November 10th, 2011

Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson

Together, U.S. senators Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Warren “Maggie” Magnuson wielded tremendous clout in the nation’s capital. Scoop, pictured here during an early Eighties visit to Skagit County (the Farmhouse Inn), once ran unsuccessfully for the Democrat Party’s nomination for president. If I recall correctly, the politician’s nickname dated back to his childhood days as a newspaper carrier in Everett. During my time at Everett Community College I had the distinction of living in a tiny alley house just two blocks from the senator’s home. In addition to out Everett connection, the senator and I shared a common Norwegian heritage. I’m thinking the draw to the Farmhouse on the day I took this photo was some kind of special on lutefiske and lefse.

Steve Berentson

About Photographer Steve Berentson

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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