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Published: Friday, June 1, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Family, friends remember Scoop Jackson

  • Sen. Henry M. Jackson's daughter, Anna Marie Laurence and his son, Peter Jackson (right), along with Foundation President John Hempelmann (partially o...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Sen. Henry M. Jackson's daughter, Anna Marie Laurence and his son, Peter Jackson (right), along with Foundation President John Hempelmann (partially obscured) enjoy a light moment while presenting a Jackson bust to EvCC President, Dr. David Beyer Thursday during the rededication ceremony at the newly renovated Jackson Center at Everett Community College.

  • VIPs and participants in the rededication ceremony at the Henry M. Jackson Center Thursday at Everett Community College listen to speaker Dr. Tom Gask...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    VIPs and participants in the rededication ceremony at the Henry M. Jackson Center Thursday at Everett Community College listen to speaker Dr. Tom Gaskin, who delivered remarks about Sen. Jackson. At left is Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, followed by Anna Marie Laurence, Jack Laurence, John Hempelmann, Mary McGill and Peter Jackson.

  • Boy Scouts from Troop 114 in Everett stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem by Navy Band Northwest during a celebration of the 1...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Boy Scouts from Troop 114 in Everett stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem by Navy Band Northwest during a celebration of the 100th birthday of Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center Thursday afternoon in Everett.

  • After being introduced by Anna Marie Laurence and Peter Jackson, Jackson High School senior Dana Rushton reads her winning essay to the crowd inside t...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    After being introduced by Anna Marie Laurence and Peter Jackson, Jackson High School senior Dana Rushton reads her winning essay to the crowd inside the Henry M. Jackson Center on Thursday.

  • Jackson's son, Peter Jackson, talks about the legacy left by his father at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center during a celebration of the 100th bi...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Jackson's son, Peter Jackson, talks about the legacy left by his father at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center during a celebration of the 100th birthday of Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson on Thursday afternoon in Everett.

  • Sen. Henry M. Jackson's daughter, Anna Marie Laurence and his son, Peter Jackson (right), along with Foundation President John Hempelmann (partially o...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Sen. Henry M. Jackson's daughter, Anna Marie Laurence and his son, Peter Jackson (right), along with Foundation President John Hempelmann (partially obscured) enjoy a lighter moment presenting a Jackson bust to EvCC President, Dr. David Beyer Thursday during the rededication ceremony at the newly renovated Jackson Center at Everett Community College.

  • Stan Boreson shares memories of his time on the campaign trail with Jackson at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center during a celebration of the 100t...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Stan Boreson shares memories of his time on the campaign trail with Jackson at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center during a celebration of the 100th birthday of Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson on Thursday afternoon in Everett.

  • Larry Hanson (left) and Bob Drewel shared the stage as emcees during a celebration of the 100th birthday of Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson on Thur...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Larry Hanson (left) and Bob Drewel shared the stage as emcees during a celebration of the 100th birthday of Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson on Thursday afternoon at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett.

  • Jackson's daughter, Anna Marie Laurence, shares childhood memories of growing up in Washington, D.C., with a senator for a father at the Edward D. Han...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Jackson's daughter, Anna Marie Laurence, shares childhood memories of growing up in Washington, D.C., with a senator for a father at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center during a celebration of the 100th birthday of Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson on Thursday afternoon in Everett.

  • Retired Herald Publisher Larry Hanson (center) listens to remarks on senator Jackson by Dr. Tom Gaskin Thursday during the rededication ceremony at th...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Retired Herald Publisher Larry Hanson (center) listens to remarks on senator Jackson by Dr. Tom Gaskin Thursday during the rededication ceremony at the newly renovated Jackson Center at Everett Community College on Thursday.

EVERETT -- To the nation, Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson spent 43 years in Congress fighting against communism and preserving America's wilderness areas.
To Anna Marie Laurence, the man known as Scoop was a protective dad who interrogated her dates and enjoyed strawberry shortcake with a generous helping of whipped cream at the Evergreen State Fair.
Thursday, on what would have been her father's 100th birthday, Laurence shared a trove of personal stories about him and their relationship during a centennial celebration at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Comcast Arena.
"I celebrated my first birthday in the Senate dining room," she said as she began a journey through her life for the crowd of 150 people.
There was a kindergarten class trip to the White House, private dinners with President Jimmy Carter and his family and those teenage boys.
"He screened all my dates, sometimes for 30 minutes," she said.
When he ran for president in 1972 and again in 1976, it meant an endless schedule of posing for pictures, shaking hands and riding in parades.
"It was enough to make anyone tired except my father, who had endless energy," she said.
Henry Martin Jackson, who was born May 31, 1912, in the Oakes Avenue home of his parents, never slowed once he entered the world of politics at age 26 with his election as Snohomish County prosecutor.
In 1940, at age 28, he won a seat in the U.S. House. After a dozen years there, he captured a seat in the Senate and was serving his sixth term at the time of his death in 1983.
At three events Thursday, Laurence and her brother, Peter Jackson, along with family friends and a few politicians took the measure of a man who rose to become one of the most influential members of Congress and recognized senators around the globe. Their mother, Helen Jackson, who has been battling Alzheimer's disease, did not attend the events.
"It is nearly impossible to capture all that he's done," U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said at the centennial. "For 71 years on this planet Scoop touched so many lives. No doubt 100 years from now Scoop Jackson's legacy will be remembered."
There was a private event at the Everett Naval Station followed by a public gathering at Everett Community College and then the centennial celebration where a recurring theme was how much Jackson loved his hometown.
"This community made all the difference to him," said his son, Peter.
"It's as much a celebration of Scoop's birthday as it is a celebration of this community."
At the centennial, Scandinavian accordionist Stan Boreson, an icon himself, told of a friendship that blossomed on the presidential campaign trail in 1972. He said Jackson asked him to be his "opening man," which, he learned, meant warming up the audience before the candidate took the stage.
"It was quite an experience," Boreson said.
Nationally known political figures took part Thursday as well.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who served with Jackson, and journalist George Will, who covered the senator's career and 1976 presidential campaign, sent separate video messages.
McCain called Jackson a "towering figure in the history of American politics" and a model of what a statesman should be.
Will credited Jackson with helping the country "keep its nerve" in the long fight against the spread of totalitarianism.
For him, the monuments to Jackson "are what you don't see" such as the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain.
For students of Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, attending the centennial filled in a lot of blanks about the school's namesake.
"Before, all I knew was his name was Scoop. I've learned he had a huge impact on the entire United States," junior Rahma Keene said afterward. "It gives you a connection that wasn't there before."
Sam Hickman, also a junior, nodded in agreement. He said he's been studying the Cold War in his history class and what he heard about Jackson's stand against the Soviet Union gave him a better context for that period.
"I didn't know anything about him," he said. "Now, it gives you a sense of pride to this high school."
Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@heraldnet.com.









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