The following is a statement from newspaperman Michael Lacey on the recent death of his colleague and business partner James "Jim" Larkin. Larkin died on Monday, July 31. He was 74.
FROM MICHAEL LACEY
Jim Larkin’s passing has torn at my heart.
I knew him for over 40 years as we pursued stories across America, literally from sea to shining sea.
He began a newspaper in high school; journalism was quite literally in his blood.
He embraced the idea of full-time staff writers at Village Voice Media despite the expense. And those journalists went on to win over 3,800 writing awards including recognition in the Pulitzer competition.
Jim was a businessman, and he recognized and created a market for alternative newsweeklies. He cut trail where most perceived only risk.
Above all of his works, however, he was a family man. A loyal husband, he reveled in his six children.
I never saw my friend do a dishonest or dishonorable thing in his entire life.
I had a four-decade friendship with a wonderful man.
Now I have only his memory.