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By Jeanny Rhee
Petersen on his sailboat, Yashure, docked at Ballard Mill Marina.

Seattle’s sailor back in Ballard, discusses one God and the Bahá’í Fa

Back on land and in civilization, Norman Petersen talks faith, humanity, and the luxury of being alone in the waters of Puget Sound

By Jeanny Rhee

There are locals that merely make up Seattle and there are long-time locals that epitomize Seattle’s bohemian culture and spirit. Seattle native and Roosevelt High School alum Norman Petersen would be the latter.

Born in 1944, Petersen is an aficionado of sailboats, a social activist, father of three sons and an adherent of the Bahá’í Faith.

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