The Wendy's hamburger outlet at Fourth and Union in downtown Seattle closed suddenly on October 15, as the chain responds to the current economy by paring down its under-performing units. One of the "Fresh & Juicy" chain's first Seattle-area outlets, it had served up its square burgers and Frosty Dairy Desserts since 1986. As the retail core became increasingly hoity-toity, Wendy's became one of its last low-priced feeding stops. It was a regular hangout spot for the people the rest of downtown ignored--elderly pensioners, janitors, temp clerks, teens, and the occasional homeless man coming in briefly from the rain. All these clients and others are now greeted by a small window sign inviting them to the nearest surviving Wendy's on Rainier Avenue South.

Laurent M. F. "Larry" Chantry, 80, was an architect and engineer for the U.S. government by trade, and a sculptor, painter, and photographer by passion. He was also an avid collector of buttons and pins, amassing over 70,000 of the little things. His multimedia and ephemera obsessions undoubtedly helped influence the graphic style of his nephew, the legendary former Seattle rock-poster designer Art Chantry. Larry Chantry died on October 9 from cancer.

Frederick O. Paulsell Jr., 63, was a "venture capitalist" long before the term became primarily associated with Internet stock bubbles. A former executive with Smith Barney and Foster & Marshall, Paulsell contributed to and/or helped round up the initial financing for many local corporate giants. These firms included Costco Wholesale, Seattle's Best Coffee, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pacific Northwest Title, the Commerce Bank, TRM Copy Centers, Restaurants Unlimited (owner of the Cutter's Bayhouse, Palomino, and Palisade nosheries), and Quinton Instruments (a medical-treadmill maker). He was also on Costco's board of directors since its 1983 inception. Paulsell died on October 22 from a heart attack.

William Natale Gasperetti, 83, ran Gasperetti's Roma Cafe in Pioneer Square from 1945 until 1981. Located at Fourth and Main since 1961, Gasperetti's Roma was long a favored dinery and watering hole for politicians, attorneys and judges, cops, Kingdome athletes, journalists, and assorted other mover'n'shaker types. After he sold the place, Gasperetti worked for several years for his cousin and fellow longtime local restaurateur Victor Rosellini. (Relatives still run a Gasperetti's restaurant in Yakima.) In recent years he remained active as a crossing guard at Wedgwood Elementary School. He was also a lifelong season ticket-holder to the Mariners and Seahawks; he and his wife Marie always held on to the tickets they'd bought for the never-played second season of the Seattle Pilots (the baseball team moved to Milwaukee just weeks before the start of the 1970 season). Gasperetti died on October 23 from unspecified causes.

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