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Title Oral History of Dick Spotswood
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, former Mill Valley City Council member Dick Spotswood gives an engaging account of a life in politics. Born in 1947, Dick situates his story within a larger family history and network of relations that stretch back to colonial Virginia on his father’s side and northwest Italy on his mother’s side. A San Francisco native, Dick first got into politics as president of the Young Democrats at the University of San Francisco, where he invited the likes of Bobby Kennedy and Ed Muskie to speak. In 1976 Dick moved to Mill Valley with his wife Joanne, and in 1980 he was elected to City Council. Dick recounts his time in local government and the many people he worked with, as well as his career as a writer and newspaper columnist — politics by other means — after stepping down from the City Council. Throughout this oral history Dick expresses his love for Mill Valley, which he interestingly describes as “a New England college town without the college,” telling his Mill Valley story with a keen sense for the details.
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Dates of Creation 2015-01-07
Narrator's name Spotswood, Dick
Interviewer Addeo, Ed
Creator Mill Valley Historical Society
Extent and Medium Transcript: 18pp
Recording: 00:53:10
Search Terms Anderson, Paul
Barnard, Jean
Binderup, Doug
Boessenecker, Joan
Burton, Bob
City council members
Dawson, Doug
Foote, Kathleen
Hazen, Vern
Jessup, Dick
Lawyers
Military service
Politics & government
Praszker, Flora
Writers
Object ID 2016.030.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.