Redmond TriviaQ: Who was Redmond’s most famous artist?
A: It was the legendary woodcarver and sculptor Dudley Carter, who lived and worked for many years out of a home and Haida-style carving studio and longhouse on land by the Bellevue-Redmond Road that later became part of the Microsoft campus. In his later years, he lived and worked as a King County Artist-in-Residence on property next to the Sammamish River at the Leary Way bridge, where some of his larger works can be seen still by RiverWalk users.Q: What’s the smallest city park in Redmond’s history and where is it located?
A: Flagpole Plaza, at .11 acres, is the smallest park and is located in the center of what old-timers call the Town Square, which is really a triangle where 164th Avenue NE meets Redmond Way.Q: What local citizen became world-famous for his accomplishment and what was it?
A: In 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to climb Mt. Everest. He was given a tickertape parade down Redmond Way and was designated honorary Mayor of Redmond.Q: What popular TV series of the earl ‘90’s was filmed in Redmond and where was the soundstage located?
A: The series was called Northern Exposure and the soundstage was located near a business park in southeast Redmond.
- John Archer, actor.
- Andrew James Allen, actor.
- Karan Brar, for Chirag Gupta in Diary of a Wimpy Kids, Rodrick Rules and Ravi Ross in Jessie.
- Carrie Brownstein, guitarist and vocalist for Sleater-Kinney.
- James Doohan, actor, famous for playing Scotty in the television series Star Trek.
- Jeff Cirillo, former third baseman for several Major League Baseball teams.
- Daniel Dociu, concept artist and video game art director.
- Nick Downing, retired professional soccer player.
- Grant Goodeve, actor/singer/show host. Starred in the 1970s hit series "Eight is Enough".
- Blake Lewis, runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol and music producer/performer.
- Shannon O'Donnell, former NBC 11/Bay Area now KOMO 4 weather anchor.
- Lu Sheng-yen, founder of the True Buddha School.
- Adora Svitak, child prodigy, Poet, writer.
- Steve Wiebe, two time Donkey Kong world record holder, and was featured in The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
- Sandra Eisert, art director, photographer.
- Henry Hill, former mobster, lived in Redmond in the late 1980s.
Filmed In Redmond
- Northern Exposure (1990)
- Bustin' Loose (1981)
- From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
- The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
- Why It's a Good Thing (2003)