Tuesday, March 11, 2008

TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES: This Day in History, March 11, 1969

Who knew March 11 was “Cute Picture Day” in the Spellman family? (Note to self: add to calendar.)

Today’s Seattle Times includes a darling picture of our dad in a “This Day in History” feature by Lynne Berry, photo by Greg Gilbert. (Thanks Lynne and Greg!)

It’s a flashback to a very good year, 1969, that is. Accompanied by this photo of “JDS” flashing the V for Victory sign is a nice little blurb.

It reads:

John Spellman gives the victory sign as he prepares to become King County’s first executive. King County Commissioner John Spellman defeated former Gov. Al Rosellini to win the newly created post of King County Executive.

Voters also chose seven members for the new nine-member County Council that along with the executive replaced the three-member Board of County Commissioners that had governed King County since 1852. The elections created positions created by the Home Rule Charter approved by votes in November 1968. Under the new charter, the two remaining outgoing commissioners, John O’Brien and Ed Munro, automatically became members of the new County Council. (Source: Historylink.org).

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