Gary B. Larson
Port Townsend, Washington
a professional communicator for more than 38 years. My
mission was to help people learn about, understand,
influence and use their essential public services. I have
dedicated much of my life to that mission through my work,
writing, hobbies, political involvement and continuing
After retiring from full-time employment, I offered my services as a freelance writer and editor to progressive, socially
responsible firms, agencies, individuals, nonprofit and
political organizations. I was especially interested in supporting good causes that
advocate for the environment, the arts, health, education,
civil rights and responsibilities, and human services.
In Bali, Indonesia, September 2011
My interest in writing and current events
began and grew while I was a journalism student in high
school and college, where I learned and practiced my skills
on student newspapers, including editor in chief of my
college newspaper. I also worked as an occasional writer for
my weekly hometown newspaper while attending school.
Journalism was one of my college majors. In graduate school,
I studied communications.
My interest in government and politics also
began and grew as a student in junior high school, high
school and college--and outside school. In school, I was
elected to various leadership positions, including executive
vice president of my college student government. I also took
part in rallies against the Vietnam War and for the
environment and civil rights. Political science was my other
I believe strongly in our right and our
responsibility to understand our government and
affect the selection, decisions, policies and programs of
government officials who work for us. Our responsibility does
not end at the voting booth. Likewise, I support the efforts
of people to protect, strengthen and use our First Amendment
freedoms of belief, expression, and political action. Those
rights are essential not just to influence our government but
also to influence private companies and nonprofit
organizations that provide services and products for us.
After graduating from college in 1972, my
career included writing for weekly and daily
newspapers about city and county government as well as
education and other topics of interest to newspaper readers.
After leaving journalism, I continued to write about
local government but from within government--31 years in
February 2011 with public transportation and water pollution
control agencies. I had found as a reporter that I could not
tell people about their government and schools in the depth
and detail that they need to be fully informed.
Unfortunately, the traditional news media have become less
effective in helping to maintain and develop public
understanding, interest and involvement in government. My
work also included publication design and production,
editing, media relations, website development, photography,
event planning, and marketing.
My political involvement has continued,
especially since I left the news biz and its facade of
objectivity. I support liberal, progressive candidates,
campaigns and causes: peace and disarmament, environmental
protection, public education, public transportation, economic
opportunity, and civil, equal and human rights. I've
volunteered for Democratic Party positions, campaigns and
candidates. I've used my writing, design, Web, and leadership skills
and my knowledge of the news media to aid social action
committees and groups like the Nuclear Weapons Freeze
Campaign, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Sierra Club.
And my love affair with good writing
got stronger as my work and continuing study have improved
my skills, abilities and knowledge. I worked to help
college students learn how to write clear, concise news
stories and business communications, and I worked to
help colleagues improve their writing. I support the Plain
Language Association InterNational in advocating for clear
writing in business, government, legal, scientific, technical
and academic writing. I also was chapter vice
president and president of the International Association of
My website, Garbl's Writing
Center, reflects my commitment to my growth, to
clear, concise, and useful writing and to helping others
improve their writing. I believe the internet, used
responsibly, has the power and potential to enhance our
communication and citizen action.
Thank you for your interest.
Gary B. Larson
P.S. Besides writing, politics and current events, I love
being a dad, listening to music (and sometimes making it on my fiddle, guitar and keyboard),
reading, going to movies and plays, volunteering for arts organizations, working in my yard,
traveling and taking
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Updated March 6, 2016.