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Ryan Crocker: Back to Normalcy

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My Sunday column was about U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker’s intention to move here with his wife about a year from now when he retires.
He spent some time here in his childhood.

Crocker seemed like a regular Spokane nice guy. Indeed, toward the end of our editorial board meeting, he revealed this fact: The dream of returning to Spokane keeps him going. He and his wife, Christine, a retired Foreign Service secretary, own 13 acres in rural Spokane County. A year from now, they plan to be living here. Crocker will not continue to serve in Iraq, nor any other global hot spot, even if asked by the new president.

“That’s one thing we do to remind ourselves there is a future,” he said. “We go over those (Spokane) house plans again and change a wall here and change a wall there.”

Crocker is 58 so spent time here in Spokane’s 1950s-1960s era when things were a lot different.
For those of you who were also around then, what do you think has changed the most about Spokane since then? What has changed the least?

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