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|Reginald Lee "Reggie" Thompson|
|Birth: ||May 14, 1953|
|Death: ||May 2, 2013|
The following is from the memorial service that Real Change newspaper held for Reggie on Friday, May 17th, 2013. The memorial card that was provided to guests included pictures of Reggie, as well as photos that he had taken, and a poem that he had written. There is a one-on-one video interview with Reggie that is roughly 5 minutes long on YouTube. His full obituary can be read here via Real Change's website, published May 22, 2013 (Vol: 20 No: 21). The paper it was published in contained an artist's rendering of Reggie; one of Reggie's paintings; a few of Reggie's photos; and a poem that he wrote. Reggie passed away in his sleep, and he'll be missed beyond measure by those who knew him.
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF
Friday, May 17, 2013
Art Exhibit and Memorial
May 14, 1953 - May 2, 2013
Reginald "Reggie" Thompson was born in 1953. He was an artist, a writer, a musician, an Alaska fisherman, and Real Change vendor.
He came to the Northwest from Virginia to work in the fishing industry. After getting injured on the job, he moved to Seattle and began selling Real Change. During his five years selling the paper, he became well-loved by his friends and customers at Specialty's Bakery, Starbuck's, and Tully's coffee shops in Downtown Seattle.
At Real Change, Reggie was honored as "Vendor of the Week" four times. Some of his poetry was published in Real Change and on the website of the International Network of Street Newspapers. He was a beloved part of the Real Change community, and is remembered as a creative, compassionate, intelligent, and hard-working man.
In his free time, Reggie pursued various artistic mediums including photography, poetry and music. He became actively involved with the non-profit Seattle arts organization, Path with Art, and his work was often displayed in local gallery showings. Today, his art is on display in the Real Change office to honor his life. A small selection of his photographs is featured here.
Below are links to Reggie's Real Change "Vendor of the Week" honors, as well as some of his Path with Art work and other honorable mentions and his personal contributions.
- Various images by and of Reggie: a collection
- Real Change VOTW - April 10, 2013-Vol: 20 No: 15
- Video interview with Reggie - March 2013
- Path with Art Artwork of the Month - July 2012
- Path with Art That's a Wrap: Another Great Photo Field Class July 31, 2012 - Reggie pictured in group photo
- Path with Art The Crown Jewel of Capitol Hill: Volunteer Park July 25, 2012
- Path with Art Zen & The Art of Photography: Japanese Gardens July 20, 2012
- Path with Art Otherworldly Creations & Alien Tourists: Seattle Center July 4, 2012
- Path with Art Fair Skies & Smooth Sailing: Bremerton via Ferry poem featured in addition to photos - June 26, 2012
- Path with Art Gray Day Wanderings: Discovery Park Contains a photo of Reggie and a classmate - June 19, 2012
- Path with Art Back in Time on the Seattle Skyline: Smith Tower June 9, 2012
- Path with Art photo of Reggie, taken by a classmate June 6, 2012
- Path with Art Land & Cityscape Interface: Jose Rizal Park June 6, 2012
- Real Change kudo's to Reggie from a customer (Leana) June 6, 2012-Vol: 19 No: 23
- Real Change Reggie's poem "Financial Blues" June 6, 2012-Vol: 19 No: 23
- YouTube a personal video interview with Reggie April 2012
- Real Change VOTW - March 7, 2012 - Vol: 19 No: 10
- Real Change RC Blog - July 8, 2011
- Real Change VOTW - July 6, 2011 - Vol: 18 No: 26
- Poor News Network Reggie's Corner Rap - Showtime May 15, 2011
- Poor News Network Reggie's Corner Rap-Gone All Out With The Wind March 29, 2011
- Poor News Network Reggie's Corner Rap - Spring Is Green March 29, 2011
- Poor News Network Slum Lord Millionare March 29, 2011
- Path with Art Artwork of the Month - Nov 2010
- Poor News Network Summer of Trauma: Tent City, Alaska October 10, 2010 (includes a picture of Reggie)
- Real Change Construction co. offers winter weather gear - December 2, 2009 - Vol: 16 No: 52 Reggie's wish list
- Real Change VOTW - March 4, 2009 - Vol: 16 No: 10
Specifically: It's unknown at this time whether he will be buried in Washington, in Virginia, or elsewhere.
Created by: LC-NW
Record added: May 18, 2013
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