December 10th, 2006

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I got a big kick out of this clever effort on someone’s part to put a Christmas spin on the Wallie Funk photo display at the Anacortes Museum. Someone tacked a Santa hat onto the photo cutout of a young Wallie Funk performing publisher/editor duties at the Anacortes American in the 1950s. Funk, now retired, was present Friday night when this photo was taken. The Anacortes native moved on from Fidalgo Island to a 30-plus-year career as newspaper publisher in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. Anyone who knows Wallie knows that he is a BIG fan of the holiday season. I think an exciting element of the Wallie Funk collection would be samples of the unique Christmas cards he created and mailed to family and friends for several decades.

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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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