with David Gordon
Dave Beck worked his way up from abject poverty to become president of the most powerful union in the country. He shaped the city the way he wanted it to be, until he abused his power and lost it all.
with Brandon Felker
Alexander Pantages ran away from his home in the Greek Isles at age 9. He wandered the world, worked hard, and became one of the most powerful men in the history of show business.
with Jacob Burgess
Marion Zioncheck grew up as a dirt poor Polish immigrant in Seattle’s Skid Road district. He pulled himself up by his bootstraps, became a lawyer, and was elected to congress from Washington’s first district. The future looked bright, but an undiagnosed mental illness proved to be his undoing.
with Matt Hatfield
William Ballard was Captain of a small ship in Puget Sound’s mosquito fleet. A losing coin toss left him in possession of 160 acres of land north of Seattle which came to bear his name. A contentious battle over water left the young city of Ballard annexed into larger and more powerful neighboring Seattle.
with Kayla Teel
Olive Ryther was a housewife and mother who made a simple pledge in 1884 to never turn away a child she could help. Over the next 50 years she took in over 3,000 needy children and family members. Her legacy lives on to this day where the Ryther organization continues to serve the greater Seattle area and focuses on helping children with behavioral and substance abuse problems.