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Walter Neary
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This was such a great experience: Scuba diving with sharks off the coast of St. Maarten in the Caribbean. Thanks to them, my first underwater video will be a great memory. 
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This is a good summary of the early military history of Pierce County as seen through the eyes of two old friends of mine. The article and video are by Craig Sailor, who I worked with at The Olympian before he moved to The News Tribune, and feature Alan Archambault, who I consider a role model as I try to plow ahead in studying local history. 
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Very nice story in +The News Tribune about last night's and tonight's Living History Tour at Tacoma Cemetery. It's awesome to be included in the photo gallery! Full story here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/07/18/3294408/tacomas-history-comes-alive-during.html
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To what extent do you think people are grappling with these question of sponsorship because the technology has simply made this version of the question possible? If you look at great artists over the centuries, from Shakespeare to Coleridge to countless other painters of words and pictures, they were able to create memorable stuff because of patrons. Is it maybe better that today you can have thousands of patrons instead of having to just please one or two? Does that maybe involve more people in the art, and make you as an artist more accountable to a broader set of tastes and expectations? That's where I'd come from - seems to me we're just waiting for this all to settle down and people will have to get used to YouTube artists being supported by someone or something.
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One week from today, I'll have the honor of portraying Tacoma pioneer W.P. Bonney at the Living History Cemetery tour. Bonney spent the last half of his life as a historian and advocate for historic preservation. It seems like he posed in every photo taken for 40 years at events about history. So I thought I'd share one favorite photo a day until the event. Now, the re-enactment would be much more interesting if I could say these were all his wives, but in fact no, he's posing in 1939 with daughters of Oregon Trail pioneers at Fort Nisqually in Point Defiance Park. The reconstructed fort was 5 years old then, and they were dedicating a plaque. The women are wearing their mother's dresses, or other period outfits. The lady in black right above the bronze marker is Bonney's wife, Eva, who was the daughter of Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow of Olympia. (maybe you've heard of the Bigelow home, which still stands?) She is wearing a bonnet made by her mother, I get a kick out of this photo since if you've been to Fort Nisqually, you know another generation of ladies in marvelous dresses are dedicated to making history come alive there. Kudos to the Tacoma Public Library for guarding and digitizing so many photos from our past. For more about the tour, such as how to get tickets, see http://www.tacomaweekly.com/news/view/spirits-of-tacoma-speak-at-living-history-cemetery-tours/
For more about this photo, please see http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/images/dt6n.asp?un=9&pg=1&srequest=Bonney%2C+William+P.&stemming&phonic&fuzzy&maxfiles http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/images/images/77/t1/7502.jpg
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They made me a believer at +iFLY Seattle Indoor Skydiving ; that was pretty fun!
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Thank you Walter, keep on coming, we have so much more to teach you! Bring friends, family, business associates. EVERYONE should learn how to fly! ;-D Blue Skies!

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If you spend eight years on a City Council, you deserve a T-shirt! But instead of that, I have this great video of my final Lakewood City Council meeting from November 2011. The meeting is pegged on a proclamation honoring Walter Neary for my years on the Lakewood City Council, 2004 through 2011; but what I really hope the video does is celebrate a time, a place, a team, and a community who sought to make things better for our city.
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"How did a joke we made up about Amelia Bedelia while we were stoned get repeated all over the Internet for more than five years?" This is a great cautionary tale that explains how we will have to return to how things were in the 19th Century, when you simply couldn't believe everything you read, and had to remember that constantly.  http://bit.ly/1qn4sUQ
I jokingly edited an author's page five and a half years ago. Today, it's still there, and cited by numerous well-respected sources. 
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My wonderful colleagues at the Living History Tour at Tacoma Cemetery surprised me tonight during rehearsal as the group walked to my station. I peered at an object there, looked really puzzled, and said ... "what's that?" It turns out that I had joked on Facebook that I had wanted a candlelit disco ball at my station and wow, these people are awesome listeners 
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One week from today, I'll have the honor of portraying Tacoma pioneer W.P. Bonney at the Living History Cemetery tour. Bonney spent the last half of his life as a historian and advocate for historic preservation. It seems like he posed in every photo taken for 40 years at events about history. So I thought I'd share one favorite photo a day until the event. Now, the re-enactment would be much more interesting if I could say these were all his wives, but in fact no, he's posing in 1939 with daughters of Oregon Trail pioneers at Fort Nisqually in Point Defiance Park. The reconstructed fort was 5 years old then, and they were dedicating a plaque. The women are wearing their mother's dresses, or other period outfits. The lady in black right above the bronze marker is Bonney's wife, Eva, who was the daughter of Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow of Olympia. (maybe you've heard of the Bigelow home, which still stands?) She is wearing a bonnet made by her mother, I get a kick out of this photo since if you've been to Fort Nisqually, you know another generation of ladies in marvelous dresses are dedicated to making history come alive there. Kudos to the Tacoma Public Library for guarding and digitizing so many photos from our past. For more about the tour, such as how to get tickets, see http://www.tacomaweekly.com/news/view/spirits-of-tacoma-speak-at-living-history-cemetery-tours/
For more about this photo, please see http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/images/dt6n.asp?un=9&pg=1&srequest=Bonney%2C+William+P.&stemming&phonic&fuzzy&maxfiles http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/images/images/77/t1/7502.jpg
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One of the unsung heroes of my community, Lakewood, Washington, is photojournalist and constant community volunteer Ed Kane. He's just asked for help with a book project through +Kickstarter . Please consider joining me in supporting Ed and his art. In full disclosure, Ed provided Steve Dunkelberger and me full access to thousands of photographs from his archive to use in our own book that just came out. We could never have chronicled the recent history of Lakewood in such depth without his help. Ed could have charged Steve and me for those photos, but he didn't. That's because Ed wanted to contribute to a book about his community. I'm honored to give back to Ed because he's one of the most decent, honorable, dedicated volunteers to community and to real, community journalism that I know. Plus, he takes very good pictures! 
Immerse yourself in the dangerous but romantic (really?!) castle life of the Middle Ages. Photos and historical info of 195 + castles.
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After checking out these links on news sites, you do find yourself wondering, "What the heck did we do for information in the old days?"
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Public Relations Director, Comcast Washington / Advocate for better #localgov
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  • Comcast
    Public Relations Director, Comcast Washington / Lakewood City Council, present
  • Washington Coalition for Open Government
    Board member, 2011 - 2013
  • City of Lakewood WA: Local elected official passionate about #Gov20, open government, telecommunications & a brighter future
    City Council Member, Lakewood WA, 2004 - 2011
  • University of Washington
    Science writer and public information officer; assistant director of the office, 1999 - 2004
  • The Olympian
    Business and Technology Editor, 1997 - 1999
  • The Lakewood Journal
    Editor, 1994 - 1997
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Served two terms as an elected member of the Lakewood City Council, Lakewood, WA and still have passion for better government #gov20 #localgov and #opengov; PR, social media and community relations guy for Comcast in Washington state; help to manage sponsorships and social media and customer relations. On the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. Find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/wtneary I log interesting stories about local government at http://www.scoop.it/t/local-government-policy-practice and my on-again, off-again blog is at http://electing2blog.com/
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Back in the day, one of the first local elected officials to blog and otherwise use social media to interact with constituents
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Lakewood, WA
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Sacramento, CA - San Francisco, CA - New York, NY - Lake County/Kelseyville, CA - Healdsburg, CA - Salinas, CA - Lakewood, WA - Oxford, England