This is one of a series looking back at Seattle Weekly's first year.
30 years ago this week, Raymond Mungo profiled first-time novelist and occasional Seattle Weekly contributor Alan Furst. Your Day in the Barrel, a serio-comic thriller about a cheerfully amoral and sexist dope dealer named Roger Levin, was the first of a series. But it was only after Furst resigned his day job at the Seattle Arts Commission and moved to France that he hit his true literary vein: a series of period espionage novels set in pre–World War II Europe, the ninth and latest of which, The Foreign Correspondent, was published in June and greeted by a rave review in The New York Times. Happy anniversary, Alan, wherever you are.
Also in its 16th issue (July 14, 1976): The Weekly discovered reggae and loft living in Belltown; artist Mark Tobey's love-hate relationship with the city was explored through the medium of his two conflicting wills; Mountaineers master hike guide Harvey Manning proposed preserving an urban semi-wilderness in what is now known as the Issaquah Alps; and David Brewster and Bill Cushing documented the state's lack of preparation to manage an impending business boom after the "Boeing bust" of the early 1970s.