Walt Crowley has passed away


Walt Crowley, 1947-2007. More here.


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    busdrivermike spews:

    I wish that there were more people like him. An honest intellectual who was open minded and unselfish.

    I raise my glass to you, Walt.

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    GUEST spews:

    Every time I ever tried to talk to him, he was an arrogant snot. But of course, by then he was not much of a street activist having been feted, and bought by the mainstream.

    But the sum of his good works is impressive, a lot of his history is very inaccurate and leaves big chunks out completely.

    Kinda, history according to Walt.

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    Brian spews:

    May God Bless Ted Nugent
    My vote is for fred Thompson
    Rudi is a flip flopper.
    And this goes with out saying
    StybleHead radio program is more than just bad it’s plan wrong !!!!!!!!!!
    Give Chris more Air time on the Wonder chimp radio program

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    Sandeep Kaushik spews:

    I am realy shocked and saddened by this news. I almost can’t believe it. Walt is gone? We all knew about his health issues, obviously, but I always just sort of assumed that he was so tough a cat that he would end up outlasting everyone around him.

    Our collective IQ as a city just dropped 10 points — and our collective common sense even more. He saw the intrinsic humor in the world, and I think that was what made him such a unique and irreplaceable voice. I mean, how many pragmatic and politically savvy Marxist intellectuals do you know? He was the only one I’ve ever come across (and I’ve met more than my share of Marxist intellectuals). Shit, not to get maudlin here but I miss the old fart already.

    Well, I’m sure he’s now sitting at a corner table in the hotel bar of the big AHA convention in the sky, a freshly drawn pint in front of him and lit cigarette between his fingers (because in secular humanist heaven, the Walt Crowley’s of the world are still allowed to smoke in bars), saying something insightful, or scathing, or funny, about something or other having to do with Seattle’s often ridiculous civic life.

    Goddamnit, Walt. Now I have to head down to the Blue Moon and drink a couple in your honor. You just had to go and ruin my day, didn’t you?

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    My condolenses on the death of Walt Crowley. I always enjoy going to historylink.org.
    I did not get to meet Walt, but was fortunate to get to know his national equivalent Michael Kinsley when he lived in this area.

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    YLB spews:

    I’m at a loss for words. Walt was one of our best. I can’t imagine Seattle without him. I am so saddened.

    My condolences to his family. His legacy will live on.

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    Piper Scott spews:


    Walt Crowley was a movement guy back in the days of student radicals who morphed into the role of an unofficial historian of all things Seattle. A sort-of successor with a POV to Bill Speidel.

    He used to debate KVI’s John Carlson on KIRO-7 news on a regular basis in a point-counterpoint format.

    A good place to start is his “Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle published by the University of Washington Press. Couldn’t tell you if it’s any longer in print, however.

    The Piper

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    Mark1 spews:

    My condolences to his family for their loss, even though I always strongly disagreed with his delusional, left-wing rhetoric.

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    Rujax! spews:

    I remember Crowley and Dorpat (for that matter) from the old Helix office (hah!!) on 12th NE I think…then they moved to Eastlake.

    I almost got thrown out of my Catholic High School twice in my senior year for selling the Helix in the halls (25 cents in those days). Probably my best memory of high school.

    Crowley was the at the center of the intellectual power of the counterculture movement in Seattle. I am deeply saddened that we have lost his voice and his drive and his pragmatic idealism.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

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    Piper Scott spews:

    Mossback has a good Walt Crowley tribute/obit over at Crosscut.com. Posted just a few moments ago.

    The Piper

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    Condolences to family and friends. Its been sad month for political activists this year. Hopefully we won’t have to say goodbye to any more for a while.

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    GUESS WHO spews:

    Walt looks very uptight in this photo – not too happy.

    Went to his site and read some of the History …. very brief and incomplete on the stuff I pulled up.

    Good beginning, needs to be taken over by the U. Of course in the short attention span age, maybe that is all people want – very simple overviews ….

    Walt, perhaps you are happier now.

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    Cathy spews:

    Ah Walt, you ruined my day, my week, my month, my… You were part of my reckless youth, junior high, high school, hippy daze and more. RIP. Save a seat for me will you? I’m right behind you.

    You were the smartest man I ever knew, even when we didn’t agree.

    My heartfelt condolences to Marie and his parents.