places, and even more over the unofficial nicknames that stick – or don’t stick.
26 days ago

Boeing’s aviation history in Renton: From World War II to the 737 Max

In spite of the troubles with the 737 Max, it’s a safe bet that Boeing isn’t done making aviation history at its old Renton plant.
27 days ago

The origins of the only photo ever taken of Chief Seattle

Northwest historians agree about some basic facts about the photo, which was taken in 1865. How the photo came to be is sometimes a little more murky.
27 days ago

Seeking clues to the mystery cottage at Kirkland’s newest park

An iconic and mysterious roadside cottage in Kirkland now it has become part of the Eastside city’s newest public park.
1 month ago

‘National park on wheels’ seeks volunteers for Trails & Rails

A partnership between the National Park Service and Amtrak has placed volunteer interpretive guides on some routes for many years.
1 month ago

All Over The Map: Few clues in mysterious disappearance of ‘Wheeler & Murdoch’

The story of Seattle’s image influencing distant people through pop culture like film, literature, music and TV is an unfinished history.
1 month ago

Mystery stretches from Cedar River ghost town to “Boys in the Boat”

Along the Cedar River southeast of Renton, the remains of a coal mining operation might contain the clues necessary to help solve a mystery directly related to one of the “Boys in the Boat.”
1 month ago

Epic new folk song commemorates Northwest shipwreck and a sheep

An epic new folk song debuts this week to commemorate the spooky and sad legend of the SS Clallam, a passenger vessel which sank exactly 120 years ago.
2 months ago

Double Feature: Historic cinema and drive-in for sale in Colville

Movie theatres are experiencing something of a resurgence in the aftermath of the pandemic, as audiences have rediscovered an appreciation for them.
2 months ago

One Kirkland man’s passion for bicycles, history and community

A garage in Kirkland has been transformed into a magical workshop where a man repairs and restores bicycles for commuters and collectors.
2 months ago

Saving the home of ‘Boys in the Boat’ and men in the ships

It was built more than a century ago to train seaplane pilots as America entered World War I. Then it was home to the “Boys in the Boat."
2 months ago

Bartell Drugs name now gone from downtown Seattle

The final remaining Bartell Drugs location in downtown Seattle at 5th Avenue and Olive Way closed permanently on Thursday.
2 months ago

Contented cows and udder holiday delights at historic Carnation Farms

Historic Carnation Farms has been a fixture in the Snoqualmie Valley for more than a century. The unique Northwest destination is open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 16, for a holiday market along with a history tour led by the company founder’s great-grandson.
2 months ago

Lost and now found: 70 years of family history, thanks to Centralia’s ‘Magic Radio Santa’

Jim Hudson of Tumwater didn’t tune into KIRO Radio’s story on the "Magic Radio Santa" in December 2018, but he heard it last week.
2 months ago

The world’s largest hockey stick must find a new home

On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, a community that has been home for nearly 40 years to "the world's largest hockey stick" is getting ready to say goodbye.
2 months ago

In search of your vintage Santa photos

As first reported by KIRO Newsradio in 2015, department store Santa Claus photos are believed to have been invented in Seattle by Art "Happy" French, a Seattle Post-Intelligencer photographer, during World War II.
3 months ago