This Sunday at First and Pike, the Crossroads of Mental Health, they'll be remembering some of the dear departed, such as Eddie Spaghetti, Art Bauder and his dog Toto, Nick the wise guy, Mr. Wonderfreeze, and "Manuel, drunk in our neighborhood for 30 years."
Thankfully not departed, in these reputedly dying days of print journalism, is the Read All About It newsstand, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary. "The newsstand will be open as usual, as we are every night now," says owner Lee Lauckhart of the business a.k.a. First & Pike News. "At seven we'll share a little bubbly to mark the event, followed by cake, coffee, a couple of Buskers [street performers], and a few giveaways that the Times donated." The gathering will include ex-employees, suppliers, regular customers and, in remembrance of Spaghetti Eddie et al, "some not so common folks from the street," says Lee. They'll also be passing out 2010 newsstand calendars.
The Pike Market stand sold its first paper on Oct. 25, 1979. It was started up by Lauckhart, Steve Dunnington, and Seby Mahmias, their partner who died in 1987. Despite the Internet, creating a truly free press, the stand's sales, particularly magazines, have remained strong for three decades. "I've sent out invites, and haven't made any general public invite, but anybody who wanders past is welcome," says Lauckhart. And maybe buy a paper, would ya?