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November 11, 2004

Thanks, Al

Alfred Hamilton knew how to break up the drive between Seattle and Portland. Generally by annoying the hell out of me for at least 20 miles. His huge Uncle Sam billboard along Interstate 5 at Chehalis always tweaked some political sensibility of mine. Mr. Hamilton was a past master at getting my goat with his pithy conservative jibes.

News of his death this week at age 83 is sad indeed. Part of me wants to believe he was a grumpy old coot, but I know that cannot be. Anyone who can be so nettlesome for so long has to have a serious twinkle in his eye.

At the risk of insulting his memory, he would have made a fine newspaper headline writer. He burnished the First Amendment for more than three decades. Nice work.

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Posted by Lance Dickie at November 11, 2004 04:39 PM



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