Today’s conversation is with Jean Godden.
Jean is a journalist, a former Seattle City Council member and the author of Citizen Jean: Riots, Rogues, Rumors and Other Inside Seattle Stories.
She’s been part of my world in one way or another for pretty much my entire time in Seattle, which is going on 30 years now.
First as a journalist at the Seattle Post Intelligencer, then the Seattle Times and then as a Seattle City Council member. I’ve been really interested in having her on the podcast because she has been such a visible presence and influence in the Seattle area but it wasn’t until I started really researching her that I discovered that she’s 88 and still very active on many levels. That’s when I really really wanted to have her on the podcast.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to chat with her and learn firsthand about her background and what has made her such a special woman and what keeps her going and inspired.
So in this conversation, we chat about what led her to becoming a Seattle City Council member at 71 and what she accomplished during her 12 years on the council.
We also dive into her background and what it was like growing up having lived in 116 places with her family (no, they weren’t fugitives on the run) and that was before she finally settled in Seattle.
Also in this conversation, you’ll hear her secret to longevity.
With that, please enjoy this conversation with Jean Godden.
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Links/books/people mentionedCitizen Jean: Riots, Rogues, Rumors and Other Inside Seattle Stories (Amazon) Westside Seattle (her column) The Bridge Seattle (radio)
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