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The Other Beantown
Adam Duerson
November 01, 2004
Starbucks, rich techies, soft showers: One visit and you'll want to Hasselbeck
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November 01, 2004

The Other Beantown

Starbucks, rich techies, soft showers: One visit and you'll want to Hasselbeck

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[1] MICROSOFT HEADQUARTERS Seahawks owner Paul Allen cofounded company with Bill Gates in 1976, then left in '83. Now the world's fifth-richest man (by selling Microsoft shares), Allen bought Hawks in '97 for $200 million. [2] BELLEVUE, WASH. Running back Kerry Carter's condo, where Bobby Trendy (The Anna Nicole Show) went "masculine but classy" in ABC Family home-makeover show, Bachelor Pad. [3] EVERGREEN HOSPITAL Running back Shaun Alexander cut umbilical cord of daughter, Heaven, at 12:37 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, then raced to Qwest Field--with police escort--to play Rams. Arriving in second quarter, he gained 58 yards in 24-23 win. [4] MOUNT RAINIER Wideout Steve Largent and the man who helped him to the Hall of Fame, QB Jim Zorn, scaled the 14,410-foot volcano in '80. [5] SUB POP HEADQUARTERS Nirvana, Soundgarden ... the birthplace of grunge. After being drafted in '93, QB Rick Mirer, a fan of another Seattle band, Pearl Jam, marveled, "Great rock scene. I guess the first thing I'd like to do is meet Eddie Vedder." [6] PIKE PLACE MARKET Where fishmongers famously throw their wares and where Starbucks began in '71. [7] KINGDOME Seahawks home from '76 through '99 drew largest crowd (74,000) for Billy Graham Crusade event in '76. [8] HUSKY STADIUM Birthplace of the Wave (in '81) and home of U of Washington football since 1920. [9] EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT Paul Allen's ultimate music museum. Recent exhibit: Disco--A Decade of Saturday Nights. Travolta's duds and all. [10] 93.3 FM Defensive backs Ken Hamlin and Marcus Trufant took requests on the KUBE's hip-hop-centric Traffic Jam Takeover. [11] SPACE NEEDLE Focal point of Sonics logo was tallest building west of the Mississippi (605 ft.) when erected for '62 World's Fair. [12] BILL GATES's gazillion-dollar housing compound has secret pivoting bookcases, 24 bathrooms and a system that determines visitors' whereabouts using electronic sensors. [13] SEATTLE CENTER The King came to the King City to film 1963's It Happened at the World's Fair, but forgettable songs (Take Me to the Fair) and a dud plot--even for an Elvis flick--make the movie a stinker. -- Adam Duerson



? FIRST EVENT: July 28, 2002, Seattle Sounders beat Vancouver Whitecaps 4-1 in soccer. A-League attendance record of 25,515.

? NAMING RIGHTS COST: $5 million annually, sixth-highest in NFL.

? PLAYING SURFACE (FIELDTURF) COMPOSITION: 35,000-plus recycled tennis shoes; 30,000 recycled tires.

? RETIRED NUMBERS: 80 ( Steve Largent, on loan to Jerry Rice), 12 (fans, "the 12th man").