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SECTION B THE ISSAQUAH PRESS COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009 C ONTRIB IYFED Thousands of these leaflets were dropped upon the citizens of Issaquah on July 17, 1951, as part of the Cold War experiment Project Revere. London professor studies city's role in Cold War project BY JIM FEEHAN" uring the height of the Cold War, Issaquah was deluged by an aerial as- sault. The payload: 30,000 leaflets dropped on the city in an experiment to under- stand how messages travel through a community. The U.S. Air Force, the University of Washington and it was widely sus- pected that the CIA, partici- pated in the experiment, called Project Revere, said [0aU [}odds Klaus Dodds, a professor of geopolitics and the director of the Politics and Envi- ronment Research Group at the University of London. "Project Revere we found fasci- nating, in part because of its cen- tral role in stimulating research into rumor and the role that ge- ography plays in shaping rumor transmission and reception," he said. He said he wanted, 58 years after the event, to study why this research was so central to a lot of Cold War-era research into communication. "Plus, to be honest, we wanted to see whether anyone could re- call the sight of thousands of leaflets being dropped on their communities," he said. Researchers at the Public Opin- ion Laboratory at the University of Washington chose to name the project after Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere. One of the leaflets makes reference to Revere and doing one's duty in terms of responding to a request to pass on information, Dodds said. Issaquah was selected because it was close to Seattle and had a small population, he said. Project Revere visits Issaquah In July 1951, University of GET INVOLVED Klaus Dodds would like to hear from anyone who was in Issaquah on July 17, 1951, and remembers Project Revere. E- mail him at K.Dodds@rhul.ac.uk. Washington researchers visited Issaquah and designed a simple experiment to determine how ru- mors traveled through communi- ties. The experiment was about coffee and involved sponsorship from the Gold Shield Coffee Co., of Seattle. The test involved whether people could remember the slogan, "Golf Shield Coffee - Good as Gold." The research team came to Is- saquah on July 16, 1951, and told a select group of women about the new marketing slo- gan. They were told that if they could remember the slogan a few days later, they would be given a free bag of coffee. They were also encouraged to tell others about it. The next day, the 30,000 leaflets were dropped over the city. Those encouraged people who did not know what the slo- an was to find out. If they could nd out the slogan by the follow- ing day, they could also qualify for free coffee. The research team returned to Issaquah on July 18 and inter- viewed a select number of people (excluding the original women from the outset of the experi- ment) and asked whether they discovered the slogan by word of mouth or leaflet, or both. At the time, Issaquah's popula- tion was about 1,000 and 20 percent of women listed among registered voters were targeted, Dodds said. No less than 100 people and possibly 184 people, according to one report, received the coffee, he said. "Basically, a lot of people See PROJECT REVERE, Page B3 BY GRIG FARIAI Alice Lewis (left), director of the Memorial Bells hand-bell choir, conducts a rehearsal with members that include (at right, from left) Tami Cron, of Maple Valley, and Bev Taylor, of Sammamish. Rfngfng. endorsement BY GREG FAIRAI Edn Hersey, Alice Lewis, Kelly Shoemaker (from left) and the other members of the Memorial Bells hand-bell choir ring out the hymn, 'They'll Know We Are Christians; during a rehearsal at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah. Two church musicians attend national hand-bell convention BY CHAI'TELLE LUSEBRINK solitary ringer lifts his A bell and it reverberates through the auditorium: Silence follows before your ears are filled with the vibrations of the Memorial Bells hand-bell choir. "Whenever I play or listen, I get goose bumps. My group does that quite often to me, said Alice Lewis, director of the Memorial Bells hand-bell choir at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah. "To hear them play what I've inter- preted and give that back to me and on to our audience. The ulti- mate goal is for the audience or listeners to get the message the music is imparting." BY GREG FAIRAI:{ Hand-bell choir members pick up bells from the tables in front of them to ring out 'My Faith Looks Up To Thee,' 'Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted' and other hymns during a Memorial Bells rehearsal. While listening to her 13 ringers of the Memorial Bells choir is im- pressive, she said, 114 of the best hand-bell ringers in the U.S. will be a different experience alto- gether. Lewis, who lives in Hobart, and one of Our Savior's ringers, Erin Hersey, of Kent, have been se- lected to participate in the Dis- tinctly Bronze West convention at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton Feb. 12-15. The event is organized by The American Guild of English Hand- bell Ringers and is identified as Distinctly Bronze because it is the highest performance level of hand- bell musicianship a performer can attain. The ringers are chosen through an application asking each what skills they have, the level of musi- cianship they've acquired, how many years they have played and asks for at least two recommenda- tions from people who have seen the ringer perform and can attest to their skills. For Lewis and Hersey, the event is more than just a chance to show off their ringing skills, it is also a chance to work on their musician- See HANDBELLS, Page B3 Student art at Reflections reception leaves judges floored BY GIIEG FARRAR Maclwnzi Hirsyama, a Beaver Lake Middle School eighth-grader, stands with her Reflections award-winning photograph, 'Unreachable; at the district award exhibit. BY CHAhTTE]hLE I.USEBRINK film/video and dance choreogra- nspiring photographs, entic- ing artwork and poetic verse were among the works hon- ored at the Issaquah PTSA Council's districtwide Reflec- tions reception Jan. 20 at the Pa- cific Cascade Freshman Campus. This year, 244 students were recognized for having competed at the district Reflections competi- tion. PTSA officials invited the stu- dents and their families to a recep- tion, so their works could be viewed and honored. "This is the largest participation we've had at the district level," Donna Gelinas, co-chair for Reflec- tions, said while looking around at the packed auditorium. This year's theme, "Wow!" pro- duced entries in six categories -- visual arts, photography, litera- ture, music composition, phy. "It is very fun and there is a lot of diversity in how the kids inter- preted and displayed what the theme meant," Gelinas said. For Ashley Montagne, a 10-year- old Maple Hills Elementary School student, it meant drawing a pic- ture of a clown fish she saw while on vacation in Hawaii. "It was so amazing how man,y and how colorful the fish were, she said. "I saw clown fish and Angel fish and sea turtles." The Reflections program was started in 1969 to provide an op- port-unity for students to use the arts to express themselves. "It is another way to bring art into our classrooms and our kids' lives," Gelinas said, although most pieces are developed outside the See REFLECTIONS, Page B3 Brandon Cooley, of Challenger Elementary School, won a Reflections ribbon with a photograph remarkable for a second- grader, titled 'Spiders Build a Cool House: BY GIEG FARRAI