Hoppe & Horror

Thirty years ago in Seattle Weekly.

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This is one of a series looking back at Seattle Weekly's first year.

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For a midsummer issue, Seattle Weekly's 21st (Aug. 18, 1976) was stuffed with weighty material. On the cover was the jowly, saturnine face of King County Assessor Harley Hoppe, the region's very template for a career politician. Editor/Publisher David Brewster provided a half-admiring portrait of amiable hackery, while a photo of Hoppe in a business suit with trousers so flared they could be called bell-bottoms shows just how widespread the fashion excesses of the '70s had spread.

Elsewhere, Bill Cushing described developer Norm Volotin's ambitious (and never really fulfilled) plan to link downtown to the Kingdome via Occidental Avenue South, while Steve Winn critiqued the city's ambitious but fatally elitist One Percent for Art program. (Its centerpiece? Michael Heizer's three multiton concrete blocks still quietly defacing what is now Myrtle Edwards Park.) But to this reader's nostalgic eye, the issue's proudest moment is the rave review given The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Tim Curry's genre-busting performance as Dr. Frank N. Furter, months before the film's fans' midnight-movie-double-feature antics attracted the bemused attention of the mainstream media.

rdowney@seattleweekly.com

 
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