Marty Peterson is the co-author of “Idaho 100: The people who most influenced the Gem State.”
He has spent 53 years in public service in Idaho. He is a graduate of Columbia Basin College, the University of Idaho, and Harvard University’s Senior Managers in Government Program.
His professional career has included serving on the staff of U.S. Senator Frank Church; executive director of the Association of Idaho Cities; budget director of the State of Idaho under Governors John V. Evans and Cecil Andrus; the transition team for Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter; directed the planning and administration of Idaho’s statehood centennial celebration in 1990; and serving as an assistant to seven presidents of the University of Idaho. He also served as director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho. He is active in many community affairs organizations, and he is also a well-known Hemingway scholar.
This program focuses on the lives of the people who, according to the authors of the book “Idaho 100", had the greatest influence over making Idaho what it is. These 100 people, for better or for worse, made Idaho much of what it is today. Some of the people are famous, some are infamous, and sometimes they are obscure. But in each instance they helped to transform Idaho in a wide range of ways.
This presentation focuses on a few of the more remarkable people on the list, including individuals from the geographic area where the presentation is taking place.