The photo caption at the top of the Web version of today’s LA Times “Column One” article says it all: ‘David Perlman sits at his desk at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he has been a reporter for 63 years.’
Sixty-three years! That means than when the now 94-year-old science editor first started at the paper, Albert Einstein was still alive. Perlman has definitely managed to keep a sense of humor about it all; here for example is what he told some Exploratorium museum staff as LAT’s San Francisco bureau chief Maria L. La Ganga followed him around:
She’s “doing a story about the oldest living reporter — me,” Perlman told the amused museum staff. “She has to be done before I die…”
Perlman was born in 1918, a decade before the discovery of penicillin. Pluto had yet to be discovered, let alone demoted. The ballpoint pen was invented the year he got his first real newspaper gig, a 1938 summer job covering cops in upstate New York.
Perlman got a lot of attention in the media a few years ago when he turned 90 and also won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Read La Ganga’s full profile here and one of Perlman’s latest items – “Rare Octopus Breeding in Alameda Bedroom” – here.