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An editor who was on top of all the issues

08 April, 2021

• ERIC and I were good friends, although only for a short time, (Eric Gordon, editor and founder of the Camden New Journal, dies at 89, April 5).

I only met him in 2016 but our very long, wide-ranging weekly (and often more frequent than that) conversations were a delight; with Eric, the art of conversation was still alive and well. I shall miss him terribly.

The first time I went to see him at the Camden New Journal offices in Camden Road, I discovered that he was in the habit of lurking behind a screen wall, holding court on an ancient sofa, listening surreptitiously to what was going on at the reception desk, and calling anyone in who he particularly wanted to see.

He was on top of all the issues that affected life in Camden and seemed to know everyone involved. Despite his failing health he soldiered on, an indefatigable and unstoppable journalist with a nose for a story.

I was gratified that he agreed to come with me to many public events where the burning political issues of the day were discussed.

At the end of these meetings I would walk him to hail a black cab. Over these few years during which I enjoyed his friendship, he and I must have discussed everything under the sun.

He is irreplaceable and I shall always treasure my memory of our long talks. He always had time for me – no matter how busy he was.



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