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Patrick Jacobs + 1 Year

Cindy, who brought this anniversary to my attention via Facebook, wrote this note upon learning of Patrick's death a year ago: "Gentle giant. North Idaho lost a much needed voice and the world isn't nearly as bright without you in it. Grateful that we met and that your words remain. Rest in peace Patrick Jacobs."
Cindy, who brought this anniversary to my attention via Facebook, wrote this note upon learning of Patrick's death a year ago: "Gentle giant. North Idaho lost a much needed voice and the world isn't nearly as bright without you in it. Grateful that we met and that your words remain. Rest in peace Patrick Jacobs."

It is hard to believe that Patrick Jacobs (aka OrangeTV), the whimsical muse/restaurant reviewer/fashionista commenter/and lover of all things Sandi Bloem has been gone a year. Our favorite gay bartender at Mik's collapsed and later died on Oct. 26, 2015. When I first heard the news that he'd had a massive stroke or heart attack, I prayed that it wasn't fatal. I wished that prayer had been answered. I never told him that I was bugged that he referred to his stomach in restaurant reviews as "tummy." But I'm glad I told him many times how much I appreciated his work and insights. I helped get him the gig as restaurant reviewer for the SR for several years. Then, the budget ax took him and about half of our staff away. Patrick was one of a kind. His funeral was one of a kind, attended by the past and current mayor of Coeur d'Alene on the one hand and a dude who wore high heels and a tiara on the other. Patrick was one of a kind. In his honor, I'm republishing and linking to a column he wrote on Feb. 22, 2008, in which he addresses a question asked here today. Is Coeur d'Alene of yesteryear better than today? Patrick wrote: " Compared to now, Coeur d’Alene in the early 80’s was a rat hole." You can read his entire column about "My Downtown Coeur d'Alene in the 1980s" here.



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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