Notes from Newcastle — Let’s get Italene on Fallon

April 30, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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There are just some people that stay with you.

For me, and I’m sure I’m not alone, one such person is Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis.

Talking with Italene is like eating a spoonful of sunshine, in a good way, and if it was possible. It’s like preparing for an important game, getting the best pep talk of your life and just crushing the competition. It’s like playing with a litter of newborn puppies or relaxing on a nice, long vacation.

Need I say more?

Spend an hour with the 90-year-old Newcastle musician and your faith in humanity can’t help but soar to new heights.

Rarely do I get the chance to interview someone that so vitally makes me stop to examine how I’m living my own life.

Italene is all about living in the now. She’s encouraging, kind and that signature smile never leaves her face. She’s faced hardships in her life, like anyone, but she refuses to dwell on the past.

She sees the good in everyone and everything. Conflict, hate and negativity just aren’t part of her vocabulary.

Whenever I talk to her, I leave convinced that this kind woman with a pure soul could stop wars between nations. The truth is, the world would be a much better place if everyone lived with the same sunny disposition that Italene has.

I know just in my short time knowing her she has inspired me to live my life without regrets, seize beneficial opportunities and act a little kinder toward those around me; and I’m confident that she has the same effect on everyone that she meets.

In my most recent conversation with her, Italene told me of her dream to one day perform on “The Tonight Show.” That dream is closer to reality than you’d think, thanks to the support of KING-5 TV.

The local NBC affiliate started the #GetGrannyonFallon campaign on social media last month to garner public support for an Italene appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show.

I just about jumped out of my chair with delight when I first saw the @KING5Seattle tweet about Italene.

“She deserves this,” I thought. “And the world deserves to see this hidden gem that calls Newcastle home.”

So, please, join me in spreading the news, overzealously using the hashtag #GetGrannyonFallon and doing all that we can to help make Italene’s dream come true.

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