Dick Pust: A Life in Radio

One day in 1959, a 19-year-old man willing to “do anything” walked into Olympia’s KGY radio station and asked about employment. That small action, and his ability to type, landed him a job as the radio station receptionist. It was the beginning of a 60-year career in radio for Dick Pust.

Every day without fail, Pust wrote in a diary about the happenings of the day. He saved photos, articles printed in the newspaper, and mementos about his work life at KGY. “When you save that much stuff, lots of information accumulates,” said Pust. “I didn’t really have a plan for the information until years later,” he added.

While preparing for a presentation to the Tumwater Rotary Club about the Emergency Broadcast System, known as CONELRAD in the 60’s, Pust realized he possessed a treasure trove of stories and photos. The idea for his recent self-published book, AM1240 – Life at a Small Town Radio Station, was born.

Printed locally at Gorham Printing in Centralia, Pust’s 328-page book is filled with real stories about real people and took six years to write. It includes more than 500 photos and the names of nearly 600 people. His original printing of 200 hardcopy books sold out quickly.

“Initially I thought this was a project just for me, so I didn’t have a lot printed. Now that I understand the interest in the subject, I am printing a second edition in paperback,” said Pust.

When asked to identify his favorite story in the book, Pust said it was impossible to name just one. He highlighted the interest the public typically has about his time as MC of the Bob Hope Show when it came to St. Martin’s Pavilion. But what he really values are the stories about his 46 years behind the microphone and his beloved listeners. “The people I worked with were my family.”

For Additional Information
am1240book@comcast.net

LYNN CASTLE

Meet Reknowned Chef Roy Yamaguchi

Culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi is regarded as an international culinary visionary and the creator of Hawaiian fusion cuisine. The founder and owner of Roy’s restaurants will be Saint Martin’s University on Nov. 3 to host Saint Martin’s Gala 2018: Hawaii and Pacific Islands.

Born in Tokyo, Yamaguchi had his first taste of seafood bought fresh at seaside piers on Maui, while visiting his grandparents. It is these fond memories that would shape his future career. At 19, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York as a master chef. After moving to Los Angeles, he served as executive chef at La Serene. Yamaguchi then decided to head closer to his roots. He moved to Hawaii and opened the first Roy’s in 1988.

Yamaguchi’s numerous accolades include the prestigious James Beard Award. He hosted six seasons of the television show Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi. He is also the author of three cookbooks.

The following are excerpts from our interview with the renowned chef.

What is your best-kept cooking secret?
A lot of hard work at the end of the day. I love what I do. We make sure that people come first. Our people and the people who come through the doors are always the priority.

Why is good food important to the next generation?
Cooking with your kids is important because then they get used to having good food. I recommend bringing kids to the restaurant early so they learn to talk with the server—and also learn about manners and nutrition. Food is an international language, it’s a tool to connect all of us.

Why is the presentation of your dish so important?
People eat with their eyes. We like [the dishes] to look picturesque so our guests savor every bite.

Why are you excited to be cooking at the Saint Martin’s Gala?
I’m excited to be a part of the educational environment. At Saint Martin’s we will be able to have fun and do some inspirational cooking.

What should our readers know about you?
I love music and I’m a drummer. Playing the drums is like working in a kitchen. Everyone plays a part in the production of food in the kitchen, and in a band everyone plays a part in the harmony of the band.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information and to purchase tickets:
Saint Martin’s Gala
stmartin.edu/hawaiigala2018

outpatient total joint program

orthopaedic2Looking at a knee or hip replacement? Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, the largest full-service orthopedic group in the South Puget Sound area, now offers an alternative to the usual hospital stay of two to three days: outpatient surgery for healthier patients, who can then go home the same day of surgery.

“Olympia Orthopaedic Associates provides patients with convenience and the highest quality orthopedic services to get them back to the life they deserve—a life in motion,” says Becki Taylor, surgical services program manager.

Advancements in medicine now allow healthier patients to be up and moving very soon after surgery and returning home the same day, Taylor says. Patients are screened before being offered the program, to determine their fitness for outpatient surgery. OOA, which has been a part of the Thurston County community since 1972, started offering this service to patients in March 2015.

“We are very proactive in educating patients to ensure success after surgery,” says Taylor. Every patient having an out-patient total joint replacement at OOA attends a class and a preoperative physical therapy evaluation, she says. This process ensures that the patient and caregiver are well-prepared for recovery. Taylor reports that post-anesthesia recovery time is about four to five hours after surgery. During their stay, she adds, patients again meet with a physical therapist to go over exercises and to create a recovery plan. Ongoing recovery continues at home, with an outpatient physical therapy program.

According to Taylor, this well-tested, yet innovative program is available only at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. Ask your primary care physician if the outpatient total joint program is an option for you.

VIRGINIA ROSS

For additional information:
Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
360.709.6230
olyortho.com

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