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Looking frail, but happy at the attention, former Anacortes American publisher Wallie Funk is welcomed by Mayor Laurie Gere to a book release party celebrating the newspaper’s 125 years in existence.

Funk is credited with authoring the new book, which is being published by the Anacortes History Museum. The book, titled Pictures of the Past, Celebrating 125 years of Anacortes History, is available at the museum, for just $25.

During the brief ceremony at the Depot on Saturday afternoon, current American publisher Jack Darnton said the newspaper was started in May of 1890 as a weekly as the town was in a boom. But, he said that the boom turned to bust the following year and joked that the paper was now a "try-weekly," in that they’d publish one week, then try to publish the next.

Funk is now 93 years old and was obviously excited and happy to be included in the ceremony despite his weakness. He has always liked the attention of the crowd and, at one point, interrupted the town’s Crier, Richard Riddell, as Riddell was reading the proclamation celebrating the event.

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Photographer Steve Berentson, how is a better photographer than I, posted this photo and also offered it to Anacortes Now. Steve hosts a photoblog that chronicles the everyday of Anacortes.

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