The recent loss of long-time contributor Lee Perlman simply devastates us. We have known Lee since 1978 from the days of the Portland Scribe, the Portland Tenants Union and the whole social-activism hub around the old Centenary Wilbur Church. He was always a passionate voice for social justice and development projects and how they would impact neighborhoods; that only grew stronger as he pursued the facts over the past 30 years. Attending every meeting and faithfully communicating the gist of them to our communities, he provided an invaluable service that even a cadre of new writers will be hard pressed to accomplish. His knowledge of the movers and shakers, the corridors of power, the long-time community activists and non-profit groups was unparalleled; and his healthy skepticism a humorous balance to it all.
We incurred his ire a couple of years ago when we wrote to this paper complimenting it for having him on staff and him for his fine work. Never one to wave his own flag at all, he protested that we were “over-doing it” even though we hoped that he was secretly pleased to be reminded of how much we noticed and appreciated his efforts. Thanks again for providing him with the forum all these years. He will be missed beyond words.
In sorrow, with appreciation,
Jay Harris and Mary Scott
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