RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Jun. 27, 2008 at 12:05am

Dennis Flannigan Making a List, Checking it Twice

Constitutions, Lists & Tacoma Still Matter

received via video store owning chess savant:

June 26, 2008
This is an a political inquiry. I'm looking for your short list of thinkers and dooers in Tacoma and Pierce County. Worth knowing because they're bright, creative and when they're in the room, the world seems virtually be reborn.
Think of them as the three people you'd call together to save the hemisphere, or improve education, or create a low cost, non-oil based fuel, or whatever. People with ideas that exceed the normal. People able to think straight, not Left or Right, or my way or the highway. People who "get it," as the phrase goes. I'm asking for three names - I ask that they not be your relatives, a boss, or someone in your employ. This is not about friends, but smart accomplished people. Give me three names of folks you would want in the room with you as you tackled the next great problem.
Email your list to me, dennis.flannigan [at] gmail [dot] com  I'll send you what I learn.
Please let me know why the people you choose make your list. What are their attributes? Why did they make your list?
I don't even know what I'll do with the list. It is not about politics, so please don't worry about that. It is, I believe, pure Research and Development. I'm trying to see who can really analyze, create and produce solutions to difficult problems - of any stripe..
Please add their phone, email or other information about reaching them. Further, pass this on. My world is limited. It is limited by age (68), so there are few young people getting this request. It is mostly Caucasian, so many other cultures are under requested. While the list is not all progressive folks, it needs more business, more Republicans, more academics and scientists. Probably more women, more tech folks, more artists, more entrepreneurs and people of faith to be current. So, pass the email on. 
With that in mind, please send the request on to some of the bright minds you know. Particularly, I hope you'll send it to people who I wouldn't know, but solve problems in creative and effective ways. I don't know many engineers, so that group would be good to get engaged in listing those who inspire them.
Again, three names of people who could jump start any group chasing a solution to tough problems. What do I offer back? Well, I'll collect the names and comments, and send them on to everyone who responds. I'll omit the sender's name, but not the comments and people suggested.
Thank you,
Dennis Flannigan
Still bewildered in Tacoma

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by Dave L. on 6/27/2008 @ 8:18am
I’ll have to think about two of the other three people I’d want in the room (and I just have a few seconds of time right now), but I know one of the three would be Dennis Flannigan. I have met so many people – especially recently (including those reading this) who care and are trying to make a difference. Dennis has been doing that longer than most have been alive, with the help of his family, friends, and supporters. A truly caring, passionate, and most un-political politician. It helps that he’s one of the funniest wittiest guys around, a cartoonist, MAD magazine fan, ex-DJ, and has one of the best record collections around.
(Full disclosure – He’s a friend, but that’s hard to avoid after you’ve gotten to know him.)

Oh yeah, he mentioned wanting to come to a FeedTacoma breakfast, but I dropped the ball reminding him.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 9:09am
good gravy he's a cartoonist? it's google time!

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 10:23am
It helps that he’s one of the funniest wittiest guys around, a cartoonist, MAD magazine fan, ex-DJ, and has one of the best record collections around.

Now it makes sense. It had very strong cartoonist angle to it. It looked an awful like one of RR's posts.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 10:40am
google only found this disturbing site:


I'm keen to see some of his work.

by Dave L. on 6/27/2008 @ 11:30am
I don't know how "published" he is, traditionally-speaking. But his work, cartoons, characters, charicatures have appeared on his own litereature and in other publications, posters, etc. elsewhere for years. And often on any nearby napkin. BTW, he also has a good nose for great hole-in-the-wall, family-owned restaurants. Pre-blogging, he and his supporters have helped buoy many such little establishments. Try asking about him at the Tempest. Or ask the FeedTacoma commenter who used to deliver his paper.

by Annie J on 7/7/2008 @ 6:05pm
I'm a bit late to the thread I know but I just want to add that in addition to the cartoons Dennis is also a great resource of restaurants in town. Ask and he'll give you some great recommendations.


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