Chris Hedrick, the academic whiz and former Olympia School Board member, offered up this fine weekend tribute to a couple of influential Olympians of his childhood who recently died.
Mike Layton was the crusading columnist with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (formerly with The Olympian) and Norm Schut was a pioneering labor leader with the Washington Federation of State Employees and later a trustee at South Puget Sound Community College.
Hedrick knew both through his father and he glimpses Layton as a hard-ass mentor and Schut on his throne in lobbyists' former "Ulcer Gulch” in the Legislative Building's third floor hall.
A news obituary on Layton by The Olympian's John Dodge is here. Hedrick's piece at Crosscut on Sunday included a footnoted link to our news partner Pete Callaghan's column on Layton. and a link to a federation remembrance of Schut.
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Thanks to Hedrick for the remembrances.