Bobak Ferdowsi 
NASA’s “Mohawk Guy” was the real superstar of the summer’s Mars Curiosity rover landing, and then the ex-Husky ratcheted up his cool-nerd quotient by returning for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s sci-fi-themed season kickoff. 

Bob Ferguson 
The relentless campaigner has taken down everyone he’s ever run against, and he’s barreling through the attorney general race with the same unrelenting drive. Is he the next-next governor? Or maybe the Terminator?

Bode Dockal 
In his first nine months of life, the baby attended two of history’s 23 perfect baseball games, including Félix Hernández’s hometown blowout. The Mariners scouts have now been tasked with adding the lucky baby to the lineup.

Carly Rae Jepsen 
Opening for Justin Bieber at the Tacoma Dome is almost a homecoming for the BC singer, but we have a better idea: Ditch the Biebs and play our half birthday, Carly! But here’s our number, so call us maybe…or not. (Oct 9, Tacoma Dome) 

Michael Henrichsen
Happy birthday to the Bothell dude who used the power of the Internet to stalk—er, talk—Billy Idol into performing at his birthday party, and converted the shindig into a charity concert. (Oct 26, Showbox SoDo)

Jess Thomson
For her account of a byzantine Northwest saffron harvest, the food writer scored the biannual M. F. K. Fisher prize. We learned that producing the spice is costlier and more maddening than producing most narcotics.