Derek Johnson has been a sportswriter for nearly two decades. Over that span of time he has written six books, chronicled some of the top talent in football like Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, and Marques Tuiasosopo, and has reported for The Woodinville Weekly since 2013.
While his latest book — The Beautiful Life and Tragic Death of Parker Moore, which came out just last month — certainly has football as a central driver, it is a story that is emotionally raw, deeply personal, and tragic.
In it Johnson expertly crafts a biography that focuses on the namesake of the book: Parker Moore. Moore was 20 years old when he passed; far too young to be taken from this world in an act of senseless violence. The horrific murder transpired in Moore’s college town of McMinnville, Oregon where the Woodinville High School star was receiving his college education.
Those that travel to Washington and find Artisan Hill in Northeast Woodinville might call it a hidden gem. Locals are more inclined to skip the clichés and revel in the tunes, craft, and culture that make this wine-walk one of the city’s stomping grounds.
Countless breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and wineries make up this nook of the town and lend their charms and character the buzz that permeates the city.
At Two Vintners, Morgan Lee has been taking risks for over a decade. For nearly half that time, he’s been walking away with awards praising his wines, most notably his Syrahs.
Two Vintners swept the category at the 14th Annual Seattle Magazine wine awards, taking home top honors in both Best Splurge Syrah and Best Everyday Syrah. Not bad for a guy who grew up in the Midwest and didn't have the slightest inkling about industry until he took a wine appreciation class taught by Dr. Vine his senior year at Purdue University.
“The Seattle Magazine awards mean a lot in particular,” Morgan said. “It’s a blind tasting done by a panel of my peers... For them to hold my Syrahs with that kind of esteem is incredible… it feels really good.”
While attending Purdue, Morgan garnered a letter of recommendation from his professor that landed him an internship at Tabor Hill winery in Michigan. Although he loved cooking, his thoughts of becoming a professional chef waned. Nevertheless, he continued with his Hospitality degree.
Would be contestants help crews with Hasbro and the OneRedmond Foundation test out the 20-foot diameter Simon game board Friday, Sept. 6. Bob Kirkpatrick/The Woodinville Weekly
REDMOND — The Redmond Downtown Park Pavilion will be a buzz with excitement as OneRedmond hosts the world’s largest Simon Tournament Sept. 13 and 14.
More than 30 teams of eight will attempt to set a world record for the largest electronic game as they test their skills replicating random sequences of lights and sound on a 20-foot diameter platform. The top six teams each evening will move on to compete in a final round to determine nightly winners.
“We’re calling it the largest memory game for the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Executive Director of OneRedmond Kristina Hudson. “The goal is to have a lot of fun and bring some creativity and flare to Redmond.”OneRedmond Foundation is three city entities wrapped in one; an Economic Development Enterprise, Chamber of Commerce and Public Foundation designed to make Redmond, ‘a vibrant and desirable place to live, work and play.’ Hudson said the mission of the Foundation is to activate the streets of the city and, “really give some soul to the Eastside.”
And that is her inspiration for the event next weekend.
“When I was looking for a project to do, I wanted to bring creativity, innovation and fun altogether, so I got a hold of the people at Hasbro (who bought Milton Bradley, the original manufacturer of Simon). I have worked with them in my previous life working with interactive video games and they were pretty excited about the idea.”
Crews from Hasbro and OneRedmond got together Saturday to test the unit that can hold up to 20 people at a time, make sure all the kinks were worked out before the tournament next weekend, and to ‘drive some excitement for the event.
’“We’re thrilled with how much fun it’s going to bring to the people who live here, and for those who’ll be coming here for the event,” Hudson said. “Were expecting a large crowd – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Six team spots still need to be filled. If interested, visit www.worldslargestsimon.eventbrite.com and sign up.
Bob Geise is the winner of the Woodinville Farmers Market Peach Pie contest held on Saturday, Aug. 24. Bob went home with $50 in Market Bucks, a $50 gift card to Heritage Restaurant & Bar, and a custom Woodinville Farmers Market apron. Amazingly it was the first peach pie he'd ever baked! Pictured in the photo with Bob from left are Rachel Best Campbell, Breanna Beike, Susan Webster and Woodinville Mayor Elaine Cook. Courtesy photo/Woodinville Farmers Market
I never met Parker Moore. I never covered his football or track and field teams. I joined the Woodinville Weekly in 2013, just as he was graduating from Woodinville High School.
I was not familiar with him until November 16, 2014. That's when emails from readers alerted me that a popular kid from the Falcon football team had been killed in Oregon.
I wrote an article covering the murder. A year later, I interviewed Parker's parents, Doug and Julee, and wrote a one-year retrospective. Beyond those two articles, I never gave any thoughts to writing a book.