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SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is joining a grassroots effort in Seattle to name one of the two newest additions to Washington state's ferry fleet after a famed local personality who died in 1985.
Bartell said it would help distribute petitions at its stores to support an effort to have one of Washington State Ferries' new vessels named after Ivar Haglund. Haglund was born in 1905 to a family that had purchased land from Seattle pioneer Doc Maynard and is renowned in the city as a folk singer and promoter of regional folk music, radio personality, founder of the city's first aquarium and of the Ivar's seafood chain. Washington State Ferries, part of the state Department of Transportation, operates the largest ferry system in the United States and one of the largest in the world.
"The 'M.V. Ivar Haglund' plying the waters of Puget Sound would be a fitting tribute to this legacy," Bartell's chairman and CEO George Bartell said. "Ivar brought the color and pioneering spirit of Puget Sound to our doorsteps through his music, restaurants and colorful personality."