We Send Our Condolences To His Family And Friends
During my years at The Log newspaper in San Diego, one of my favorite mentors and friends was Lou Gerlinger, an avid boater and journalist. He had owned the publication and nurtured it during the 1970s and 1980s, selling it in 1990, but never really “retiring” from the paper. Gerlinger was still contributing stories under the byline “Log News Service”.
Gerlinger’s remarkable 98 years were shared first by his late wife Betty and later, for 38 years by his dear friend and companion Rosemarie Johnston, Bonita, Calif. His dog Daisy (Gerlinger loved dogs and had many through the years) is now with her. She said Daisy likes to sleep in the garage next to Gerlinger’s old car. Johnston added, ” Hardly a day went by we weren’t together … “Now I’m realizing how much he did for me.” Johnston said Gerlinger kept his sense of humor through his age.
There is so much more I could say about this fine man, this legend. However, a full story about his life and legacy can be found in the May issue of The Log .
I will simply say, thank you, Lou Gerlinger, for years of friendship and continued support for our own Arizona-based newspaper. You will be missed for many years to come.