Before he moved to Clairton, John Perryman led a Walter Mitty life: a teenage hatmaker in Seattle, then itinerant dock worker and eventual union head, traveling everywhere from Saudi Arabia to the Soviet Union before retiring to Pittsburgh and co-founding an orphanage in Ethiopia. Perryman “has experienced the American work scene from the bottom up,” reads a newspaper clipping he keeps in storage, “and can spot a phony a mile away.”
Then one day in 2019, he collapsed walking up the stairs. “My doctor told me if I want to live I’d better get out . . .
Black Hot Fire Network
March 3, 2024