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.

Bizarre structure in Kent is forgotten futuristic parking prototype

An unusual structure in Kent built more than 40 years ago may be a one-of-a-kind prototype for a futuristic automated parking garage.
4 days ago

How one of Seattle’s first landmarks was nearly destroyed in Big Snow of 1916

Though it wasn’t as intense as the Big Snow of 1880, the February 1916 storm nearly destroyed one of Seattle’s earliest landmarks.
6 days ago

Space Shuttle Columbia lost in a storm of history 20 years later

It was Feb. 1, 2003 that the Space Shuttle Columbia was lost just 15 minutes before it was scheduled to land at Cape Canaveral.
8 days ago

Cold War film ‘A Day Called X’ imagines Soviet attack on Portland

In 1957, CBS aired a 30-minute film imagining what might happen if Portland, Oregon, came under threat of nuclear attack.
13 days ago

How were Pacific, Pend Oreille and Pierce counties named?

This is the ‘Minding Your Ps’ edition (and ninth overall episode) of “County Countdown," covering Pacific, Pend Oreille, and Pierce counties.
19 days ago

Remembering the night Larry King broadcast live from the Space Needle

Fans of Larry King remember his late night phone-in program, which stopped in Seattle in 1981 to broadcast straight from the Space Needle.
20 days ago

The worst atmospheric river of all was winter 1861-1862

Even with autumn on the horizon and winter not far behind, for the really stormy stuff, you have to go back to the winter of 1861-1862.
26 days ago

Preservation groups: Seattle City Council making mistake with historic bank

The Seattle City Council will vote next week on a key part of a landmark designation for an old Seafirst bank branch on Denny Way.
1 month ago

Seattle event 40 years ago was a ‘New Wave boat show’

It was the 40th-anniversary last week of a landmark event at Seattle Center, marking the rise of so-called “New Wave” music in the Northwest.
1 month ago

Remembering the Whidbey air crew detained in China

In the early days of President George W. Bush, and just months before 9/11 defined the subsequent era, a U.S. Navy aircraft was an international incident.
1 month ago

Washington’s long-lost ‘Magic Radio’ Santa gets new life

Radio station KELA in Centralia/Chehalis would use a "Magic Radio" to connect with Santa Claus at the North Pole for 15 minutes each day.
2 months ago

Park honors ‘man who invented caring about Seattle history’

The park, which functions like a year-round outdoor living room for Pike Place Market, is named for a man who ‘invented’ caring about Seattle history.
2 months ago

North Pole to the Northwest: Little-known local Christmas music

Why not explore Pacific Northwest artists from the not-too-distant past who put out some really interesting Christmas music over the years?
2 months ago

George Jackson Brigade terrorized the Northwest in the 1970s

What do a grocery store on Capitol Hill, bank in Bellevue, a government office in Olympia, and Seattle City Light substation in Laurelhurst have in common?
2 months ago

Seattle’s department store Santa photos revolutionized the holidays

There’s one lesser-known Seattle invention that may have had more impact on the world than the entire tech industry: The department store Santa Claus photo.
2 months ago

Deck the Deere for Centralia’s Lighted Tractor Parade

Deck the Deere with boughs of holly and hang a shining star upon the harvester because it’s time in for the Centralia – WASHINGTON - Lighted Tractor Parade.
2 months ago

After Pearl Harbor, volunteers scanned Washington’s skies

A half-hour show, called “Eyes Aloft,” was produced each week for members of the Aircraft Warning Service, a corps of volunteer observers and clerical workers who donated their time to keep vigil over the sky during WWII.
2 months ago

Sunken ship lost 150 years ago, found off WA coast

The wreck of a sunken ship off the coast of Washington nearly 150 years ago has been found by a pair of maritime historians.
2 months ago

MOHAI celebrates 10 years with a look at Seattle’s complicated recent history

Seattle’s MOHAI is celebrating 10 years at its Lake Union Park home, and to mark the occasion, they’re looking back at the past decade of Seattle history.
2 months ago

Whitman Mission attack and the lost graves of the ‘Cayuse Five’

November 29 marks the 170th anniversary of one of the darkest days in Pacific Northwest history.
2 months ago

Previously unpublished photos of D.B. Cooper jet discovered

51 years after the hijacking of a Seattle-bound airliner, previously unknown photographs of D.B. Cooper’s Boeing 727 have been revealed.
3 months ago

Cap Hill, Sodo, T-Town and the ‘Frisco Effect’

Certain Northwest cities and neighborhoods have nicknames that evoke strong feelings but none as strong as the “Frisco Effect” in the city by the bay.
3 months ago

Harrowing Burien airliner crash covered up by time

You wouldn't know anything about it now by observing a typical day at this old family-owned supermarket in Burien.
3 months ago

Celebrating the life of Seattle’s favorite ‘Pepperoni Pusher’

A public memorial will be held this Friday for long-time Seattle business owner and self-proclaimed "Pepperoni Pusher," Art Oberto.
3 months ago