Morgan's Brain

Mar. 16, 2009 at 12:02pm

RIP: Seattle P-I


What a sad day in the newspaper world:
Seattle P-I to publish last edition Tuesday

I used to deliver the PI in high school (Stadium) and remember going on my first tour of the old PI building and how it made news some years later when they moved the giant neon globe from their old location to their new one on Seattle's waterfront. I heard the globe is now for sale. Back before the Times/PI merger, the PI was known as the liberal voice for the Northwest (the Times was conservative).

Sidenote: this is how small and unknowingly connected Tacoma is: I took the route over from Erik Flannigan, son of State Rep Dennis Flannigan, and now an industry bigwig for MTV/Comedy Central. Now, if we can just get Jon Stewart to do a live remote from Tacoma.

The P-I also had the best editorial cartoonist ever (remember those?), David Horsey. 

Sad days indeed.

RIP, Seattle P-I. Best wishes on the web-only format.


comments [13]  |  posted under tacoma


by Dave_L on 3/16/2009 @ 12:51pm
The Flannigans are some of the best things that (repeatedly) ever happened to Tacoma and its citizens. (Being a cartoonist as well as many other things, I wonder if it would be a conflict of interest for him to be a member of C.L.A.W.?)
The final segment of KUOW's P-I series aired this morning and was a very fascinating story on the globe. I'm sure the story is available on their website. The story gave no indication yet that the globe was for sale. There were ideas floated about it being moved to the sculpture park, or to MOHAI, and MOHAI has been flooded with calls from people wanting it to remain. And as the person from MOHAI said, the best place would be standing above a robust P-I. I remember hearing how Horsey was making quite a name for himselt at UW before he got really famous. An all-around great cartoonist. We're lucky he stayed around. An earlier installment in the same series had him recalling the first (and last) time he picked on Tacoma.

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2009 @ 1:21pm
I wonder if Mr. Flannigan would like to come to our next public 'open swim' meeting at mandolin next wed.

Also CLAW is trying to contact david horsey for an interview (if any reader would pass that along to your david horsey contacts).

Sad day. Seattle PI was one of the papers publishing zippy the pinhead.

by morgan on 3/16/2009 @ 2:23pm
Dave_L: I know he has a sense of humor, but are you saying Dennis is a cartoonist? I didn't know this!

by Dave_L on 3/16/2009 @ 3:00pm
O.K., I may be spinning this a bit, but still, I would say so. I'm not aware of a syndicated strip, or anything like that (others could answer this better than I), but he does great lettering and draws great cartoon characters and doodling that have appeared in at least one publication I know of for many years. And over the years many pieces of campaign literature and things he has created for other causes have featured his own artwork and cartoons. Postcard reminders and such often contained his own such artwork.

by Jake on 3/16/2009 @ 3:50pm
I sure hope they keep the Seattle 911 blog on the site. Reading that makes Tacoma look like paradise.

by jcbetty on 3/16/2009 @ 3:59pm
bummer, dude. The PI was awesome, one of the real, historied paper-voices to admire... so many endings lately, I'm ready for a bit of Happy! New! Beginning! stuff.

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/16/2009 @ 8:33pm
Why the sadness over the P-U? Now, I don't want to sound bad, especially considering my family's ties to the newspaper industry. But, to be fair, the PI should have died years ago. It's only the JOA of 1970 that has kept it artificially alive on the Times' blood. And in all irony, our little Paper that Couldn't is now the second larget paper in WA by circulation... and considering the daily price is now going to 75¢ and the Sunday to $2.00 (with the TV section being 25¢ extra), that may not last long either. Strange times we live in, indeed.

Not that I don't also feel some level of loss. It's a symbol of an ending era in our nation and culture, as well as 100 people out of a job in the suckiest economy in 80 years... and from an industry in it's death throes nonetheless. I feel more empathy for those losing their jobs than for the loss of the P-I.

by fredo on 3/16/2009 @ 9:31pm
another craig's list casualty

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2009 @ 9:36pm
I wonder if Horsey can start dropping the f-bomb and drawing boobs now that he's going to be internet only?

by ensie on 3/16/2009 @ 10:38pm
It isn't just craigslist that is driving newspapers out of business. People just don't get their news in the same way.

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2009 @ 11:03pm
how do we know newspapers are REALLY dying? There is no scientific proof to your 'news papers are dying' theory which is just a theory.

by fredo on 3/17/2009 @ 7:31am
Ensie you're right, I should have said that the internet, and not just craig's list, killed the PI.

The dire situation for papers around the country really is a case study in Economics 101. Consumers in general will not pay for something they can get for free.

Newspapers are responding to the challenge. The McClatchy's are cutting staff positions and cutting salaries but once they get down to minimum wage there will be no course left but closure.

by Dave_L on 3/17/2009 @ 11:01pm
Down below the seattlepi-com puppy-mill story complete with cute puppy-dog photo, and above the photo gallery of star sightings and 7 secrets to happiness, was this gem of a story from Horsey.