‘Deadliest’ memoir to be released

Captain Sig Hansen, one of the captains on the popular Discovery show The Deadliest Catch has written his memoir, “North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters,” which is set to be released this week.

Photo courtesy: Discovery Channel
As a Ballard native, Hansen spoke candidly to our news partner the Seattle Times about changes to our neighborhood. “You won’t hear Norwegian spoken on the streets of Ballard anymore,” he tells the Times. “It’s become one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Seattle.” The Times writes that he thinks the Sunday Farmers Market is “frequented by sandal-wearing recyclers … storefronts that once sold hardware and ship supplies are now boutiques … It’s not clear to me what they sell.” Although fame isn’t always all that glamorous, he has welcomed the opportunity to bring international attention to the fishing industry. He’s also been able to take a young cancer patient out for a day of crab-fishing on the famous Northwestern through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. You can read more about his memoir in this piece by Jack Broom.


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sweetrose
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sweetrose

“sandal-wearing recyclers ” : ) oh yeah, neo Seattlites.

Name
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Name

the good ol' days were not always so good. ask anyone from Seattle that has lived here for more than 30 years what Ballard was like and they will give you a not so nice picture of a neighborhood. Yes there are more condos. yes there are more new homes. yes there are more new people and shops. but get a grip on reality. nothing remains the same and in this instance, Ballard has flourished in how it has seen an improvement in crime, housing values, amenities, diversity and on and on. There are problems in ballard just like any neighborhood in Seattle but to say this area was nirvana in the 60's or 70's or 80's is disingenuous. enough already.

Alex
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Alex

“As a Ballard native”

Last I heard Sig's house is in Shoreline.

sweetrose
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sweetrose

He was born here and worked here all his life.

Tell us Name what was bad in Ballrd 30 years ago?

Kat
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Kat

Ask any of my family from Seattle (Ballard) and they will tell YOU different! They all agree it was much better back in the day. My mother could tell you of all the old places that used to be here, golden gardens back in the day, our “mayor”, our stronger sense of community. Not a bad picture. Its your opinion that Ballard wasn't up to your standard back in the day, but MANY people disagree.

mister m
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mister m

yeah, back in the good old days. when the real captains didn't use computors.

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Name

way to qualify your answer with descriptions that are open to an individual's personal interpretation…'all the old places that used to be here' (now there are new places. some of which are crappy but some of which are pretty darn nice). 'our mayor' (your point)?'golden gardens back in the day' (they had vagrants down there then just as they do now. take your rose colored glasses off). 'our strong sense of community' (now we have MyBallard that in some ways connects a lot more people than 'back in the day').
I didn't say Ballard was terrible in every possible way. I didn't say it wasn't up to my standard. I too was born in Ballard, grew up here and now live here. My point is that it was far-fetched to say Ballard had no blemishes in an earlier time.

kim
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Name,

bitter?

sig's got it right.

Bark more, wag less
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Bark more, wag less

You also don't hear any of the native languages spoken here before the Euros drove THEM out, but no one b*tches about that.

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Bark more, wag less

Errrrrr, housing covenants?

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I lived on 20th from 1989-2000. There was always parking. Everyone knew all the cashiers at QFC and Bartells. Neighbors talked to each other and looked out for each other. You could walk to the bars and not worry about getting mugged. I don't remember ANY homeless people. I don't remember any human turds on the sidewalk. I'd leave my car unlocked. Ballard used to be quiet and full of old people. We liked it because rent was cheap and you felt safe.

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

Guess what, the earth keeps going around the sun and time keeps moving on.

Ellis Dee
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Ellis Dee

Ballard has changed and there's less pollution than in the past.

Kat
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Kat

And no where did Sig say anything about Ballard being perfect. All he said was that it is WAY different, which it IS.

I guess Ballard didn't need a internet community full of anonymous people, since you could practically walk down the street and know everyone. And our “mayor” Marvin was quite an interesting person and a part of Ballard history.

As for the vagrants in GG, I can't say I've really seen any now (except in the camper vans and their not hurting anyone) and I don't remember any back in the day. GG used to be a lot more relaxed, but that's also due to a lot less people, which was nice.

you heard me
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you heard me

scuddlebutts, I leave ballard for 6 months and find nothing but banter to the defense of clique defining category that Ballard does not truly belong in.
Your internet opinionated quarrels do neither justice as truly there is no everlasting substance to this guy's report, he who would otherwise be a dirty fisherman with a waterleg view of costal ballard's trendy overpriced market if not for the same technology that has brought myballard, and us more “together” to share “community” in this newage trendy commercialized world.

go dribbly your underarm rubbish on some other forum.

Lisa
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While I like Sig, I get defensive about Ballard. Of course you don't hear Norwegian, the original speakers have either passed on or (as in the case of the Hansen family) moved out of the neighborhood.
Move back to Ballard, Sig, or don't put us down!
As a native Ballardite (and Norwegain), I miss the Scandinavian shops, but if you're down here on a Friday night you can't miss the vitality of the area.

zipper
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zipper

The good old days will always be better. It's called nostalgia.

I like the change in Ballard and Seattle. I look forward to more growth and development, more urban landscape and density and more new neighbors with money that want to improve the neighborhood. You can take the Clampetts that live next to me and shuffle them off to Shoreline.

XXOO,
Ballard resident since 1989

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“As a Ballard native”

Him and his brothers grew up in Shoreline. Hell, I went to high school with Edgar.

SPG
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“GG used to be a lot more relaxed, but that's also due to a lot less people, which was nice.”

Some would interpret this as it was a lot more “white”. I can't really say as I didn't grow up as a black kid afraid to go north of the Ship Canal, but I've heard enough stories that I tend to believe that wether earned or not, Ballard had a reputation of being less than welcoming.
When I was a kid I remember hearing a lot of wild stories that were taken as conventional wisdom and then were completely debunked after a few years. But the problem was that when we all believed them, it basically made them true in effect. It's kind of weird how that works.

SPG
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SPG

You know, you could get to know all the cashiers today. You could talk to your neighbors. Your neighborhood is what you make it.

Ellis Dee
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Ellis Dee

Without all the smoke and soot the air is cleaner now. These days, if your antifreeze leaks on the street one of those dang environmentalist types will stop and cuss at ya.

zipper
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zipper

That's hilarious. What a tool.

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billybobob

With all due respect, Sig is not just a fisherman. He is a video game developer (a partner with Microsoft), an author, probably a producer or soon to be one, and a TV show star (like it or not DC is one of the most popular reality shows on TV, more viewers then that Kardashian show). That said, most people in Ballard, are likely more “Blue Collar” then he is. Just saying. The can of black spray paint calling the kettle black. No off to recycle my booze…

Ballardemician
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Ballardemician

+1 — Hollywood guy tells you about the hood not being blue collar enough? I'll bet my old 12 year old Saab is level beneath his ride(s).

billybobob
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billybobob

I forgot, he also has his own line of tarter sauce. It's called “SIG The Tastiest Catch”. Sadly, I am not kidding.