On and Off the Ave
A collection of newsworthy items from the pages of Columns.
The University of Washington Medical Center was the site of the birth of twins born on either side of the new millennium. Santos Mora-Rivas, in the red hat, came into the world at 10:06 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, while brother Orlando arrived at 12:16 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000. The babies left with their parents for a hospital in Wenatchee on Jan. 13. They were one of several sets of twins born around the world on opposite sides of the new millennium.
UW Math Instructor David Patrick (left) wanted to be a millionaire, but settled for being a "thousandaire" after taking home $64,000 on the ABC quiz show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" in November. He also has been taking some good-natured ribbing from his colleagues after getting stumped on this geography question in his quest to walk away with the $1 million grand prize: "Which one of these four countries is not on the equator?" His choices: Ecuador, Kenya, Chile and Indonesia. The show allows contestants to call a friend for help, and Patrick called an old school buddy from his college days. But neither was sure of the answer (Chile was correct), so Patrick passed on the question (worth $125,000) and walked away with enough money to buy a new car and "give a good chunk to the IRS." Patrick is currently on leave from the UW while at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, Calif. Photo by Maria Melin. ©1999 ABC-TV.
Husky Joe Jarzynka takes off on a kick return against Kansas State in a heartbreaking 24-20 loss to the Wildcats in the Holiday Bowl Dec. 29 in San Diego. The Huskies (7-5), who came into the game as 11-point underdogs, led No. 7 Kansas State (11-1) much of the way until the Wildcats scored a touchdown with 5:58 left. More than 2,300 fans turned out for the UWAA's Washington Warm Up pre-game rally, the biggest of the season, and were entertained by the Husky Marching Band. Photo by Joanie Komura.