Re: "After 50 years, our Norwegian finally sets sail" (Karen Peterson column, 3-22).
Thanks for your tribute to Jonathan Nesvig, one of Tacoma's finest journalists of the past five decades. I didn't hear the compliments at his retirement party, but I hope he received full credit for his legendary pranks.
He once reappeared after a stint in Norway by convincing a local mortician to transport him in a casket in a hearse to a welcome-home gathering at Engine House #9, then owned by reporter colleagues. Jonathan, arms crossed convincingly across his chest, reposed on a pool table until the party began.
In another memorable episode, he returned to the newsroom dressed in coveralls and a spray mask. He sprayed mists of water around a light fixture as if he were exterminating some dreadful pest. He tumbled from his ladder and writhed in pseudo pain. The staff hadn't seen him for a year, but his performance gave him away.
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"It's Jonathan!" they yelled. The life and color of the staff was back.
He was a delightful co-worker and a perceptive and skilled journalist. His skills will be missed.