That’s for Me*

He was born Harry Lillis Crosby in 1903.

More than likely you know him as this man:

And a fact not widely known is that this gentleman was born here in Tacoma.

It’s funny how one can walk along one street a hundred times and discover something fresh, different or before unseen.

Take this for example:

It’s near the old Pantages Theater in the original downtown Tacoma whose arteries and pathways I’ve crossed and criss-crossed many a time, more often than I could count. Recently the glint of metal in the rare sunshine caught my eye

“This is the location of the Tacoma Community Christmas tree and is dedicated to the memory of BING CROSBY, Tacoma native who added a new dimension to Christmas for all the people of the world. Christmas 1977.”

That afternoon find inspires me to ask: What in your town have you strolled past a dozen times and not seen? … something waiting to be discovered, acknowledged and appreciated …

And yes, Bing, that little spot in downtown Tacoma is for you.

*That’s for Me by Bing Crosby

The light-hearted gay
Kind of charm you display
That’s for me.
The wonderful sly
Little trick with your eye
That’s for me.
What a feather in my hat
If I could gratify your wish;
Do you like the movies,
Or what is your favorite dish?
The tilt of your chin,
When you chuckle or grin
That’s for me
You might as well know
That wherever you go,
There I’ll be
Just to make sure you keep your heart
Alone and fancy free.
No one else can have it; that’s for me


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karyn @ kloppenmum
    May 13, 2011 @ 19:16:51

    I guess that’s what happened here in Napier. When I was growing up many Art Deco buildings were being torn down and most were in a mess. Then a few people looked up and saw what we had – the Art Deco Trust was born; and now the Art Deco Weekend at the height of our summer is a major tourist attraction, as are the buildings the rest of the year. I think we all tend to take for granted our surroundings, and forget to look for the special things that make it what it is.


  2. inaformerlifeanexpat
    May 14, 2011 @ 05:32:12

    Bing had two sides, his public and his not so genteel private side.


  3. ladywise
    May 14, 2011 @ 07:55:25

    That’s cool. You are so right in that we walk around and see…yet we don’t see…so many things.


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