JUNE 9, 1997

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Local barber offers glimpse into past

local barber by Mina Hochberg
Bothell native Dave Brown has been around, in both senses of the word. He's cut hair in Sumner and driven trucks in Montana. But his roots go back to Bothell, where he was born in 1954.
   Brown remembers his years growing up in the Bothell-Woodinville area. In his barber shop newsletter, he writes about the times he spent at one-time Norm's Resort on Cottage Lake.
   "It [Norm's Resort] used to be advertised all over the nation. When [Dave] went on vacations, he would see the little fish signs high up on a tree every several hundred miles or so. And lately he remembers how the resort used to be, with its high dive and slide and lifeguards and canoes to rent."
   Although Brown has not lived in the area for the past five years, he remarked that a number of housing developments have risen between downtown Woodinville and Duvall. What used to be a lot of dirt roads and a few houses is now "filled up" along the hill from downtown Woodinville up to Cottage Lake and all the way down to Duvall, he said.
   Brown graduated from Inglemoor High School in 1972, and had earlier attended the "all sixth grade school" at the W.A. Anderson building, now the Ricketts building, in Bothell. The school was comprised of sixth graders from four local elementary schools. Brown remembers watching the construction of Pop Keeney stadium during recess time, and climbing the stadium's piping before it was finished.
   When Bothell was still a small town, people would come from all around to watch the Bothell hydroplane races on the Sammamish Slough before the Bothell Landing was built, Brown said. In Kenmore, people of all ages could swim in a pool or bowl at "Pins 'n' Fins," now Kenmore Lanes.
   Recently, Brown opened a barber shop in the Cottage Lake area. But this isn't the first time Brown has cut hair for local residents. In 1988, he opened a barber shop in the same location, but sold it two years later to invest in a computer shareware business. The investment later fell through. Although this was his first departure from the barber business, he did not return immediately to cutting hair. Instead, he experimented with new occupations, one of which was driving semi-trucks around the Northwest. But he soon returned to being a barber, the occupation he realized provided him with the most satisfaction.
   "Truck-driving was too much road and not enough people," Brown said. "I've done this for so many years, and I like the interaction with people."
   Brown said he looks upon cutting hair as an art, contouring people's hair to complement both their faces and lifestyles. He added that it takes time to develop the skill of cutting hair while interacting with customers. "I'll probably retire here," he said.