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Reader Profile - Jim Adams
It’s usually a surprise when Jim Adams picks up his copy of Real Change. He likes to dart across the street and pounce from behind me while I’m selling. This spikes my adrenaline every time.
Jim is the executive director of Discover Your Northwest, a nonprofit that operates bookstores at visitor centers and ranger stations in the Northwest to raise money for educational programs for the National Parks, National Forests and other public-land agencies.
After 13 years, he says “It’s the best job in the world, I think.”
In his free time, Jim plays piano for jazz and rock cover bands. He also enjoys adventure.
“I wish I could go sailing every day, at least every day I wasn’t traveling to places I’ve never been with my partner, Patti,” he says.
Let’s hear more about Jim.
How long have you been reading Real Change?
I have always picked it up once in a while, but after my organization moved across the street from Zeitgeist I got to know the vendor that preceded you, Debbie. That’s when I started buying it every week and when I also started to actually read it. As you know, it’s a really good paper. I especially like Dr. Wes Browning’s column.
Do you think there is a solution to ending homelessness in our own city of Seattle?
Money invested in public housing is the obvious point of departure, but I’m also interested in the few projects that allow chronically homeless people to keep drinking, which sounds counterintuitive, but many of the folks I’ve talked to stay on the street [and] do so because they can’t give up drinking. Wouldn’t both their lives and everyone else’s be better if they had a safe place to live? Of course they shouldn’t drink, but first let’s get them off the street and from under the bridges.
Are you affiliated with any other meaningful causes or organizations?
My own organization is all about public lands and conservation education, so I spend a lot of my energy on organizations related to that cause. But I am a pretty easy touch for a lot of charitable work.
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party who would they be?
My siblings live all over the country. I wish I could have dinner with them more often.
What is the last book you read?
“1493” by Charles Mann. It details the tremendous changes the whole world went through when Europeans came to the Western Hemisphere.
If you were a rock star/musician who would you be?
Stevie Winwood. He’s brilliant and modest. I wish I had his keyboard skills and that voice.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I have almost no formal education. Not that I didn’t have all the opportunities that being a white male born in the 20th century America offered. Actually the fact that I’ve done pretty well without any schooling probably has more to do with the race and class issues in the U.S. than anything I’ve done for myself.
CommentsI've known Jim since we were 13 years old and he has always been a rock star! I am very proud of my brother, Jim Adams! We need to have dinner more often!!! Jim has a heart of gold, just ask Patti.
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