As I noted last week, David Perlman, the award-winning science writer at San Francisco Chronicle, died at age 101 (https://www.sfchronicle.com/…/David-Perlman-award-winning-C…) All of us who worked with Dave at The Chronicle admired him. He was a mentor to the writers in their 20s (including me in the 1980s).
“Perlman covered the 1969 moon landing from near Mission Control, and he and his late Chronicle colleague Randy Shilts were among the first journalists in the nation to write about a mysterious disease that was later named AIDS. He covered climate change, earthquakes, solar eclipses and the extinction of species, and his interest in protecting the Marin County coast was credited with inspiring the creation of the Point Reyes National Seashore.” (see Pacific Media Workers Guild newsletter https://bit.ly/3di3yaA)
“As City Editor in the late ’70s, he directed the coverage of two shattering events — the People’s Temple mass suicides in Guyana in 1978 and the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at San Francisco City Hall 11 days later.”
Last week, The Guild newsletter published a video made on Dave’s last day at the Chronicle in 2017, 77 years after he started there: After nearly seven decades of reporting, David Perlman, 98, retires from the San Francisco Chronicle.