50 things Seattle has given the world | Seattle Magazine

2021-12-14 08:36:10 By : Ms. Nancy Han

Looking back at the 50 years of Seattle Magazine (for the evolution from Pacific Search, see "The 50 Years of Seattle Magazine") may be humble. Amazing inventions, people and ideas all come from the Emerald City. Of course, we have problems to solve. However, as many of the best talents in this city plan our future path for us, we have every reason to believe the old adage: The best is yet to come.

Ask people from other parts of the United States to name something from Seattle. They may mention Starbucks, but usually, they will go home empty-handed. Last year, a GeekWire reporter wandered in New York City's Central Park, asking walkers about the locations of the headquarters of companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. The answer is not pretty. Do we hate doing anything that looks like showing off? When the statewide budget cuts occurred in 2011, we became the first state in the country to abolish the tourism bureau (the state's official boasting agency). So, it's time to gloat. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of "Seattle" magazine, we developed a sense of civic pride — and claimed that we have the right to brag.

Eat and drink We are proud of our delicious local food-handmade and handmade-but Seattle is also responsible for some of the most iconic modern American fast food.

Fresh ready-made carnation evaporated milk (1899): Elbridge Stuart developed shelf-stable evaporated milk as a hygienic alternative to fresh milk. He succeeded under the carnation brand (inspired by the cigars of the same name displayed in the Seattle shop window), and established a carnation company in Kent and Carnation Farms on the east side of Lake Washington. The company continues to produce a variety of foods that have become staples in the family, such as carnation instant breakfast (now called breakfast essentials). The town of Tort was renamed Carnation, which is what locals know today. 

The Coffee Break Starbucks (1971): The impact of Starbucks on the world depends on who you talk to-it's not always likable. However, there is no doubt that it is a cosmopolitan coffee icon that introduces everything from the admirable pumpkin spice latte and Frappuccino to the possibly notorious over-roasted beans. It creates reliable "third place" gathering places between home and work in some of the most remote corners of the world.

Spoonfuls of Sugar Cinnabon (1985): Like Starbucks, Cinnabon brings classic comfort food to the mass market, making it a nationally recognized icon. The first batch of cinnamon and yeast floated from the Federal Way Mall (then known as SeaTac Mall) and went all the way, all over the place, thanks to Rich Komen and CEO of the Seattle-based restaurant chain Restaurant Unlimited Officer Ray Lindstrom, they have set out to make the perfect cinnamon rolls.

Picture from: Almond Roca Almond and chocolate wrapped toffee packaging based on Tacoma in the 1940s, Almond Roca

Almond Roca (1923): These addictive almond and chocolate-wrapped toffees from Brown & Haley and their iconic pink tin can were born in Tacoma.

Outdoor equipment In the land of outdoor enthusiasts, expensive down and wool are indeed king, but we are not just wearing comfortable things-we have created a lot. The ensuing practical, all-weather appearance has gone far beyond the borders of the Pacific Northwest and penetrated into cities across the United States

Image source: Eddie Bauer's original fluffy jacket, Eddie Bauer's down jacket

Eddie Bauer, born in Seattle, launched a down jacket in 1936. Similarly, Filson created the wool Mackinaw Cruiser in 1914. Although the original rough jacket is still as popular as ever, you will find many imitations of this style in stores from Nordstrom to Gap. Without the weird Utilikilt (2000), any discussion of Seattle fashion would be incomplete—the fusion of kilts, overalls, and Carhartts has produced followers outside the Pacific Northwest.

Image credit: "Trapper Nelson" by John Vicory Bremerton resident Lloyd F. Nelson. Nelson carried his daughter in a backpack during the sales call to show the strength of his wooden bag

Backpack (1922): It is essential camping equipment, so tenacious hikers in the Pacific Northwest will naturally come up with new and improved versions. Lloyd F. Nelson (Lloyd F. Nelson) of Bremerton created a backpack with a wooden frame and a canvas bag called "Catcher Nelson", which is the predecessor of the backpack we know and love today.

Therm-a-Rest (1972): Boeing engineer John Burroughs proposed an alternative to foam sleeping pads for campers, which uses a combination of foam and air to isolate and comfort sleep People above the ground.

REI (1938): Lloyd and Mary Anderson founded Recreational Equipment Incorporated, a cooperative that aims to help people who love outdoor sports obtain high-quality equipment in an affordable way; Jim Whittaker was the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest , He was the company’s first full-time employee and later became the CEO. Today, REI is the country’s largest consumer cooperative. Its store is equipped with equipment experts and stocks items for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels, encouraging them to try before buying.

Innovative computer technology may be one of the few things we (to some extent) are known to outsiders, but it is well known that local innovators will fix practical—sometimes low-tech—solutions such as The tricky problem of how to cut butter is faster, making teeth cleaner and making more donuts.

Seattle engineer David Giuliani created the Sonicare toothbrush (1992) and Clarisonic (2004), which are devices for cleaning facial skin, just like Sonicare cleans teeth. The brush is powered by sound waves. Sonicare continues to be recommended by dentists everywhere to keep those pearly white sparkles.

Donut maker (1923): Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former marine engine manufacturers, invented the first manual and automatic donut maker in Seattle. Their company continues to exist today as Belshaw Adamatic, headquartered in Auburn, the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of doughnut manufacturing equipment.

Butter cutter (1920): It is questionable whether people use this particular innovation universally, but it is there-it comes from William Rattle of Seattle, who obtained a patent for a cast aluminum tool. Just one squeeze can cut 1 pound of butter into even small pieces. Today's butter knives are usually plastic, but they still look convenient; next time you go to a casual restaurant for a bit of butter and bread rolls, You will have a perfect conversation starter. 

Cordless phone (1962): Decades before it became a reality, people had thought of cutting off the power cord. Pacific Northwest Bell invented a cordless phone for the revolving restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, which made its debut during the Seattle World's Fair. There is a telephone on the dining table of the diners, which is connected to the radio transmitter and can transfer them to the operator.

Compact Echo Sounder (1953): This device is small enough to be installed on all types of ships. It was developed by the Seattle-based Ross Laboratory to make sonar technology-necessary for depth measurement and underwater navigation- Available on a smaller scale and reasonably priced, for example for local fishermen.

Kindle (2007): The first e-reader, provided by our overlord at Amazon, is Seattle's love of books and technology. This popular device can store more than 1,000 books and download them in seconds (including downloading from the library). It gave birth to imitators such as Barnes & Noble's Nook.   

Sports Of course, we play ball, but we are also good at other (mainly) outdoor sports.

Pickleball (1965): Invented on Bainbridge Island by fathers Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, this sport that combines tennis, badminton and table tennis has recently been called one of the fastest growing sports in the United States because of its All-age accessibility and indoor or outdoor court options.

Badminton (1934): Eddie Bauer strikes again! The man developed and applied for a patent for the badminton shuttlecock design, which became the standard of the game and has been used today. 

Fiberglass skis (1962): Bill Kirschner developed the first fiberglass skis, which forever changed the way we slide down the mountain. He and his brother Don founded and ran K2 Corporation on Vashon Island, and over the years have continuously improved the ski design and produced other sports equipment.

Bicycle with aluminum frame (1975): Gary Klein used this material to create a complete bicycle, which broke people's expectations for a lightweight aluminum frame. He used his own welding process, thicker tubes, and other engineering innovations to make the frame to create the lightest bicycle at the time, which is still very popular today. His company, Klein Bikes in Chehalis, was eventually acquired by the big-name bicycle company Trek.

Single handle Moen faucet (1947): When a young man named Al Moen scalded himself with water from an old double handle faucet, he thought he could think of a better way. He did it, and the resulting one-handle faucet was first manufactured in Ravenna Metal Products in Seattle in 1947. It is as iconic as the brand name "Moen" and can be seen on many sinks today.

Pellet stove (1980s): Boeing engineer and inventor Jerry Whitfield developed this highly efficient residential stove that burns compressed wood or biomass pellets. Most pellet stoves on the market are still manufactured in Washington State. 

MUSIC Grunge music (in the 1990s) may be the most important music. Apart from Starbucks, non-Seattlers may attribute it to our fair city-thanks to Sub Pop Records and Nirvana-but there are also some others from Seattle Music notes.  

Seattle musician Paul Tutmarc created electric bass guitars in the 1930s and sold them through his musical instrument company Audiovox. However, the Tutmarc family has never seen this instrument succeed in the mass market-this happened when Leo Fender appeared in the 1950s.

James Russell, born in Bremerton, was praised for inventing the compact disc (CD) in 1965. He conceived and developed an alternative to vinyl records that could record and replay sounds without touching the parts. (It is different from the phonograph on the record). He obtained a patent, but Philips and Sony obtained licenses shortly thereafter, and developed, improved and brought CDs to the market in the 1980s.

Picture from: Boeing Images Boeing brought us the first American jet airliner (707) and jumbo jet airliner (747), but few people know that they also introduced the concept of flight attendants, the picture shows the 377 Stratocruiser luxury Lounge, circa 1940s

The Boeing Company was founded in 1916 and has several different forms of influence on the world. It developed the first American jet airliner, the 707 (1954), which resulted in the iconic first jumbo jet, the 747 (1970). Boeing also brought us the idea of ​​a flight attendant (now called a flight attendant, thank you very much), who first took the Boeing Air Transport 80A in 1930. Because scale is important in this business, Boeing’s Everett plant currently holds the record as the world’s largest building with a volume of 472,370,319 cubic feet.

Forest Farm (1941): Weyerhaeuser pioneered the concept of planting trees like any other crop, and set aside 200,000 acres of land in Washington to produce wood for construction and paper, and (theoretically) protect more woodland .

Microsoft (1975): From Windows to Microsoft Office to Xbox, the company is everywhere in homes and offices around the world. For Seattle, the company represented the region's first large-scale technology boom. By 2000, the state had created at least 10,000 millionaires. Some people say that this is the beginning of the 18-hour workday technology era. The company’s alumni have ventured into new and influential fields, including philanthropy and politics.

RealPlayer (1995): RealNetworks developed the first software to transmit media over the Internet in its office in Pioneer Square. RealNetworks was one of Seattle's most well-known technology companies during the boom of the late 1990s/early 2000s. RealPlayer quickly became part of most computer settings, especially when it was bundled with Microsoft's Windows.

T9, also known as predictive text (late 1990s): Those of us who are old enough to remember our lives before smartphones also remember the learning curve brought by text messaging. Martin King (together with Cliff Kushler, who continued to develop another text messaging technology, Swype), developed what we know today as the basis of text messaging, T9 ("Nine-Key Text") predictive text, and the company that produced it, Tekey Communications. This technology is an extension of King's main interest, which is the development of communication tools for the disabled.

Convenience may be due to our geographic isolation in the northwestern corner of the United States, or maybe we just don’t like walking in the rain, but Seattle has always been the center of innovation in delivery services-this may have contributed to the consumer characteristics that we seem to think are brought to the world Got: I am generally impatient with anything that takes more than 24 hours to arrive.

UPS (1907): An American messenger company founded by two Seattle teenagers. The service quickly took off, merged, and became United Parcel Service.

Amazon (1994): The world's largest online retailer, it revolutionized the home shopping industry, starting with book sales and continuing to innovate by offering faster delivery options (including same-day delivery).

Homegrocer.com (1997): The first Internet-based grocery delivery service, which thrived in several cities, and then succumbed to the Internet bubble in the early 2000s. Amazon Fresh and other companies are now following in their footsteps.

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Nordstrom Customer Service (1901): There are books and stories dedicated to it (which may become a bit taller) reporting its extraordinary behavior. Nordstrom's customer service has been excellent since its establishment as a shoe store, so much so that the company has had to tighten its return policy in recent years because customers took advantage of it by returning goods that were not even sold there.

Teriyaki: New York bagels, Chicago deep-dish pizza, Kansas City barbecue, Seattle... Teriyaki? Indeed, this small town loves this Japanese-originated cuisine so much that it caught the attention of The New York Times a few years ago. The Seattle version of Teriyaki is definitely not traditional-you will find everything from Somalia to Thai and Vietnamese variants-but they are ours. Sadly, however, this cheap and comfortable food may be slowly disappearing from our food scene - and affordable rents for small businesses.

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12th: Seattle celebrates the "12th", a fan of the Seattle Seahawks. As early as 1984, the Seahawks retired the No. 12 jersey. However, our 12-year-old player did not see the light until the team became a contender for the Super Bowl. Although we are one of the most resounding 12-year-old students, we are not the only or the first 12-year-old students because institutions such as Texas A&M University have quickly reminded us.

Blame me for eating cheeseburgers? Obsession with LOL cats

Can I eat a cheeseburger? (2007): Thanks and accuses Seattle-and Eric Nakagawa and Kari Unebasami-for taking cute animal photos to the next level, pairing them with interesting subtitles, especially LOLspeak (for example, "I can Do you have a cheeseburger?"). The original website became Cheezburger, a monetization company, and it now has multiple equally addictive websites.

Professional automation When delivery is not an option, efficiency is still the name of the game, and letting machines work for us is certainly at least a few of these household innovations. 

Coinstar (1991): This headquarter-based company founded in Bellevue (now called Outerwall) allows you to exchange change for cash at the nearest grocery store without the need for a bank or rolling coins.

Automatic car wash (1951): Even locals may not know that Elephant Car Wash’s iconic pink elephant represented the first automatic car wash business in the United States. This business is the brainchild of the Anderson family, and they figured out how to make Seattle Semi-automatic car wash business is a fully automated experience. Soon, other car wash shops followed suit.

The PLAY TIME game is very big here-really big. Nintendo of the United States is based on the East Side, and of course, Microsoft, which developed Xbox (2001), is also the same. A lot of games have been developed here, especially games for computers. We only show some of the most influential games.

Pictionary (1985): Robert Angel conceived the drawing game in Spokane and brought it to the market with two other business partners in Seattle.

Wizards of the Coast (1990): This Renton-based gaming company has achieved success in popular fantasy and anime trading card games, including Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon. 

Valve (1996): This Bellevue-based video game company is the creator of the popular online gaming platform Steam and various video games (such as the Half-Life series). 

Cranium (1998): This game was created by former Microsoft people Richard Tait and Whit Alexander. Players can use their creativity and knowledge.

PopCap Games (2000): You know this game company, such as Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies.

Big Fish (2002): Seattle-based computer and mobile device game creators have launched an amazing number of casual games from Gummy Drop! Mahjong to the casino to soothe your procrastinating soul.

Halo (2001): The list of games without shouting at this extremely successful first-person shooter created by Microsoft's acquisition of (at the time) Bungie Software is incomplete.

In terms of low technical content, the popular toys Slinky Dog and Fisher-Price Snap-Lock beads (early 1950s) were created by Helen Malsed. Helen Malsed is a creative housewife who likes to play She tried all kinds of toys to create her son in their Mulan home.

Picture from: Petmate Chuckit in Seattle! Let you and your dog throw the ball together, drool

Chuckit (1998): Seattleers Mark Oblack and Mariel Head saved our pitching arm with this flexible plastic part that can catch a drooling ball And throw them far, far away.

Defibrillator (1962): A portable defibrillator enables emergency personnel to treat a stopped heart before the patient reaches the hospital. Karl William Edmark, MD, created the device using direct current to make it safer and more effective than ever.

Scribner shunt (1960): Belding Scribner of the University of Washington invented a device that allows patients to connect to a kidney dialysis machine without having to make a new incision in the vein every time, thereby reducing the pressure and damage to the veins of kidney patients. Soon after, Scribner and his team asked colleague Dr. Albert Babb to design a portable kidney dialysis machine (1964); he did it, and this machine allowed patients to receive dialysis treatment at home, not just in the hospital. Scribner also helped establish the Northwest Kidney Center, the world's first outpatient dialysis treatment center.

Doppler Ultrasound (1967): This technology was developed by Donald Baker of the University of Washington and changed ultrasound imaging forever, creating clearer images when used with ultrasound equipment. 

Bone marrow transplantation (1963): E. Donnall Thomas, MD, developed this transplantation method at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. It is mainly used to treat diseases such as lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and acute myeloid leukemia. The center has become the world’s The first bone marrow transplant facility. In 1990, he won the Nobel Prize for his work. His wife Dottie is known as the "mother of bone marrow transplantation" because she personally works in the laboratory, draws blood, and edits her husband's scientific papers. 

The first female mayor of a major American city (1926) Bertha Knight Landes (Bertha Knight Landes) is still the only female mayor of Seattle (and our city and the world’s largest tunnel boring machine of the same name) .

The first $15 minimum wage (2014) Seattle was the first major city in the United States to incorporate a $15 minimum wage into the law; soon other cities and states followed suit.

First Outdoor Shopping Mall (1950) looks quaint these days, but Northgate Mall is the first suburban shopping center in the United States, designed by Seattle architect John Graham Jr., and the first shopping center with public restrooms.

First sighting of a flying saucer (1947) Private pilot Kenneth Arnold reported that on the way from Chehalis to Yakima, when flying over from Mount Rainier, the world’s first I encountered flying saucers after World War II. His sightings aroused national press attention.

Original naming rights (1853) We are the only city named after the then-living local chief of Seattle.  

The first Stanley Cup victory (1917) The Seattle Mets were the first American team to win the cup. Soon after, the championship went from being held only by Canada to including the United States. 

First Living Building (2015) The Bullitt Center in Chuo District is the world's first office building certified by Living Building, which is the benchmark for sustainable development. One of the ways it has won praise is that it generates 60% more energy through solar panels than it uses. 

First US Organic Chocolate (2006) Fremont chocolatier Theo Chocolate made and sold the first organic chocolate in the United States

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