There were happier times in public service, as evidenced by this photo of Washington State Governor Booth Gardner in August 1986. The governor has obviously delivered a joke or quip that won the appreciation of community newspaper publisher Wallie Funk (seated). I don’t recall the details of the event, but notes on the back of a proof sheet identify it as a luncheon held at the NorWester Club, NAS Whidbey Island. Funk, now retired to his hometown of Anacortes, earned regional renown for his own abilities at the dais. Politicians of all levels, all parties, made a stop to see Funk a priority on any trip to North Whidbey Island.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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