By Mary DeHart
Owner and publisher of the Hollywood Star News
What can we say about Lee Perlman? We’ve never met anyone — and doubt we ever again will — who could go to as many meetings as he attended. Day or night. That was his passion. Lee was well known — and well read — in Portland, covering the many meetings he attended citywide. By doing that, he was able to gather information from many neighborhood and business associations — as well as individual businesses, members of the community and local organizations — and relay that information to the readers of the Hollywood Star News. He gave a voice to those who otherwise would not have one. For many people, he provided the main source of news about what was happening in their communities. We have lost a valued friend and valuable neighbor.
We at the Star office will miss the morning visits when Lee would walk in to tell us about a meeting he just attended or a new development that had been given the green light or a new business that had moved into the area. We will miss his old work boots, his corny jokes and his nice singing voice.
Although the Star will miss Lee and all his contributions to our efforts to produce a valuable source of information and news, we are committed to continuing to be the source for news in Northeast and North Portland. That includes our continued support for the communities, organizations, neighborhoods, businesses and individuals that make up this area — and make it so unique and strong.
Lee was a very dedicated writer for the Hollywood Star News. We loved him and will miss him terribly. We know he is at peace.