Kevin Kato. I grew up
in what is now called Newcastle. Back in
the day it was unincorporated King County.
Back then an inordinate part of the area was undeveloped and it was a
great place to be a kid. My neighborhood
specifically, Newport Woods, had gaggles of kids fairly close in age, growing
up together. Kevin and his family lived
eight houses away. My first memories of
Kevin date back to Kindergarten and we’re still close today. Separated by only
eight houses, there are many memories of childhood antics, turned teenage, then
collegiate, and now adult are a loving testament to our friendship. There are countless stories I’d love to tell
you about Kevin, some of which would thoroughly embarrass my dear friend. I’ll just give him a virtual “wink, wink,
nudge, nudge” on this one. He did
contribute pennies after all.