Saturday, July 01, 2006

Another page turns

I was sorry to learn just now that Michael Parman, the recently retired editor and publisher of our local newspaper, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, died earlier today from pancreatic cancer. He was 61.

Although I've written numerous ads and press releases that appeared in the PD (a paper owned by the New York Times), I never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Parman. By all accounts, he was a decent man and a talented journalist.

For the past several months, I've followed Mike's blog, in which he recorded his experiences during his cancer treatment. As is the case with most blogs I read regularly, I grew over time to feel that I knew the writer. I'm sad that his treatment was not ultimately successful.

My condolences to Mike's family, friends, and colleagues. He'll be missed around here.

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