Real Change? Thank you, sir. Thank you, maam. Have a nice day.
  • PHOTO BY BOB PETERSON. Courtesy Real Change
  • "Real Change? Thank you, sir. Thank you, ma'am. Have a nice day."


Edward McClain, commonly referred to as “the Real Change guy” for his work selling the weekly street newspaper outside the Brooklyn Avenue Safeway, died Friday. He was 69.

McClain’s passing was announced on Real Change’s Facebook page Sunday afternoon. He had been a vendor for Real Change since 1995, working the same spot outside Safeway ever since.

UPDATE: A service for McClain will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. at University Temple United Methodist (1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98105).