Some new blog posts point out more things worth remembering about Jack Speer.
If you’ve ever written a blog comment you owe this man.
Speer worked in law and politics during his career:
In the mundane world, John Bristol Speer was a retired lawyer who resided in
Albuquerquesince 1962; previously, he was a Democrat state representative from the area during 1959-1961. Bend, Washington
Speer was also a former judge. It might be said that in his day he dispensed “law West of the Pecos.”
Not “Bend”: Bend is in Oregon. Presumably North Bend. According to the Washington state legislature web site, Jack represented a district in King County, where North Bend is. Someone with more fanzines of that period than I will have to confirm where Jack was living at the time.
And now that the family obit has been published in the Albuquerque paper without any reference to Jack having been a judge, I’m in the dark about that too.