After 31 years, editorial writer Jim Jenkins walked out of The News & Observer building for the last time Friday afternoon.
A lot of history walked out with him.
Jenkins (for some reason he often is called only by his last name by those who know him well) is the kind of newspaper man who became his newspaper. He seems to know everybody in Raleigh who has been here a while. Some readers grew up with him, others grew old with him. He gave The News & Observer a face and a heart. He also gave it a memory. He knows who’s who and who did what when, and where the N&O has stood on the issues.