Ted Bundy; thanks to strangers | Letters to the Editor

Apr 24, 2019

Ted Bundy profile brings back memories

A great article on my longtime friend and colleague Jerry Gay in April 11’s Beacon (“Killer photos: Edmonds High graduate listened – and snapped photos – as Ted Bundy spoke”).

The photograph on the front page brought back eerie memories of those scary days when Ted Bundy was on the loose.

Jerry captured the evil in Bundy’s eyes just as he made us feel the weariness in our heroic firefighters in his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo.

Jerry is a tremendous talent who was recognized early by former Seattle Times chief photographer Josef Scaylea, who introduced us. Jerry drove over half a million miles of America’s highways and byways to see reality in everyday life.

His book, “Seeing Reality,” is a treasure trove of images filled with insight, irony and, sometimes, humor. Today, as a motivational speaker, his spiritual compassion is expressed in his reverence for the earth, for common people everywhere, and for the sacredness of life.

Our Beacon writers and editors are bringing our community achievers and dreamers to life as never before while always keeping us abreast of current local issues and challenges.

Keep up the good work!

Barbara Kindness


Editor’s note: Jerry Gay’s “Seeing Reality” is available through Amazon or by emailing Kindness, who is Gay’s publicist, at barbkindness@gmail.com.


Not happy with Ted Bundy story

I was unpleasantly surprised to see a long article about Ted Bundy on the front page of the Beacon last week.

No mass killer deserves to be on the front page of any publication.

Carol Richardson


Thanks to two strangers on the Edmonds Marina boardwalk

Last week, while walking along the boardwalk at the Edmonds Marina, I had a medical emergency. I became confused, disoriented and was momentarily blinded.

I was stumbling along the railing when I spotted a man standing on the walkway seemingly just enjoying the day and the view.

As soon as I was able, I asked him for help. He (Gary) asked some questions and then suggested I sit down. I didn’t want to sit down. I just wanted to go home. I certainly did not want a ride in the red truck to the hospital.

I’d simply tell them I was OK and then they’d send me home. I didn’t want the ride, nor did I want to inconvenience anyone. I just wanted to go home.

Gary’s wife, Patty, showed up within minutes, towing their 4-year-old granddaughter. I started to feel bad about interrupting their walk and suggested that I’d be fine and that they should move on. Gary, in turn, told his wife to make the call to 911.

I again encouraged them leave me be and to resume their walk.

Gary wasn’t having it. In fact, Gary stated that they had nothing more important to do than see to it that I was taken care of. He said they were going to stay with me and that they weren’t going anywhere until I’d been attended to.

While we waited for the medics, Patty went out to the street to flag them down. Minutes later, she returned with the medics. I was eventually transported to Swedish, and then released hours later.

I’ll never forget Gary and Patty – two people stopping to give aid and comfort to a complete stranger. This is the Edmonds that I’ve lived in for the past 45 years.

Thank you, Gary and Patty.

Tom Sullivan


Grateful for new orange crossing flags on Third Avenue North

I am so grateful for the powers that be to have new orange crossing flags on the corners of Third Avenue North and Bell and Edmonds streets.

The others were torn, ugly, and broken. It feels safer to put out a flag that can be so effective at asking traffic to stop for us pedestrians.

So, all you fellow people who use these new flags, let's all take care of them and save their lives, too.


Francine Cohen


No food trucks by the ferry

Pushing food trucks on the waterfront is a slap in the face to the brick and mortar businesses who pay huge overheads, employ many residents and pay lots of local taxes (“City needs food trucks by ferry terminal,” Alicia Crank, Letters to the Editor, April 4).

Not the kind of thinking we need in Edmonds.

Support our businesses and all they offer our community. Don't cut our own throats with simple mindedness.

Carolyn Strong


Alicia Crank responds: I'd like to note that the food trucks I proposed are those that also have brick-and-mortar locations locally in Edmonds, such as Bar Dojo.








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