Awards and Honors
KOMO TV - Exploration Northwest Emmy Awards
Don McCune wrote and narrated all 412 episodes of the Exploration Northwest television series, an outdoor adventure program produced by KOMO TV in Seattle. The program is a legend. Over the course of the 21 years that the Exploration Northwest series was produced, it won a phenomenal 26 Emmy Awards!
The Captain Puget Show Sylvania Award
For ten years, Don wasCaptain Puget on the "The Captain Puget Show" at KOMO TV in Seattle.
He sang sea chanteys and songs about the Pacific Northwest, showed "Three Stooges" movies, cartoons, and took youngsters on filmed adventures around Puget Sound. In 1958, Don was awarded the Sylvania Award for the best locally-produced children's show in the nation!
Evergreen State Fair Special Award
Linda McCune was very pleased and proud to receive a special award ribbon from the Evergreen State Fair Commissioners at the 2000 Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, Washington.
Evergreen State Fair Don McCune 4-H Herdmanship Award
Each year, the 4-H Club awards the Don McCune trophy to the 4-H member who shows the most professionalism in exhibiting their horses to the public. Linda McCune takes great pride in presenting the trophy in memory of Don.
King County Event Producers Award
Each year, the King County Event Producers Association holds a contest for the best events put on in King County. We were a finalist in this contest for the grand two-part event we produced on a shoestring, entitled "KALAKALA Remembers Captain Puget", a fund-raising event for the historic ferry KALAKALA.
In part one, the famous Clams (Clem, Clam, and Clum) from Ivar's Restaurants were visiting the historic ferry KALAKALA. The lookout of the KALAKALA shouted an alarm about an approaching enemy, the nefarious Seattle Seafair Pirates, who approached the ferry in an amphibious duck provided by Seattle Duck Tours.
A grand cannon battle ensued between the Pirates and the crew of the KALAKALA, the thunderous blasts echoing around Lake Union. Outgunned, the KALAKALA was boarded by the Pirates, whereupon a massive hand-to-hand battle broke out!
Captain Peter Bevis, his crew, and the Clams did their best, but the Pirates finally won the day, marching the poor clams off the KALAKALA to be made into chowder for the fund-raising event the following weekend!
The next weekend, the public was invited aboard the ferry for entertainment, to have their pictures taken with the Pirates and Clams, to buy memorabilia, to eat great food donated by Ivar's Restaurants, to drink delicious beer and potato chips provided by Maritime Pacific Ales and Tim's Cascade Potato Chips.
Almost five thousand dollars was raised by this event for the KALAKALA.
Alas, we didn't win the KEPA Grand Prize for our event, but we were given a very nice trophy -- and we had enormous satisfaction that we were beaten only by the major event of the year -- the opening of Safeco Baseball Field!
Nellie Cashman Award
Linda McCune was a finalist for the Nellie Cashman "Woman Business Owner of the Year". Linda was presented a trophy at an awards dinner with the movers and shakers of the Puget Sound area. Linda McCune was very proud to receive this honor.
Lightship Sailors Association Website Award
The Don McCune Library website received an "Outstanding Website Award" from the Lightship Sailors Association.
The association is comprised of an elite group of people that have served aboard U.S. Coast Guard lightships -- floating light house vessels that provide critical navigational aid to mariners at the entrances of sounds, bays, and large rivers.