Community Spotlight

A fixture in the community for more than 75 years, Harry Knapp has seen it all.

From the construction of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor to talks of Silverdale incorporation, he has first-hand memories that have shaped the way Central Kitsap functions today. He has served as a Port of Silverdale commissioner for 35 years. We recently caught up with Knapp to ask him a few questions about his life, memories and the world around him.

Question: What is your favorite part of Silverdale?

Answer: It would be Old Silverdale, I’ve been here for 75 years, that was Silverdale back then. That’s where the piers and boats were.

Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?

A: Clint Eastwood, he likes to explore new things and help others out.

Q: What’s your favorite meal?

A: Roast pork

Q: Do you have a favorite flavor of ice cream?

A: Chocolate

Q: What are some of your favored hobbies?

A: I love to garden. I raised a huge garden shop, I’ve always been into construction.

Q: Do you have a favorite type of music?

A: Not the stuff they have now-a-days, probably Glen Miller.

Q: Name one of the biggest changes you’ve seen to the area in your life-long residency in Silverdale?

A: One of the biggest things was during World War II when they built Bangor. It changed the whole operation around here. That was a big, big change.

Q: What is your first memory of Silverdale?

A: My first memory was when they did all the work to build Bangor and the highways around the county.

Q: Are you for or against Silverdale incorporation?

A: That leaves a lot of questions open. I think it has to be thought through really well.

Q: Do you have a favorite movie?

A: I like movies that are funny and cheerful, probably “The Red Skelton Show.”

Q: Which local event do you always participate in?

A: I was one of the guys that started Whaling Days. I helped make the whales.

Q: Of your travels, what has been your favorite vacation spot?

A: My favorite is the Washington coast. I’ve got a place at Ocean Shores, I really like the ocean, it has something to it, it’s relaxing.

Q: Is there one thing you wish you would’ve tried in your life?

A: I tried ice skating once, it didn’t work.

Q: If you could change one thing about Silverdale, what would it be?

A: I would probably change the water quality back to better shape. I think that’s really important.

Q: What is one thing you want to do that you’ve never done?

A: Live to be 100

Q: If you had a magical power, what would it be?

A: I would help people that are disabled.

Q: What one person made the biggest impression on your life?

A: I think it was probably my parents, my sisters too. I remember once a week after dinner, we had to get up in front of the family and tell what we had learned at school that week. I think they did that to help us not be nervous in front of people.

Editor's note:

Community Spotlight is a new weekly question and answer feature on a prominent member of the community that will appear Wednesdays in the CK Reporter. We hope it will showcase the personal side of some of Central Kitsap’s leaders.

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