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Published on Oct 19, 2011
Sept. 17, 2011 - Julius Pierpont Patches, Mayor of the City Dump, is retiring. With an intro by radio personality Mark Christopher, he made his "final" public appearance at the Fall Fishermen's Festival fundraiser for the Fishermen's Memorial at Fishermen's Terminal (say that 3 times fast) in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle Washington. Thousands attended (well, dozens, at least) to bid our beloved J.P. best wishes; standing in line over 2 hours for their last chance for a photo, autograph, a word of thanks, and a hug. Beginning in 1958, J.P. starred in the "J.P. Patches" children's show each weekday on Seattle TV for 23 years. After the show left the air in 1981, he (often escorted by his girlfriend, Gertrude) made thousands of public appearances (well, hundreds, at least), as well as visits to Children's Hospital. J.P.'s alter-ego, Chris Wedes, is 83 (he keeps telling me he's 38, but I looked it up - that guy is really tricky) and has decided it is time to retire for health reasons. Learn more at jppatches dot com .....also, bongo-congo dot com to see what Ketchikan the Animal Man (and Gertrude, and Ggoorrrsstt the Friendly Frpl, and Miss Smith, and the Swami of Pastrami...) is up to.