This is one of a series looking back at Seattle Weekly's first year.
The cover of Seattle Weekly for June 30, 1976, featured a silhouetted male profile with the caption: "This man has been running the most interesting campaign for governor in a decade. . . . How come you've never heard of him?" If Marvin Durning was an obscurity to readers 30 years ago, readers today may be forgiven for not recognizing the name. But after that (unsuccessful) run for governor, Durning went on to serve at the Environmental Protection Agency and, from 1980 until his retirement in 1995, to combine the practice of law with citizen activism. His penchant for public service continues in the next generation: In 1993, son Alan founded Northwest Environmental Watch (now Sightline Institute), which has just issued its annual Cascadia Scorecard assessing the quality of life in communities in our region.
Also in issue No. 14: an excerpt from Norman Clark's warts-and-all history of life in the early Northwest and a memoir of "the first Asian American novelist," John Okada (author of No No Boy), by "the first Asian American playwright," Frank Chin, author of The Chickencoop Chinaman and still raising hell about racism in America at the mellow age of 66.