Friday, April 12, 2013

I think I need a small I'll go to Juneau

Happy 2013! Yes, this is my first post in this blog for 2013. And this post has little to do with NTN Buzztime.

If you read my Empoprise-MU music blog, you may have seen my post about a mysterious Zoominfo entry that I discovered.

Although it took me some time, it turned out that this Zoominfo entry was automatically generated in 2009, based upon an Empoprise-MU post about the song "Wichita Lineman."

The Zoominfo entry included a number of interesting board memberships for this John Bredehoft from Wichita. I was able to decipher most of them.

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Empoprise-MU News

Empoprise-BI News

Founder Atlantic City.


NTN Buzztime


Triangle Club

I'm sure that the principals at NTN Buzztime would be pleased to know that I (or, more accurately, my Kansas counterpart) actually founded their company.

But one of the entries that threw me off was the "Triangle Club" entry. Had I written something about former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson?

Eventually, I figured that one out also. It turns out that I briefly wrote about the Triangle Club in a 2009 Empoprise-NTN blog post. This is a Buzztime site in Juneau, Alaska. I was no longer able to find the 2008 Juneau Empire story about the Triangle Club Bar, but I did find the bar's website, which includes a history of the Triangle Club Bar.

The Triangle Club has offered continuous service at it's (sic) historic location for over 60 years. In 1947, Joe Thomas, Sr. purchased the club from Wilbur Burford and Emmett Botelho. Following in his father's footsteps Joe Thomas, Jr. continued to perpetuate the Triangle's tradition by offering a warm friendly haven for sports enthusiasts and a refuge from the Taku winds. This excellent tradition continues today under the guidance of Joe Jr's daughter Leeann Thomas. The Triangle Club still offers the same hospitality today as it did 2 generations ago, making it one of the truly unique establishments in downtown Juneau....

The club's diverse clientele has included everybody from governors to carpetbaggers, making it an inviting "watering hole" to exchange tall tales and solve the world's problems. Equally entertaining from the club's vantage point is the "people traffic" on Front and Franklin Streets, arguably one of the best places in town to enjoy a drink and a good view.

I don't know if then-Governor Sarah Palin ever visited the Triangle Club Bar, but conversations at the bar could switch to state business in a snap:

The ‘Jewels of the North’ stood in the crook of the horseshoe shaped end of Juneau’s Triangle Club’s bar regaling the assembled Sages with the tale of her encounter with four bears behind the back porch of her downtown condominium....

The ‘Jewels of the North’ had broken up a bear fight. Governor Sarah’s got nothing on her.

The Stroller offered up this observation for the consideration of the Sages and they agreed with him before the conversation disintegrated into a spirited debate about Governor Sarah and the validity of the Alaska Legislature’s report concluding she had violated Alaska’s Executive Ethics Act by applying illegal pressure on the Commissioner of Public Safety, and his department, to fire her former brother-in-law as a state trooper....

In addition to governors and carpetbaggers, the Triangle Club Bar also attracts gamers. The Triangle Club is still an NTN Buzztime site. As of today, the Triangle Club is leading all competitors in the Tri-State Topix Challenge, although the Ram Restaurant in Puyallup is a close second.

I wonder if there are a lot of Glen Campbell fans in Puyallup.