Monday, April 13, 2015
NEWSWEEK -- Dire indeed will be the day when the Anderson Valley Advertiser of Boonville becomes “America’s Last Newspaper,” as its masthead proudly but not yet accurately proclaims. For that would relegate the final vestige of our vaunted free press to nothing more than an open mic for Mendocino County paranoids, weedheads, malcontents, crooks, cranks, off-the-gridders, rednecks, wonks, wankers, pedants, loons, autodidacts, Luddites and Silicon Valley castaways. A product of Marin County who pitched a 13-inning shutout in high school (“the highlight of my life”), Anderson served in the Marine Corps and later went to the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and San Francisco State. After college, he joined the Peace Corps, which sent him to Borneo.