By Meg Colgate
La Conner Weekly News 

Happy birthday to you: Tom Robbins is now 90 years old!


Last updated 7/21/2022 at 6:42pm

Photo courtesy of Alexa Robbins

Tom Robbins has written lots of words over the decades from his cabin squarely in the middle of La Conner. His tools have changed – he no longer toils over a typewriter – but his creativity remains unbounded.

Surrounded by a carefully curated assortment of tiny toys and random delights, Tom Robbins, one of the most engaging writers of serio-comic culture, leans over his keyboard. He is replying to one of the many love letters received daily from his fandom.

It is July and the fireplace crackles inside this 148 year-old cabin in La Conner. Here and there, tables and shelves overflow with treasured memorabilia reflecting the boyish sweetness of a childhood maintained. Notable amongst this collection are a series of peach cans, buddhas, antique circus toys and a neon baby riding a fish, all of which appear to be arranged in quiet contemplation of a fine selection of woodpecker art. One pivots to a stunning display of ephemera from a spam carving contest, a stained glass window of an aerialist and finally a Chairman Mao poster.

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