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Did Bill Clinton dine at Frisko Freeze? Sadly, no

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on May 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
May 21, 2008 4:22 pm

Marshall McClintock is the neighbor of Frisko Freeze who is working on documentation to nominate the Division Avenue fast food haven to the local historic register. Part of his research is designed to place the Freeze in history and he had heard a rumor that Bill Clinton had stopped in before he was president. (He’s already documented former Gov. Booth Gardner’s role as a regular and loyal customer).


It certainly fit with Clinton’s reputation as a lover of all that is good but bad for you. And Clinton had passed through Tacoma the summer before he was nominated as president. Marshall was looking for help and here is what I could provide in an e-mail:


Clinton was in the area in August, 1991 attending the National Governors Association convention in Seattle. Booth Gardner would have been the host governor.


The Tacoma Cityclub had invited Clinton to speak to them. This was before he was an announced candidate but he was getting lots of buzz. He accepted well before the conference and it was something of a coup since it was his only public appearance outside of the conference at the Seattle Convention Center.


Anyway, he was late arriving and actually walked in after the meeting started. It was held in the big room at the Sheraton. I know he didn’t get a chance to eat because I was sitting in the back and jokingly offered him a roll. He declined.


Among those on his security detail was one of Gardner’s EPUs (Executive Protection Unit). He went along because he knew the territory and might have driven. There wasn’t a big entourage, maybe two or three people including this EPU named Richard Fisher. Richard is retired from the state patrol but he is still around. If you could find him, he would know if they drove Clinton to Frisko Freeze or anywhere else after the speech.


Marshall tracked down Fisher, now the head of security at Highline Community College. But sadly, Fisher said that while he was at Frisko Freeze many times with Gov. Gardner, he was never there with Clinton. Too bad. It would have been a great story.


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