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July 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Washington journalist Lou Guzzo dead at 94

Lou Guzzo, a longtime fixture of city life in Washington, died Saturday at age 94.

He was a man with at least three full careers. He was a journalist, spending two decades as an arts and entertainment writer at The Seattle Times, and later moving on to become managing editor of the Seattle P-I.

Next, he went into politics, serving as an adviser to Gov. Dixy Lee Ray, with whom he also co-authored a book, “Environmental Overkill: Whatever Happened to Common Sense?”

After his stint in Olympia, he became a commentator on KIRO television and radio, where he took on an elder statesman role and mentored some of the station’s top on-air personalities.

“He was of retirement age when he came to KIRO,” recalled former anchor Susan Hutchison. “Which was a wonderful thing. I found it really admirable that he didn’t just hang up his track shoes and say, ‘I’ve run my last race.’”

Son Richard Guzzo says his father kept writing on a nearly daily basis even after his retirement, until his eyesight got too poor to continue.

As a commentator, his opinions were sometimes controversial. And he never fell into predictability.

“He took every topic and thought about it on a case-by-case basis,” said KIRO reporter Amy Clancy. “I don’t think you could peg him.”

“He was a visionary,” daughter Diane Guzzo Shepp said.

Mr. Guzzo is survived by his wife of 70 years, Madeleine Guzzo, as well as daughters Judy Knight and Lynne Bishop.

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