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Seattle offers slew of attractions.

SEATTLE WILL BE the star of the show when editorial writers and editors come to town Sept. 13-16 for NCEW 2000.

The city of airplanes, coffee, stock-option millionaires, high-tech billionaires and spectacular views got something of an image makeover late last year when the World Trade Organization came to town.

Protesters by the tens of thousands also came to town. They disrupted the WTO meetings, trashed downtown, and provoked a police response not seen in an American city for many years.

As the new century begins, Seattle is a more complex place than many of us thought it was. It is a city rich in possibilities for an editorial writers' convention of substance, discovery and fun.

First, the fun. We will meet in a mid-sized hotel smack-dab in the center of Seattle, just steps from a shopping district that is one of the nation's most vibrant downtown retail areas. Cavanaugh's Hotel on Fifth Avenue is a few blocks from the waterfront, an easy walk to the Monorail for a quick ride to Seattle Center and the Space Needle. Great restaurants, the Seattle Art Museum, Safeco Field, and trendy in-city neighborhoods are all just minutes away.

On Thursday night of the convention we will board a boat and head across Puget Sound for Blake Island and a Native American-style dinner.

This summer, the Experience Music Project museum will open at the Seattle Center. It is a $100-million-plus avant-garde project designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry and financed by former Microsoft executive Paul Allen. Allen is the number-one fan of guitar legend and Seattle native Jimi Hendrix, inspiration for this one-of-a-kind place. If construction is done on time, we will schedule an event at the EMP.

As for substance, there will be plenty to choose from.

Hear from a panel of new philanthropists about the challenges of new wealth, creating foundations and giving away money. Hear various scenarios for the future of Microsoft and the business of technology. Learn more about e-commerce and online entrepreneurs.

Explore the world of trade in the aftermath of the WTO debacle in Seattle.

Hear about presidential politics from the inside -- the handlers.

Discover what Washington State is doing to enhance diversity in public hiring and higher education admissions two years after passage of the anti-affirmative action Initiative 200.

Meet the nation's only Chinese-American governor, Gary Locke.

In keeping with NCEW tradition, one day will be devoted to member-to-member critiques of our work. Ideas and suggestions from past conventions for new approaches on critique day are being sorted out for use in Seattle.

Professional development will be the focus of Saturday morning. Some great ideas are popping up in the online chatter of NCEW members, including policies for selecting letters to the editor, editorial writers writing signed columns, religion on the editorial and op-ed pages, endorsements, and much more.

Finally, about the weather. No promises, but September is reliably one of the nicest months in Seattle more likely to be sunny than rainy.

Plan now for Sept. 13-16 in Seattle. See you then.

NCEW member Mindy Cameron is editorial page editor of The Seattle Times.
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Date:Mar 22, 2000
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