He also claimed to be the first person to put a political message in a fortune cookie, another first that wants an asterisk. It is, however, the smiley face that still defines his life, witness his book, boiled down from 2,842 pages to a pithy 100 pages of narrative demonstrating how a smiley face guy from Seattle became an Arizona sourpuss in just a few short decades.
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The issues that Uhlman and Tuai talked about had remarkable durability over time -- fairness among ethnic and racial players in jobs, housing and education, protection of the neighborhoods from the incursions of large transportation projects, Seattle's role in international trade. They were essentially the issues of the Mayors who followed them – Royer and Rice. But now, think of trying to speak to a voter in 1973 with the vocabulary of today’s digital age. Think of all the companies who weren’t around in 1973 and all the issues they create today. About 45% of Seattle residents are under 30 years old today. Do any of the presumptive mayors know what to say to them? Think of the changed demographics. Asians and hispanics now outnumber black voters in Seattle three to one.
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