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3/28/19: ‘AN ASTOUNDING SURVIVOR’
Mar 27th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

A belated remembrance of a local art/performance legend; Boeing and the FAA both promise changes; Rat City Rollergirls need a new home; Seattle Times sells some land for $18 mil, it gets resold for $740 mil.

3/22/19: SURFACING
Mar 21st, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Metro buses leave the tunnel; a UW prof’s old native-language recordings are honored; Councilmember Rob Johnson’s leaving early; Ichiro’s dramatic finale.

3/1/19: HEY, WAIT! I’VE GOT AN OLD COMPLAINT
Feb 28th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Regressive taxation and other longtime WA traditions; waiting for Inslee’s announcement; high-rise condos under construction in the Intl. District; March comes in like a…?

12/17/18: THIS IS NOT A PIPE(LINE)
Dec 16th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

Downtown protesters target Chase’s Trans-Mountain Pipeline role; Bumbershoot was lonely this year; will Bremerton get a Quincy Jones town square?; how to properly describe Amazon.

12/4/18: TOOTH AND CONSEQUENCES
Dec 3rd, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

UW dental faculty denounce budget cuts; we’ll know today about NHL in Seattle; judge’s police-reform questions; state tenant-rights bill coming.

12/3/18: LET THERE BE (TEMPORARY) ‘LIGHT’
Dec 2nd, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

A big, privately-financed outdoor art installation; more earthquake fears; what the dead ICE jail inmate wrote to his lawyer; George Bush the First without tears.

9/27/18: STATE OF THE ART OF THE STATE
Sep 26th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

Seattle’s art and performance scenes are fighting back; protests over KEXP’s axing of protesters’ favorite show; a local angle on the Kavanaugh scandal; Amazon’s anti-union video surfaces.

7/17/17: ‘WHO”S THAT LADY
Jul 16th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

As the first “official” female Doctor Who lead is announced, MISCmedia MAIL remembers the local woman who starred in several DW fan films. Also: Past allegations against Ed Murray revealed; a war hero facing deportation; the miracle of cross-laminated timber; and a neighbor’s dispute gets taken to Google Earth.

7/10/17: THE BATTLE BEGINS (MAYBE)
Jul 9th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

In Monday’s MISCmedia MAIL: Today will likely see the start of the legal skirmishes to either confirm or reject Seattle’s proposed municipal income tax. Also: Jay Inslee as a “demo singer” for the Dems’ campaign points; more doubts about the state budget deal; another anti-trans “bathroom bill” fails; and the Rep planning a grunge musical.

5/11/17: HOW UP WAS MY STREAM
May 10th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Thursday’s MISCmedia MAIL ponders the viability of events like the Upstream Music Fest; examines what Ed Murray might be able to do in his remaining eight months; notes outrage over racist/sexist characterizations in a play’s audition notice (and perhaps also in the play itself); and finds sex-worker prosecutions on the rise despite an official change in city policy.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/10/17: ALL YESTERDAY’S TOMORROWS
Jan 9th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We finally have something to look forward to this year! (Two things, if you count the possibility of a little snow on Tuesday.) Additional topics include a local eco-activist’s part of a global effort to keep once-futuristic electronic gadgets out of dumps and landfills; the just-started and already deadlocked Legislature; how urban growth affects plant/animal evolution; and Teatro ZinZanni’s site getting sold off.

MISCmedia MAIL for 6/7/16
Jun 6th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The potential last day of the current hot spell includes stuff about an all-gender, anti-“rape culture” march; another govt. whistleblower harassed; a local visit by “the inventor of the World Wide Web;” charter schools that are more “diverse” than nearby public schools; and a remembrance of the father of whale-capturing (and, indirectly, of whale awareness/protection).

MISCmedia MAIL for 2/9/16
Feb 8th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

When you’re the only supermarket operator in a lot of area towns, what famous board game do you use for a seasonal promotion? Also in the news: Seattle’s denser than ever (and some consider that a good thing); the big Costco/American Express divorce; Marshawn Lynch farewells; local Mardi Gras-esque activities.

MISCmedia MAIL for 2/5/16
Feb 4th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We head into a Seahawk-less Super Bowl weekend with footage of the TP’ing of Pam Roach’s office; a known creator of toxic chemical debris wanting to build a big biofuel refinery; a plea for understanding by the mom of a heroin victim; an attempt at increased state aid to the homeless; and the usual gazillion weekend activities.

LOU GUZZO, 1917-2013
Jul 3rd, 2013 by Clark Humphrey

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Known for decades as a cranky reactionary political commentator, you might find it hard to believe he’d started as a Seattle Times art and theater reviewer.

There, and later as managing editor at the P-I, he regularly advocated for the “fine arts” as a civilizing force, a means toward furthering the region’s progress from frontier outpost to respectable conservative community.

When the Seattle World’s Fair ended, Guzzo famously editorialized that the fair grounds (to become Seattle Center) should be devoted entirely toward arts/cultural pursuits. He specifically did not want any amusement-park rides there. He lived to see them finally removed.

One of Guzzo’s closest allies in this education-and-uplifting ideology was Dixy Lee Ray, who ran the Pacific Science Center. He later worked for Ray at the Atomic Energy Commission and during her one term as Washington Governor.

After Ray was primaried out of a re-election bid in 1980, Guzzo became a regular commentator on KIRO-TV. That’s where, in 1986, he delivered a blistering attack against greasy-haired, anti-social punk rockers. (The motivation was the infamous Teen Dance Ordinance, which Guzzo supported.)

In response, a local hardcore combo called the Dehumanizers released a blistering attack on him, in the form of a 45 entitled “Kill Lou Guzzo” (which began with a sample of Guzzo’s original commentary). Guzzo sued the band and its record-label owner David Portnow. Portnow responded by pressing more copies.

After retiring from KIRO at the end of the 1980s, Guzzo started a “voice of reason” website and self-published several books.

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