Adele Werdell Ferguson Philipsen

Born: Fort Snelling, Minnesota, "near the time of the Great Depression"

Education: Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas; What year? "I'm not going to tell you."

Professional career: Staff writer, Woman/Features editor The Salute, Bremerton, Washington, Naval Shipyard, 1943-1945; Assistant Society Editor, The Santa Ana (California) Register, 1945-1946; reporter, feature writer, columnist, The Bremerton Sun, 1946-1961; Capitol correspondent, Olympia, Washington, The Bremerton Sun, 1961-1965; political columnist, The Bremerton Sun, 1965-1993; syndicated in Northwest newspapers, 1965-present; resigned from the Sun in 1993.

Notably: First woman to become a daily newspaper correspondent at the Washington Legislature, 1961.

Married: 1941-1942, Tolbert White, Little Rock, Arkansas (divorced); John M. Philipsen, Bremerton, Washington, 1946-2005 (deceased); one child from each marriage

Awards: Numerous from The Society of Professional Journalists, for news reporting, feature writing and columns.