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Still Making Headlines at 90

Science editor David Perlman is still making headlines at 90.

It’s hard to find a newspaper that hasn’t drastically cut staff these days. But David Perlman, 90, science editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, refuses to slow down or even take a buyout.

“Sure, it saddens me to see the demise of the dailies. There are people like me who want to sit down over morning coffee and hold and read a newspaper,” says Perlman, who joined the Chronicle in 1940. “Besides, you can’t carry a desktop [computer] to the bathroom.”

Science became his beat in 1957. “With every article I learn something new,” he says.

Perlman’s passion for pursuing news hasn’t diminished. He spent two weeks in the Ethiopian desert following fossil hunters. “That was when I was younger … three years ago.”

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