Peter Eichenberger of Raleigh, a man who will be remembered for his long service to the city and the world as a writer, journalist and artist died peacefully this Thanksgiving morning. 1955 - 2010.
We take his death personally and as we process this over the next few days we will have more to say about Peter. In these first hours I think it is so important to remember how many warnings Peter gave us over the years, as I think it is probably how he would want the public to remember him. This summer a study on Falls lake reported it may end up costing us 1.5 billion dollars to clean our primary city water source. Peter emphatically told us this was an issue almost 5 years ago. More recently, Peter posted the controversial opinion of the disservice to the mentally ill that the relocation of Dorothea Dix’s services will be. Finally, on his own blog he reiterated there was legitimate information being released about the origins of the 9-11 attacks and the perils of staying in Afganistan.
Whether you agreed with Peter or not, his ideas came from a place of passionate investigation and yearning for the public to know the alternative to the official version. We only wish we could know all of those beautiful connections he had made in that big brain or to at least spend another night hearing them. Even after a serious accident Peter was able to dive into subjects and tell that other story.
Peter’s poetry was consistent to the end. Tuesday he posted on Facebook:
I remember now courtesy of the radio on the Fury, permanently frozen on the local Negro radio station until the honky christian bought the frequency. I had to pull the fuse.
We will miss you Peter. Thank you for your contributions to this place.