While covering business news for The News Tribune during the heady 1980s, I often wrote of boasts by Tacoma's political and business "leadership" that great things were ahead for the City of Destiny thanks to the opening of the Tacoma Dome in 1983.
Tacoma finally had grasped the brass ring, they declared. The bland 1960s and '70s were history, went the puffery. New businesses, jobs, pride and national stature would soon be visited on Tacoma.
Some good things did happen: the University of Washington Tacoma, federal grants for restoration of several historic buildings downtown, new museums and freeway access. But the success of Tacoma's political and business "leadership" forecasts might best be summed up by an Associated Press story sent around the nation about the U.S. Open in University Place.
The Chambers Bay course, said the story, is located "outside Seattle."
As for me, I moved to Gig Harbor. As for University Place: Well done.