The Weekly begins publication in Seattle on March 31, 1976.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 6/21/2001
  • Essay 3387
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On March 31, 1976, The Weekly of Metropolitan Seattle (later The Seattle Weekly) begins publication as an "independent journal of current affairs" (The Weekly). The tabloid joins two other weekly alternatives to daily newspapers, The Sun, which focuses on the sixties generation, and The Argus, a more traditional, issue-oriented paper. The first issue of The Weekly includes articles about Governor Dan Evans (b. 1925), the Kingdome, and public school funding.

David Brewster (b. 1939) and Sasquatch Publishing Company published the Weekly "on the premise of progressive, but mainstream politics, Democratic and Republican" (The Seattle Times). It "sought the middle ground" (Times), targeting young, urban professionals who were educated and affluent. The paper was sold at newsstands and by subscription. Brewster served as editor and publisher until August 1993, when he became full-time publisher. In November 1995, the paper began distribution as a free publication, joining the trend among other alternative weeklies. In April 1997, The Weekly's parent, Quickflash Media (Sasquatch Publishing after 1995), sold it to Stern Publishing of New York, publisher of The Village Voice.


O. Casey Corr, "New Editor To Take Helm At Seattle Weekly," The Seattle Times, July 15, 1993, p. D-6; Chuck Taylor, "Weekly Sees Good Match With Buyer," Ibid., April 15, 1997, p. D-1; Paul J. Lim, "Seattle Weekly To Be Offered Free," Ibid., October 14, 1995, p. C-1; Chuck Taylor and Jean Godden, "Owners Put Weekly Up For Sale," Ibid., January 31, 1997, p. A-1; Masthead, The Weekly, March 31, 1976, p. 2.

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