FREELAND, Wash. -- If you were to take the ferry and travel to Whidbey Island and seek out a man named Dean Petrich, I can promise you this: You'd never forget it.
The short story is that he owns a piano shop, where he tunes and repairs and reconstructs pianos.
And he's figured out a lovely way to help put music into the Northwest.
But that's just the start. There are secret tunnels, and strange musical graveyards and an urgency to his life that is a wonderful thing to behold.
Dean Petrich is, to steal a phrase, "So Northwest"... and he's also my Hero.
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