The Dude (real name Jeff Dowd), inspiration for The Big Lebowski, once lived in Seattle? I did not know that. And yet, as The New York Times reports in a story on the resurgence of the White Russian cocktail:
"This was the period when Jeff Dowd was living in Seattle, driving a taxi and doing a lot of 'heavy hanging,' as he put it. Mr. Dowd, 59, an independent film producer and producers representative, is the inspiration for the Dude -- a character Joel and Ethan Coen created by taking what Mr. Dowd was like back then and exaggerating a bit, although the White Russians preference is spot on."