Bob, Ted, Leavenworth and Bavaria

Posted on | February 25, 2015 | 2 Comments

bobtedmountiansIn 1960 Bob Rodgers and Ted Price opened a Bavarian-themed cafe in the depressed logging town of Leavenworth in central Washington. A decade later, residents were dancing around maypoles. Prompted by Rodgers and Price, Leavenworth became an Alpine-style resort so popular that it received an “All America City” award and was featured in Look magazine. Yesterday Rodgers’ niece, Arlene Collins, phoned to say that Price died on February 19th in Vancouver, Washington. Her uncle had died “just about exactly a year earlier.” So, if heaven exists, it’s a safe guess that it’s about to be redecorated. Here’s to the men who once wrote me a tongue-in-cheek note that began, “Thank you for outing us on the front page of the Los Angeles Times.” And here is the 2003 LAT piece that prompted the note from the World War II veterans who braved American lumberjack country and decided that a good new look would be lederhosen. Photo: Rodgers and Price/


2 Responses to “Bob, Ted, Leavenworth and Bavaria”

  1. Leigh Adams
    February 25th, 2015 @ 3:21 pm

    How touching, what brave men.

    Thank you for writing about them, this is a celebration of lederhosen and love.

    RIP Rodgers and Price

  2. Just Jerry Campbell
    December 24th, 2023 @ 10:41 am

    Still remembered, Christmas 2023 in Saint Louis.

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