Pat O’Day Memory: Erik Lacitis – 1984

QZVX would like to thank Gary “Shannon” Burleigh for his help in keeping us “in the loop” on all things KJR. From a personal viewpoint, Gary said upon Pat’s passing yesterday:

“He was always bigger than life and we were better for it.  Who can look at a radio and not think about him?   Who can look at an old 45 and not think about him?  Who can hear the roar of a hydro and not think about him?  Who can say Seattle or Northwest and not think of him?  He was part of our identity.” Gary Burleigh


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5 thoughts on “Pat O’Day Memory: Erik Lacitis – 1984

  1. Lacitis was two years behind me at Lincoln High School in Seattle…His very attractive sister was in my class of 1965…She was a cheer leader…Eric eventually wrote for the school newspaper, then the very local Greenwood-Aurora Outlook….by the mid-70s, he had hit the “big-time”, working for the major Seattle newspapers for many years…He wrote an excellent story on Dick Balch, that off-the-wall car dealer in B urien, who often would giggle like a drugged-out maniac (kinda true) while he would bash a new car with a sledge hammer. He eventually got busted, but somehow recovered, assumed a more “normal” visage, and I believe he now is still alive, living in Tacoma. at around 90yo…I guess the Good really do die young!.lol.

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