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January 2017 First Wednesday Talk – Pacific Sun’s Steve McNamara
January 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$0.00
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017
7 PM, Mill Valley Library
Steve McNamara graduated from Princeton in 1955 and since then has written for, edited and/or owned a large variety of print publications, including the Winston-Salem Journal, Miami Herald, Car and Driver magazine, Competition Press, San Francisco Examiner, Tiburon Ark and, for 38 years Steve and his wife, Kay owned, published and edited the Pacific Sun, then located across from Mill Valley City Hall. The Sun is the second oldest alternative newsweekly in the United States, after the Village Voice in New York City.
In 2008 Steve helped revive the San Quentin News as its de-facto publisher. The SQ News, which now goes to all of the state’s 36 prisons, is the only inmate-produced newspaper in California and one of the few in the world.
Steve first moved to Mill Valley in 1962. He and his wife, a therapist, have six children and live four blocks from City Hall in a house built in 1896.
Steve’s talk will focus on how the Pacific Sun helped change Marin and Mill Valley from an outpost of small-town Republicanism into a liberal enclave. Plus why San Quentin, the state’s oldest prison and one of the most rundown, is the one where most of the state’s 100,000 inmates hope to do their time. At San Quentin one of best inmate jobs available is writing for the San Quentin News, even if it only pays 37 cents an hour.