A better booster for Walla Walla's nascent wine industry couldn't be found than Tom Stockley. From early on, the journalist wrote enthusiastically about the business in Walla Walla — well, and the state — in "Wine," his weekly column in The Seattle Times.

Remaining reticent about his World War II combat experiences wasn't Dean Tate's way. The B-17 bombardier who trained in Walla Walla during the summer and early fall of 1943 talked about his escape from Nazi-occupied France so often, daughter Susan Tate Ankeny of Camas, Washington, said she knew it by heart.