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Aug. 26, 2010 at 3:21pm

Who are Tacoma's Celebrities?

I'm working on a project that will highlight around 50 of Tacoma's celebrities. What I mean by "celebrity" is not the Hollywood definition. I mean if Tacoma was an island unto itself, who are our most well known, well-loved and interesting people right now? I have already made a very long list and I need to trim it down so I was wondering who comes to your mind. I'd like to pick people who are mover-shaker types, dedicated people who are out there in the community making things happen and who are well known for it. I want people who are so good at what they do that people can't help but take notice. I want people who are visionary and hardworking. Super stars.

Who does this make you think of?

comments [30]  |  posted under celebrities, nominations, recognition, Tacoma


by The Jinxmedic on 8/26/2010 @ 3:44pm
I have to say it- Jeremy Gregory is definitely on that list. A Tacoma cartoonist that gets the attention of Seattle is a BIG thing. (no joking).

by Erik on 8/26/2010 @ 4:40pm
This is an easy one: the top 50 commenters on Feed Tacoma.


1) The top 50 City of Tacoma commenters in public forum and public comment period.

2) The 50 some people now defunct Daniel Blues (via Volcano) Tacoma Files (aka hipster/cred designations):

3) The 50 people featured in RR's parody of Daniel Blue's Tacoma Files

RR called it: Like Daniel Blue's Volcano Tacoma Files only without Hipsters

(featuring Joe La Sac)

4) The Daniel Blue "Who Do you trust" list:

by Urban E on 8/26/2010 @ 6:31pm
Not sure who Daniel Blue is other than some emo who skipped town but I sure know who Mr. Mac is

by Jesse on 8/26/2010 @ 7:17pm
What about the guy that roller skates on ruston way with the boom-box all dressed in 1970's clothes. He's the coolest.

by NineInchNachos on 8/26/2010 @ 9:36pm
Spud Goodman

John Hathaway

Mr. Mac

Tom Stenger

Art Chantry

Gary Larson

Derek Young

Derek M Young

by Mofo from the Hood on 8/26/2010 @ 10:18pm
Oh yeah...let's not forget what commercial/fine artist Andy Warhol said. Something like, "Everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame."

Uh-huh. Andy was the celebrity-conscious Material Girl that Madonna could only pretend to be.

But let's be careful about throwing big words around. A "celebrity" isn't necessarily an accomplished person. A celebrity could be someone who is famous for being famous.

by ElectricElliot on 8/26/2010 @ 11:39pm
Basically anyone in the CLAW. Just eenie, meenie, miny, mo it.

by Erik on 8/27/2010 @ 12:53am
The top 50 bloggers ranked by site traffic listed here:

by Dave_L on 8/27/2010 @ 11:30am
That's a lot of criteria to meet. Whether it's politics, philanthropy, art, or community service, most of the most "dedicated people who are out there in the community making things happen" and "visionary and hardworking" aren't necessarily the "most well known, well-loved and interesting people" out there. It's usually not in their nature, nor do they do it for such recognition of pats on the back. But the heading of your post is Celebrities, and I'm sure that list will be lengthy too, if not all-inclusive. The music category alone would take pages. Dennis Flannigan would top my list, though he wouldn't want to be part of any such list.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/27/2010 @ 11:36am
Any list without me on it cannot be deemed as authoritative

by JeremyGregorySucks on 8/27/2010 @ 12:37pm
Maybe my view is skewed, but I vote Blanketman!

by Erik on 8/27/2010 @ 1:09pm
Let's be fair about this.

It should be the top 50 Tacomans with the most number of Facebook friends. That would be an objective measure of "celebrity."

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 8/27/2010 @ 1:13pm
I'd like to add that Dennis Flannigan is a fine cartoonist in his own right.

by Ann on 8/27/2010 @ 1:18pm
Lynn DiNino
Patricia Lecy-Davis
Dawn Lucien
Stan Seldon

by NineInchNachos on 8/27/2010 @ 1:35pm
Dennis Flannigan is a flake! I keep asking him about his cartoons and he always blows me off.

by The Jinxmedic on 8/27/2010 @ 3:03pm
That's gross.

by Jesse on 8/27/2010 @ 4:10pm
What about the pimp at the mall preaching about the baby Jesus?

by debivans on 8/27/2010 @ 6:34pm
I think Linda Danforth qualifies as a Tacoma Celebrity. Visionary, check. Hardworking, check. Superstar, check.

Oh yeah, and the "Save Our Sonics" guy, just cause he will never quit. He is hope eternal.

by Jake on 8/27/2010 @ 6:51pm
Hmm maybe some Naccarato love?

Save our Sonics dude is a hoot! Funny guy. I was always like wtf seeing him around and then he was co-hosting the Best of Tacoma awards at Masa and was funny as hell.

by Ann on 8/28/2010 @ 8:13am
Dave L.

He has a beautiful anchor on display at Thea's Park -- check it out while you're enjoying the Maritime Festival!

by ALT on 8/28/2010 @ 2:31pm
Even though I've lived in Tacoma for...what...five (nonconsecutive) years now...I admittedly don't know many of the locals. Suffice to say I don't get out much. I would suggest the chalking Frost Park regulars such as Stowe, RxR, and Mark Monlux to name a few, whose artwork has been appearing literally on the streets of Tacoma about every week for nearly 3 Summers already. Not to mention these three cartooning crazies formed a co-op (the C.artoonist's L.eage of A.bsurd W.ashingtonians) built around their pervasive artistic skills. But then, my world of acquaintances is a small one, so I am uncertain how it compares to the broad spectrum of locals that populate the city of Tacoma.

I must say this: Soon after moving here in 2005 I subscribed to the TacomaArt Listerv, and very soon after I began receiving the first of many outrageous, offensive, irreverent and hilarious cartoons, commentary, and spoofs from RxR (RR) Anderson. Even after I moved to Maryland for a year (and failed to properly unsubscribe from the Listerv) I could not escape his screwy postings. It was not until some time after I had moved back to Tacoma that I finally met the man: It was in April, 2008 at the corner of 9th and Pacific - high noon. I was among several who had answered to RxR's brazen challenge of artistic skills issued through the Listserv and headed with the title "ATTENTION COWARDS".

Just this past Friday in August of 2010, Frost Park still teams with chalking artists both professional and novice as they flex their creative muscles and compete for fabulous prizes offered by local sponsors. This cartoonist for the Weekly Volcano and creator of the Chalk Challenge helped draw many of us socially awkward artists out of our studios/caves and got us mingling with other humans. I'm certainly not as cowardly as I used to be.

So, when I think of Tacoma I immediately think of RxR Anderson. I don't believe one needs to be especially enlightened to see that he is among some of the more influential and involved people in this city. If you are in need of a third eye however, Mark Monlux of C.L.A.W. may be able to loan you his fez.

by Altered Chords on 8/28/2010 @ 2:43pm
Eric Bjornson (behind the scenes mover & shaker)
Morgan Alexander (had the guts to open a new business)
RR Anderson (politically very well connected)
Andrea Lupin Goddess (an artistic force)
Thorax O'Tool (uses math on a regular basis to make his points)
Robert/Jesse "the traveller" Hill (good for nothing but famous)

(Sorry normal people - had to throw him in due to notoriety)

by ALT on 8/28/2010 @ 2:57pm
Absolutely Erik B! Time and again he has taken it upon himself to promote the Chalk Challenge and snag sponsorships, helping to perpetuate community involvement and interest in the local arts scene. It's not just he chalk art, though. He's always there talking up local musicians and various artists.

Kevin Frietas is another candidate, I think. He's like the good-guy paparazzi, promoting Tacoma's arts and entertainment with his camera. :D

by ALT on 8/28/2010 @ 3:44pm
oops - "Freitas" not "Frietas". Sorry Kevin. :(
Three hours of sleep tends to impair my spelling.

by Dorky's on 8/31/2010 @ 10:51pm
The Steel Moose

by captiveyak on 9/1/2010 @ 8:51am
oh god don't do it! Don't list 50 more people for Seattle to wrench from our clutches!

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/1/2010 @ 3:32pm
Why not send these 50 up to the 206 while carrying a case of acute apathy?
It's remarkably contagious. Look what it did to Detroit in a mere 50 years. Down from 1,800,000 to 920,000. From being a Great American City to being... well, being Detroit.

Not caring about your fellow man and not caring about where you live can turn any city into a Detroit.

Apathy is the ultimate social cancer.
I take my proposal back. Nobody deserves a case of Apathy. The sooner the case here is cured, the better.

by boearc on 9/1/2010 @ 3:46pm
Thorax - Maybe all Tacoma needs is a downtown 'apathocary.'

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/1/2010 @ 3:50pm
It is absolutely one of the better ideas I've been involved in cooking up...
The real question is, how the hell do I go about doing it?
I know jack about starting and operating a club.

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2010 @ 4:13pm
apathy... or a massive sea change in world automobile market consumer appetites... but whatever... gah Apathy!