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October 7, 2009 at 3:49 PM

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The new Paramount sign is up, can you tell the difference?

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

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11:45 a.m. [Click image to view larger]

paramountsingguy100709s.jpgIt's true, the new Paramount sign looks just like the old one, only newer. After all my previous posts on the subject (first, second and third), I didn't want to miss seeing the new one go up this morning.

As I started sketching, Ken Naasz approached me to ask if I was the Times' sketcher and went on to compliment my work. That was really nice to hear. I had to draw him too. Naasz is the design director for the company that has built the replica of the sign, Kirkland-based The Sign Factory. The Yakima native said he is especially proud of the result because they usually build signs from scratch as opposed to replicating an existing one, let alone one designated as a historic landmark.

I think they've done a good job with the replica. Taoufik Attalah, who's lived in the neighborhood for nine years, didn't even notice the old sign was gone when he walked by this morning on his way to work. He thought they were just fixing the old one.

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