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March 17, 2010 at 1:56 PM

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Remembering the P-I

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

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Sketched March, 6, 2009

Former readers of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer may still miss their paper, which was printed for the last time a year ago today.

Even though I wasn't a regular reader, I miss it too. And I miss the sight of the ubiquitous P-I red newsracks around the city.

When the paper shut down, The Times's blue boxes lost their twin counterparts and Seattle lost a unique piece of urban furniture.

Curtis Huber, single copy operations manager for the Times, tells me there were about 3,000 in the city. (Under a joint operating agreement established in 1983, The Times Co. handled advertising, circulation and printing of the P-I, owned by Hearst Corporation.)

What happened to them? He said some of them have been refurbished and used in Times locations and some have been sold to other publications. The ones that were in disrepair have been recycled, he added, and a few are still in storage.

More drawings
Other sketches I did on the days before the P-I closed last year.

Extra!
One year later, what's happened to some of the former Seattle P-I staff? by KIRO Radio's Linda Thomas, aka The News Chick.

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