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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 13, 1985

By Jean Godden

Left: Ed "Catfish" Banchero, age 10, working at The People's Meat Market in Black Diamond. Right: Pete Frederickson in his butcher shop.

Left: Ed “Catfish” Banchero, age 10, working at The People’s Meat Market in Black Diamond. Right: Pete Frederickson in his butcher shop.

Eddie Banchero’s childhood friends still call him “Catfish.” As Banchero tells the story, the nickname stems from a swimming accident in Black Diamond years ago.

“We’d gone for a dip in Jones Lake, wearing our natural bathing suits,” he says. “I didn’t know how to swim, and the next thing I knew I was in deep water. When they pulled me out, they said, ‘Look at the big catfish we caught.’ I’ve had the name ever since.”

Catfish Banchero rocks with laughter. (more…)

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