January 2016 Bar Bulletin
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Happy Quasquiquincentennial Anniversary KCBA?
Never Mind: 130 Years and Counting!

 

 

Okay, so our 125th Anniversary was a big deal to the bar in 2011 and we had a year of special celebrations, including the frequent use of an amazing Scrabble word: Quasquicentennial.


While I searched high and low for another Latin-inspired word for 2016’s 130th milestone, I’m sorry to report we may come up short until KCBA hits its sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary in 2036. For the “mini” milestones in between, I think we’re stuck with using just the numbers (or maybe Roman numerals to make it seem more formal: CXXX?).


In the meantime, happy 130th KCBA!


As we remembered in 2011, our founding year of 1886 was important to our country. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated. The American Federation of Labor was formed. The first commercially successful electric power plant was opened. Coca-Cola was sold for the first time (with that special ingredient cocaine). The Haymarket riots in Chicago occurred. The patent for the typewriter ribbon was granted.


Meanwhile in Seattle that year, it had only been 35 years since the Denny Party, the first European settlers, arrived in 1851. Our ancestors in 1886 were no doubt proud to see the first YMCA gymnasium open and the first graduates from a Seattle high school. Yet, a good part of our history that year was not quite worth bragging rights.



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