The Seattle Times this Capitol Hill Block Party weekend takes a look at the man behind the most successful publishing empire on Capitol Hill. Not me
Seattle’s Tim Keck forever remains The Stranger
Two decades ago, as a 23-year-old college dropout fresh from Wisconsin, Tim Keck led a group of provocateurs to create The Stranger, Seattle’s crusading, constantly profane and sometimes hilarious newsweekly.
By Jonathan Martin
IT’S ELECTION night 2009, and Tim Keck has been party-hopping in a limousine full of nightclub owners to all the right places. Late into the night, he breezes into the War Room bar on Capitol Hill to join the throng celebrating Mike McGinn’s narrow victory over Joe Mallahan to become Seattle’s next mayor. The room is electric with the energy of an underdog upending the establishment. And it’s Keck’s kind of party.
Two decades ago, as a 23-year-old college dropout fresh from Wisconsin, Keck had led a group of provocateurs disdainful of the establishment. The name Keck chose for their business — The Stranger — was no coincidence.
Keck is still publisher of The Stranger, the man behind the curtain of Seattle’s crusading, constantly profane and sometimes hilarious newsweekly. more…